In the midst of what is turning out to be literally the hottest summer on record in New York City, all that sweat is finally being put to good use as the Museum of Modern Art celebrates its annual Premiere Brazil! Festival. A collaboration between MoMA and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the annual event introduces New York audiences to accomplished work by both new and established Brazilian filmmakers. The Festival runs from July 12 to 24 at the Museum of Modern Art.
The 10th edition features the return of new works by filmmakers previously featured in the series, including Eduardo Coutinho (the subject of a retrospective in 2009), whose moving documentary SONGS explores the most intimate meaning of the songs in our lives. Other returning champs include Beto Brant, making his third appearance with I’D RECEIVE THE WORST NEWS FROM YOUR WONDERFUL LIPS (co-directed with Renato Ciasco), a sensual melodrama set against a steamy Amazonian backdrop; Selton Mello, who premiered his first film in the 2009 edition, returning with the enchanting tragicomedy THE CLOWN; Breno Silveira, whose TWO SONS OF FRANCISCO screened in 2006; and Eryk Rocha, whose inspired debut PASSERBY builds on the promise of his earlier short films.
Films from talented newcomers who are the latest stars of the Brazilian film scene are also featured. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla offer a specifically Brazilian transgender story with the documentary LOOK AT ME AGAIN, a portrait of Silvio Luccio, who was born a woman and became a man. Vinicius Coimbra redefines the film Western with a unique story of redemption and revenge with the atmospheric MATRAGA. Special treats for the 10th anniversary include a restored print of Leon Hirszman’s beloved and much-awarded 1972 drama SAO BERNARDO, as well as two films, made by five young directors, about life in the favelas. All the films are New York premieres, and initial screenings will be introduced by the filmmakers. For more information, visit: www.moma.org