In association with Rio Film School, the London venue Guanabara presents Guanabara Social Club, a mini-festival of Latin American and Brazilian films. The event started on the 2nd of April and it will be happening every Monday until the 23rd of May.
The film selection is very eclectic and every choice is spot on, making this event a must go for anyone interested in Latin American and/or Brazilian culture and film production. Oh! And there’s also some Brazilian music, dance, food and drinks to get you in the mood!
On the list below you can find the exact dates when the films are going to be shown and a short summary of each production. For any further information please go to guanabara.co.uk.
April 4th – Waste Land
Produced by Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”) and architect Vik Muniz, this a 2011 Academy Awards Nominee for Best Feature Documentary that shows how, literally, art can be found in the garbage. The trailer and any other information about this film can be found on Waste Land’s official website: wastelandmovie.com/
April 11th – Linha de Passe
Director Walter Salles (from the acclaimed Central Station) tells the story of four brothers trying to find a life beyond the slums of Sao Paulo. Part of 2008 Cannes Festival Official Selection, Linha de Passe won the award for best actress with Sandra Corveloni. Trailer with English subtitles:
April 18th – Havana Blues
Part of the Official Selection in Cannes 2005 and internationally awarded, this Cuban production tells the story of two young friends who wish to become music stars in Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Trailer:
April 25th – South of the Border
An outstanding political documentary by Oliver Stone. On a road trip through South America, the director explores the social and political reality in five different countries through interviews with presidents and local authorities. An eye opening film that is a must watch. The official trailer can be found here:
May 2nd – Central Station
Brazilian fiction masterpiece by director Walter Salles, Central do Brasil (original title) was an international success, winning the 1999 Berlin’s Golden Bear and also Best Foreign Film award at both the Golden Globe’s and the BAFTA’S. It tells the story of an unusual friendship between a single and grumpy old lady who writes letters for illiterate people and a young boy who doesn’t know his father and has just lost his mother. Considered one of the best Brazilian films of all times, Central Station is also known as one of the best films of multi-awarded Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, who was nominated to the Academy Awards for best actress after this film. Trailer can be found on the IMDB website: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1924989209/
May 9th – Moro no Brasil
This film is an exciting music documentary journey from North to South of Brazil, produced and starred by Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki, who travels around the country discovering the diversity of the multicultural Brazil. The trailer:
May 16th – Bus 174
Directed by Brazil’s most talked about director Jose Padilha, this is a hard hitting documentary about a bus that was hijacked in Rio de Janeiro in year 2000 by a young guy called Sandro do Nascimento. This violent event became world news headline at the time as Brazilian TV’s broadcasted it live. The documentary focuses on Sandro’s profile and tries to investigate what was behind his criminal behaviour. Trailer:
May 23rd – Life in Rhythm and Favela Rising
A Rio Film School production about the effect of music on the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, Life in the Rhythm is a short documentary that goes around Rio de Janeiro showing different styles of music enjoyed by the cariocas. Rio Film School’s website: http://www.riofilmschool.com/
Favela Rising is another high profile documentary that tells the story of Anderson de Sa, a former drug-trafficker that found his way out through music and created Afro Reggae, one of the most important and respected Brazilian NGOs. Trailer:
Written by Eduardo Pagnoncelli
2nd April – 23rd May Guanabara Social Club
Parker Street – WC2B 5PW guanabara.co.uk 020 7242 860