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Film Society of Lincoln Center to Embark on BRAZILIAN SAGA: CARLOS DIEGUES' CINEMATIC ADVENTURES, 4/12-18

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today a BRAZILIAN SAGA: CARLOS DIEGUES' CINEMATIC ADVENTURES, a comprehensive survey of the groundbreaking filmmaker's work, from April 12 - 18. A pioneer of the revolutionary Cinema Novo movement, which made film an integral part of the cultural and sociopolitical struggles facing Brazil in the 60's. Diegues' now-iconic films had a historical emphasis and were among the first to bring Afro-Brazilian culture to life on film.

Diegues began directing short films in 1960 and made his first feature film, GANGA ZUMBA, which takes place at the end of the 16th century and follows slaves working in northeastern Brazilian sugar cane mills who conspire to escape to Quilombo dos Palmares, a haven for fugitive black slaves. He returns to the subject of this film with QUILOMBO in the 1980's, starring Tony Tornado as the legendary leader of runaway slaves who have fled a sugar cane mill in Pernambuco.

In one of his most musical films, RIO'S LOVE SONGS, Carlos Diegues creates a cinematic quilt consisting of four episodes inspired by a quartet of Brazil's greatest songsmiths-Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque. Additional highlights in the survey include: ORFEU, an adaptation of Vinicius de Moraes' play Orfeu da Conceição, in which Diegues frames the classic Orpheus tale in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and TIETA, an adaptation of Jorge Amado's acclaimed novel into a vibrant drama starring Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands).

All screenings will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). Tickets will go on sale February 28, 2013 at the Film Society's box offices; and online at www.FilmLinc.com. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. Plus, save when you purchase tickets to three films or more with a special discount package. A three film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for complete information.

Films, Descriptions & Schedule

The Big City/A Grande Cidade
Carlos Diegues, 1966, Brazil; 80m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
Arriving in Rio de Janeiro from her northeast Brazilian home, Luzia (Anecy Rocha) searches for her fiancé Jasão. During her quest, Luzia meets Calunga, a local scoundrel who shows her the city, and Inácio, who is considering returning home to the northeast. She discovers that Jasão is now a feared thief operating in one of the city's favelas. Before Luzia can save him, both become victims of the big city's violence.
Sunday, April 14 at 2:00pm

Bye Bye Brazil/Bye Bye Brasil
Carlos Diegues, 1979, Argentina/Brazil/France; 105m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
A motley crew of traveling performers entertains a wide range of audiences across the massive northern Brazilian landscape. Accordionist Ciço (Fábio Júnior) and his wife Dasdô (Zaira Zambelli) join the rollicking caravan, leading to a string of adventures across the Amazon.
Friday, April 12 at 6:15pm
Monday, April 15 at 3:30pm

Ganga Zumba
Carlos Diegues, 1963, Brazil; 92m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
Near the end of the 16th century, slaves working in northeastern Brazilian sugar cane mills conspire to escape to Quilombo dos Palmares, a haven for fugitive black slaves. Among the group is young Ganga Zumba (Antonio Pitanga), who rises to become head of the first revolutionary republic in the Americas.
Sunday, April 14 at 12:00pm

God is Brazilian/Deus É Brasileiro
Carlos Diegues, 2002, Brazil; 110m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
God (Antônio Fagundes), who has grown fatigued with humans' perpetual mistakes and terrible choices, determines to take a vacation on a star far, far away from Earth. Before he does, however, he recruits fisherman Taoca (Wagner Moura) as his guide, leading him on a cross-country quest to find the ideal substitute to take over his enormous responsibilities.
Thursday, April 18 at 6:15pm

The Greatest Love Ever/O Maior Amor do Mundo
Carlos Diegues, 2006, Brazil; 106m. Portuguese with English subtitles.. 35mm
Antonio lives a privileged life as a highly respected astrophysicist at an American university. But his fortunes reverse when he learns that he has a fatal disease. Returning to his native Brazil to accept a prestigious prize, he discovers his blood parents' actual identity and their unexpected love story.
Thursday, April 18 at 8:30pm

The Heirs/Os Herdeiros
Carlos Diegues, 1970, Brazil; 103m. Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP
At the end of the turbulent and fecund 1960s, Diegues made this saga of a Brazilian family, tracking them from 1930 to 1964, the year of the military coup d'état. Jorge Ramos (Sérgio Cardoso) is an ambitious journalist who marries the daughter of a failed coffee grower-not out of love, but purely for money. With democracy's rise in 1946, Jorge returns to the city, betraying colleagues en route to becoming a powerful politician. His son turns the tables on his father, becoming an ally with the military.
Sunday, April 14 at 3:45pm

Joanna the Frenchwoman/Joanna Francesa
Carlos Diegues, 1975, Brazil/France; 112m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
French expatriate Joanna (Jeanne Moreau) owns a São Paolo brothel in 1930. A client who falls in love with her takes Joanna to his sugar cane mill. Once there, she makes a family and is seduced by an ethnic and cultural world that is quite unknown to her. As time passes, Jeanne becomes the matriarch of a once-proud, now-decaying family.
Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30pm

Orfeu
Carlos Diegues, 1999, Brazil; 110m. Portuguese with English subtitles. 35mm
In this adaptation of Vinicius de Moraes' play Orfeu da Conceição, Diegues frames the classic Orpheus tale in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Orfeu (Toni Garrido) is the top composer in his samba school, and while working on new arrangements for the upcoming Carnival, he meets newcomer Eurídice (Patricia Franca). Their intense love affair sets off a cycle of jealousy and violence
Sunday, April 14 at 6:15pm

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