BRAZILIAN CINEMA TODAY: Essays by Critics and Experts from Across Brazil (2015)


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A unique collection of articles by leading film critics, spanning Brazil from Rio Grande do Sul to the northern state of Pernambuco, this volume offers a panorama of current trends and the evolving Brazilian film industry. The compilation is not only a reference tool for the study and debate of Brazilian Cinema, but also serves as a sounding board for some of the country’s most representative film critics on themes of critical importance to their respective cities and regions. The work is published in an English-Portuguese bilingual format, in an effort to offer the widest possible access to readers around the world.

The Americas Film Conservancy-AFC and the Latin American Training Center-LATC have joined forces to present a diverse and refreshing view of Brazilian audiovisual vitality, and astute perspectives on the past, present and future directions of the Brazilian film industry. Beyond a vehicle to promote Brazilian cinema worldwide, this publication represents the aim of AFC and LATC to support freedom of expression in film and film criticism, and to promote public awareness that film is an important art form as well as a form of entertainment.

“The collection of essays here, edited by Susana Schild, testifies to the vitality and heterogeneity of Brazilian cinema. Those of us who’ve been following the scene for some time know that putting Brazilian film into a restrictive box is a ridiculous exercise, but reading these essays should make all of us outside the country aware of how limited our access has been to much of the country’s cinematic riches”.
Jay Weisberg, Variety Film Critic


Table of Contents

Jay Weissberg – VARIETY

Editors’ Foreword
Oliver Kwon – AFC
Steve Solot – LATC

Introduction | Brazilian Cinema Today: A Critical Overview
Susana Schild

Part I: The Beginning of Brazilian Cinema in the 21st Century

Brazilian Cinema After the Recovery
Luiz Fernando Zanin Oricchio – Critic at O Estado de São Paulo

Part II: Main Themes

What’s So Funny, Brazil?
Rubens Ewald Filho – Film critic and author from São Paulo

Springtime for the Documentary
Carlos Alberto Mattos – Film critic, researcher and author from Rio de Janeiro

Success, a Predictable Phenomenon
Daniel Schenker – Critic at O Globo and Ph.D. in Scenic Arts

Films and TV: Scenes from a Long-Term Relationship
Nelson Hoineff – Critic, documentarist and founder of Film and TV organizations in Rio de Janeiro

Children’s Films and Animation: Triumphs and Challenges
Paulo Henrique Silva – Critic of Hoje em Dia from Minas Gerais and president of ABRACCINE (Brazilian Association of Film Critics)

Part III: Cinema in Different Regions

The Northeast Is Green
Maria do Rosário Caetano – Journalist, critic and film researcher

The Vitality of Pernambuco’s Cinema
Luiz Joaquim – Critic of Folha de Pernambuco and university professor

Amazonian Cinema: A Matter of Point of View
Sávio Luis Stoco – Researcher, Núcleo de Antropologia Visual of the Amazonas University
Juliano José de Araújo – Ph.D. in Multimedia and university professor from Rondônia
Ricardo Agum Ribeiro – Ph.D. in Political Science and researcher

Films from Central Brazil
Sérgio Moriconi – Filmmaker, film critic and lecturer living in Brasília

The Cinema of Bahia: Reality, Memory and Dreams
Orlando Senna – Filmmaker, writer, journalist and one of the founders of EICTV Cuba (International Film and TV School)

Part IV: Future Prospects

A Certain Identity for Brazilian Cinema
Ivonete Pinto – Ph.D. in film living in Rio Grande do Sul


Oliver Kwon
Steve Solot

Susana Schild

Project coordinator
Fernanda Lima

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Our Partners
Brazilian Content
Cámara Nacional de la Industria Cinematográfica
FilmAndes Cluster
abc cursos de cinema
CQS/FV Advogados

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