Thursday, July 16, 2009

Brazilian Film Festival Starts Today at MoMA

Premiere Brazil! 2009, the annual exhibition of contemporary Brazilian cinema organized by The Museum of Modern Art, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, opens tonight at MoMA with the screeing of Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174, a drama based on a real-life bus hijacking occurred in Rio in 2000.

Curated by Jytte Jensen and Ilda Santiago, the current edition of this exciting summer film series (the seventh in a row) will also include recent productions by up-and-coming Brazilian directors and a retrospective of Eduardo Coutinho, one of Brazil's major documentary filmmakers.

The exhibition will run until August 3 and will be complemented by Live Brazilian Music Performances at MoMA's Sculpture Garden. All films are in Portuguese with English subtitles; most first screenings will be introduced by the directors. To see the complete programming, click here. At MoMa, 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019, (212) 708-9400.

Also, next July 20 at 6:30 pm, filmmakers Coutinho and Barreto will participate in TropiChat, a series of public conversations co-organized by Cinema Tropical and Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue. This event is free but requires reservation.

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