Barren Lives

Film/Video

Image courtesy of Arquivo Nacional

Barren Lives

Nelson Pereira dos Santos in conversation with Darlene J. Sadlier
(Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963)

A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

As the father of Brazil’s socially progressive and aesthetically daring Cinema Novo movement, Nelson Pereira dos Santos attempted to define a Brazilian national cinema through his politically engaged (and populist) body of work. This small retrospective welcomes the artist himself for two events and brings you five of his most important films. 

Via Brasil Film Series

Brazil’s contributions to the fields of music and dance are known throughout the world. But other than the occasional breakout hit, such as Black Orpheus, Central Station, or City of God, Brazilian cinema rarely receives the level of attention in North America that it deserves. This series offers you an extraordinary opportunity to tour the unique and diverse cinematic and cultural landscape that contributes to the increasing prominence of Brazil on the global (and local) scene.

Via Brasil

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 7 PM

After a screening of Barren Lives, one of his most acclaimed films, Dos Santos discusses the film and his career with Darlene J. Sadlier, author of Contemporary Film Directors: Nelson Pereira dos Santos.

This masterpiece of world cinema demonstrates why dos Santos is renowned for adapting literature to screen. Based on a novel by Graciliano Ramos, Barren Lives is searing vision of a family’s struggle for survival in the extreme conditions of the Brazilian desert. Notable for its shifting point of view (including, famously, that of the family’s loyal dog) and groundbreaking use of light, this film is considered to be, in many ways, the Brazilian Grapes of Wrath. (103 mins., 35mm)

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Reserve your tickets now for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, on view through Dec 31. Learn more about the exhibition.

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)