Hour of the Star
(Suzana Amaral, 1986)
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 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.
Based on the ruthless novella by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, the wildly acclaimed Hour of the Star introduces us to Macabéa, a poor peasant girl from rural Brazil who heads to São Paulo for work after her aunt’s death. Saddled with a troubled job and even more troubled relationship, Macabéa eventually discovers that even the most outlandish dreams can come true.
This winner of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Best Actress Award (for Marcelia Cartazo’s unforgettable portrayal of Macabéa) was one of the most critically lauded Brazilian films of the 1980s, capturing rave reviews from star critics Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris. (96 mins., 35mm)
$8 general public
VIA BRASIL MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rohauer Collection Foundation
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR
THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council