Kleber Mendonça Filho Introduces Neighboring Sounds

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Cinema Guild

Neighboring Sounds

Introduced by Kleber Mendonça Filho on Sept 14
(Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012)

Visiting Filmmakers

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

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.

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.

Thu, Sep 13, 2012 7 PM
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 7 PM

“I’d put money on the likelihood that Brazil’s Kleber Mendonça Filho is on track to become a major filmmaker in the coming years. Neighboring Sounds is a thrilling discovery.”–Gavin Smith, Film Comment

Welcome Kleber Mendonça Filho to the Wexner Center in our inaugural Via Brasil event. This assured debut feature by the Brazilian film critic-turned-filmmaker is already being acclaimed as one of they year’s most accomplished and gripping films. Tension fills the air in the Brazilian coastal city of Recife as a history of violence and oppression threatens to engulf the residents of a single affluent city block. When a private security firm is reluctantly brought in to protect the residents from a spate of petty crime, it unleashes the fears, anxieties and resentments of a divided society still haunted by its troubled past.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring Mendonça Filho to Columbus to discuss his film with audiences. Not only because it’s a truly extraordinary film that viewers will love to watch and discuss, but also because it kicks off a larger Wexner Center project devoted to Brazilian cinema and art. Last year Wexner Center received a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation to research and present Brazilian programming in the areas of film/video and exhibitions. The initiative culminates in major exhibitions in our galleries and an extensive film series in our theater in the winter of 2014. But to lead up to that Brazilian bounty, this screening of Neighboring Sounds initiates an ongoing, monthly screening series devoted to the riches of Brazilian cinema. This monthly series will provide Columbus audiences with an uncommon opportunity to explore and discover the vibrant and vital cinematic offerings—both contemporary and historical—from this singular country.

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