Kleber Mendonça Filho Introduces Neighboring Sounds
Introduced by Kleber Mendonça Filho on Sept 14
(Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2012)
Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.
Via Brasil presentations began unfolding across all the Wex's program areas in 2012, and will culminate in through 2014 with a major exhibition and documentary film series, a translation of film criticism, and complementary performing arts events. With Via Brasil, the Wexner Center strives to introduce our community to the unique and diverse cultural landscape that contributes to the increasing prominence of Brazil on the global arts scene.
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.
“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.
$6 senior citizens
$8 general public
VIA BRASIL MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENEROUS SUPPORT FOR
VISITING FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
American Airlines/American Eagle
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR
THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council