Limbo, Brasília, and other short films; Two-Way Street
(Cao Guimarães, 2002–11)
(Rua de mão dupla, Cao Guimarães, 2002)
Introduced by Cao Guimarães
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary continues with visits from some of the most prominent filmmakers working in Brazil today. Developed in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view in our galleries, this series offers an unprecedented opportunity to discover one of the most vital—and seldom seen—documentary traditions happening anywhere in the world.
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.
Today’s most engaging and inventive directors, producers, and film professionals join us to introduce their work and answer questions after most screenings.
Cao Guimarães has one of the most distinctive and admired bodies of work in contemporary Brazilian filmmaking. Recording an inventory of distinctive and visually striking moments in daily life, Guimarães creates a poetic vision of the world—whether he’s filming the inhospitable utopia of Brasília, ants carrying away confetti in the wake of Carnival, or soap bubbles navigating the corridors of an empty house. Through his close observations and improvisational spirit, Guimarães and his films expand the ideas and vocabulary of documentary and personal filmmaking. A visual artist as well, his photography and two of his video works are currently on view in the Cruzamentos exhibition. (approx. 70 mins., video)
Cao Guimarães came up with a captivating conceit for Two-Way Street. For the film, which was originally created for the 25th São Paulo Biennial, he had two people who didn’t know each other swap houses for 24 hours. They each recorded their stay with a video camera and were instructed to imagine the home’s owner based on their belongings and environment. The resulting footage is presented in split-screen, creating a dialogue between the two participants and the objects that they surround themselves with. But through the various filming styles that each person employs, the films become as much of a self-portrait as they are a portrait of the “other.” (72 mins., video)
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
VIA BRASIL MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
LEAD SUPPORT FOR VIA BRASIL
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
SUPPORT FOR VISITING FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
VIA BRASIL SPECIAL THANKS
Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council