Santiago, Playing

Film/Video
Santiago

Santiago

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Santiago

Santiago

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Santiago

Santiago

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Playing

Playing

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Playing

Playing

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Playing

Playing

Image courtesy of Videofilmes

Jogo de Cena - Trailer

Santiago
Playing

(João Moreira Salles, 2007)
(Jogo de cena, Eduardo Coutinho, 2007)

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

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

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.

Thu, Apr 3, 2014 7 PM

Along with Twenty Years Later, Santiago is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian documentaries. In 1992, João Moreira Salles started making a film about Santiago, the butler who had worked for his family for decades. Unable to find a shape for the footage, Salles returned to the project and completed it 15 years later, after Santiago’s death. The resulting film is a portrait of an extraordinary and complex man who, in addition to his demanding work for the family, researched and wrote countless histories of aristocratic lifestyles, including that of the house in which he served. The film’s construction and a voice-over by Salles layer this unique character study with an inquiry into the nature of memory, identity, and documentary filmmaking. (80 mins., video)

The highlight of the great Eduardo Coutinho’s recent films, Playing is an exhilarating look at performance, storytelling, the lives of women, the line between fiction and documentary, and so much more. Coutinho placed an ad in a Rio de Janeiro newspaper asking for auditions from women over the age of 18 with interesting stories to tell. A handful of these women then filmed interviews with Coutinho, recounting dramatic stories of heartbreak, loss, love, and life. Coutinho then complicates things by having some of Brazil’s finest actresses recreate the interviews, using the monologues as texts. As the film progresses, the difference between the authentic and acted becomes ever more slippery. (100 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.)