(Eduardo Nunes, 2011)
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 in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The debut film by Eduardo Nunes, who spent the past decade raising the money to make the movie, Southwest is one of the most distinctive features of the past year.
The film won the Special Jury Prize, the Best Cinematography Prize, and the International Federation of Film Criticss FIPRESCI Prize at the 2011 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival. Creating a dreamlike atmosphere through rich black-and-white photography, an extremely wide aspect ratio, and entrancing long takes, Southwest tells a folktale-like story about a woman whose entire life seems to pass in one day. The title indicates the otherworldly setting of the film because the southwest of Brazil doesnt exist. The mythical realm exists in a space somewhere between the Hungarian films of Béla Tarr and the novels of the Brontë sisters. (127 mins., 35mm)
Southwest is copresented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.
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