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Feb 8–Apr 19
Touring Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Exhibition-Related Events

Walk-in Tours

No reservations are necessary for these enlightening and informative tours of our exhibition. Just meet your docent (tour guide) at the gallery entrance at the time listed.

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Apr 1–Apr 30
Rodrigo Braga, Mentira Repetida (Repeated Lie), 2011
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Rodrigo Braga
Mentira repetida (Repeated Lie)

As in his striking three-channel video installation Tônus (2012) in the Cruzamentos exhibition, Mentira repetida (Repeated Lie) documents a physical encounter between artist Rodrigo Braga and the natural environments of the Amazon.

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Feb 1
Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado [Official Trailer]
Via Brasil

Tropicália

“Tropicalia…wasn’t a style or movement as much as an atmosphere, a rush of youthful, cosmopolitan, liberationist optimism that broke over Brazil like a sun shower and soaked into everything: art, music, fashion, film, theater, literature.”—New York Times

Sep 16
Tropicalia

Film Series | Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

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The film series Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary seeks to explore just what is so extraordinary about the recent wave of significant documentaries...

Sep 16
Jonathas de Andrade, O Levante (The Uprising), 2012

Exhibition | Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil

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On view February 1–April 20, 2014

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossings” or “intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor...

Artist

Lucia Koch

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Curator

Paulo Venancio Filho

Co-curator, Cruzamentos exhibition
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Apr 6
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Super Sunday

Super Sunday: Olá Brasil!

Celebrate and explore the groundbreaking exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil through a variety of interactive experiences for all ages, and all for free!

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Apr 9
Madame Satã Trailer
Retrospective: Karim Aïnouz

Madame Satã

Aïnouz’s debut feature, Madame Satã, remains his best-known work in the states.

Feb 3

Eduardo Coutinho (1933–2014)

Chris Stults, associate curator of film/video and organizer of Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, offers his thoughts on filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho.

Exactly three minutes before...

Filmmaker

Gabriel Mascaro

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
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Mar 26
Dias & Riedweg, O Espelho e a Tarde, 2011
Gallery Talks

Landscaping the Visible

Dr. Denise Carvalho (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Via Brasil) will present a public conversation with graduate students who have participated in her seminar on 21st Century Brazilian Art and Film.

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Mar 29
Touring Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
GenWex Presents

Drink It In: Brazilian Brews

Coffee aficionados won’t want to miss this installment of our Drink It In series.

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Mar 31
Diário de Uma Busca (trailer)
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Diary, Letters, Revolutions

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March 31, 1964, military coup that initiated 20 years of dictatorship in Brazil, we’re presenting a program that deals with that legacy both directly and indirectly.

Jonathas de Andrade, O Levante (The Uprising), 2012

Press Release

Jan 3, 2014

North America’s Largest Survey Of Brazilian Documentaries Begins at the Wex Next Month

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Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, a presentation of more than 30 contemporary documentaries rarely screened outside of Brazil, will screen January through April, 2014 at the Wexner Center. Organized by Chris Stults, associate curator for film/video...

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Jan 3, 2014

Via Brasil Brings Focus On Brazilian Art & Culture Multidisciplinary, Multiyear Initiative Features Major Exhibition & Film Series

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Via Brasil is the Wexner Center's interdisciplinary, multiyear initiative focusing on the vibrant culture of Brazil, made possible by a $782,000 grant awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Wexner Center has developed an integrated array of...

Artist

Rosângela Rennó

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Dias & Riedweg, O Espelho e a Tarde, 2011

Press Release

Jan 3, 2014

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil Opens February 1

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February 1–April 20, 2014, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present the major exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, among the most ambitious exhibitions in the center’s 25-year history. Cruzamentos is the result of more...

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Mar 21
O fim e o princípio Leocádio.mp4
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

The End and the Beginning
Look at Me Again

The cliché of the hardened, oppressed, impoverished people of the northeast of Brazil, or sertaõ, plagued by local barons, false prophets, and a perpetual drought, dominated many of the most powerful films of the Cinema Novo movement.

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Mar 27
Cabra Marcado para Morrer - Eduardo Coutinho
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Twenty Years Later

“One of the ten greatest films of all time.”—Kleber Mendonça Filho, director of Neighboring Sounds

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Mar 7
Iracema
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Iracema
All Is Brazil

One of the landmarks of Brazilian cinema and a major influence on generations of filmmakers, Iracema’s fusion of fiction and documentary is still exhilarating for contemporary audiences.

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Mar 28
From the Window of My Room
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Limbo, Brasília, and other short films
Two-Way Street

Cao Guimarães has one of the most distinctive and admired bodies of work in contemporary Brazilian filmmaking.

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Feb 7
Luiza Baldan, Untitled (from the Pinturinhas series), 2009
Via Brasil

Fidelity’s OSU Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

Faculty and staff, come to the Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, February 7, for free gallery admission to the Cruzamentos exhibition for you and your family.

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Apr 10
Trailer  Rendez-vous Pictures "The Silver Cliff" by Karim Aïnouz
Retrospective: Karim Aïnouz

The Silver Cliff

With a richly textured layering of subtle emotions and beautiful visuals, The Silver Cliff follows 24 hours in the life of a woman whose husband has just left her.

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Apr 3
Santiago
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Santiago
Playing

Along with Twenty Years Later, Santiago is one of the most acclaimed Brazilian documentaries.

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Jan 31
Laura Belém, Venice of Brazil, 2007
Via Brasil

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Exhibition Preview and Celebration

Celebrate Cruzamentos at this free public reception with several of the artists in the exhibition and dance the night away to Brazilian beats.

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Mar 5
Justice
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

Justice
Like Water through Stone

Justice combines Frederick Wiseman’s portrayals of large institutions or societal systems with the power of a courtroom drama; Like Water through Stone tracks the coming-of-age of a group of girls in the remote, rural mountains of Minas Gerais.

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Apr 16
Love For Sale - Trailer
Retrospective: Karim Aïnouz

Love for Sale
I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You

After living in São Paulo for several years, a woman returns to her rural hometown for a happy-ever-after life with her boyfriend and their young child. When he fails to join her, she is left to survive on her own wits.

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Mar 1–Mar 31
Vera Cruz [english version]
The Box

Rosângela Rennó
Vera Cruz

An imaginary documentary that focuses on what is unknown and unseen, Vera Cruz is based on a letter from one of Brazil’s first colonists to the Portuguese king, offering one of the earliest written descriptions of this new “eden.”

Artist

Claudia Andujar

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil

Press Release

Jan 3, 2014

Via Brasil Goes Online with New Website

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As it readies for the culmination of Via Brasil, a multiyear initiative exploring the art and culture of Brazil, the Wexner Center has launched a new companion website, wexarts.org/viabrasil. This dynamic and complex site...

Filmmaker

Paulo Sacramento

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Tatiana Blass

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Filmmaker

Rodrigo Siqueira

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
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Apr 3
Christopher Gaffney
Cosponsored Lectures, Readings, and Symposia

Christopher Gaffney
Contesting the Games: The Urban and Social Impacts of Mega-events in Brazil

This talk will focus on the shifting processes of urban governance through which Brazil has come to host this cycle of major events as World Cup preparations accelerate.

Artist

Brígida Baltar

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Filmmaker

Marcelo Machado

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
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Mar 14
The Hills of Disorder
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

The Hills of Disorder

Ranked by São Paulo’s O Globo newspaper as one of the 10 best Brazilian films of the decade, The Hills of Disorder is an adventurous, ambitious dream of a film by Andrea Tonacci.

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Feb 26
Faith
Via Brasil

Faith
The Earth Giveth, The Earth Taketh Away

In Faith, director Ricardo Dias lets believers—from Catholics and practitioners of the African-derived Candomblé to UFO watchers—share their ideas about faith without judgment....

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Feb 7
News from a Personal War
Via Brasil

News from a Personal War
Bus 174

From the codirectors of international phenomenon City of GodNews from a Personal War lays out the battle between Rio’s police forces and the drug dealers who dominate the slums (favelas) dramatically perched on the hillsides overlooking the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods....

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Feb 18
Dias & Riedweg, O Espelho e a Tarde, 2011
Via Brasil

Teacher Tour Night

All teachers and administrators are warmly invited to join us, explore our galleries, and discover ways of connecting the works of Cruzamentos to their students and curriculum. ...

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Mar 4
Rodrigo Braga, Tônus 1, 2012
Double Take

Double Take: Lúcia Costigan and Jesus Lara

Join us as Lúcia Costigan (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) and Jesus Lara (Knowlton School of Architecture) delve into the rich array of influences present in Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil.

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Jan 22
ABC of a Strike
Via Brasil

ABC of a Strike
Intermissions

This extraordinary evening of films sets the stage for a winter of Brazilian culture and art at the Wexner Center.

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Mar 26–Mar 27
Rodrigo Braga, Tônus 1, 2012
Cosponsored Lectures, Readings, and Symposia

Cruzamentos: A Symposium on Contemporary Art and Film in Brazil

Art lovers and Brazilophiles won’t want to miss this major symposium featuring artists from the Cruzamentos exhibition and documentary film series, Brazilian and Wexner Center curators, and expert voices from Ohio State.

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Apr 5
Criolo
Via Brasil

Criolo—CANCELED

Criolo has cancelled his upcoming US tour due to an unforeseen delay with the release of his new album.

Press Release

Feb 7, 2011

Mellon Foundation Grant awarded to Wexner Center to support art and artists of Brazil

Columbus, OH— February 7, 2011—The Wexner Center for the Arts and The Ohio State University have been awarded a $782,300 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a multidisciplinary, four-year initiative focusing on the vibrant visual and media arts culture in Brazil....

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Jan 1–Jan 31
Night Fever
The Box

Lucia Koch
Night Fever

Brazilian artist Lucia Koch offers a taste of what to expect in Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil with Night Fever, a video that evolved from a series of photographs that transform the insides of ordinary boxes into larger-than-life-sized architectural landscapes....

Artist

Marcia Xavier

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
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Feb 4
Luiza BaldanUntitled (from the Pinturinhas series), 2009Inkjet on cotton print33.5 x 43”Courtesy of the artist
Exhibition-Related Events

Luiza Baldan and Gisele Camargo

Join us for a conversation between these two exciting young artists featured in Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, their first major exhibition in the US.

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Mar 6
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits
Via Brasil

Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits

“A joyous, carnival-like treat.”—All About Jazz

Artist

Gisele Camargo

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Curator

Bill Horrigan

Co-curator, Cruzamentos exhibition
Curator

Jennifer Lange

Co-curator, Cruzamentos exhibition
Filmmaker

Leon Hirszman

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Cia de Foto

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Beatriz Milhazes

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
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Feb 1–Feb 28
Cao Guimarães, Quarta-feira de cinzas, 2006, HDV / DV,  6’00”
The Box

Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander
Quarta-feira de cinzas/Epilogue

This captivating collaboration by two of Brazil’s leading contemporary artists looks at Carnival’s aftermath (the video’s title, in Portuguese, translates as “Ash Wednesday”) from an insect’s point of view.

Press Release

Dec 2, 2013

Winter/Spring 2014 Season Announced

The upcoming season at the Wex will see the culmination of Via Brasil—the four-year initiative focusing on the vibrant culture of Brazil—in a major exhibition, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil; an expansive film series, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary; education programs; and performing arts programming....

Filmmaker

Sergio Bianchi

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Detanico Lain

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Alair Gomes

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Dias and Riedweg

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Alexandre da Cunha

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Filmmaker

Jorge Bodansky

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Cristiano Lenhardt

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Rodrigo Braga

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Filmmaker

Ricardo Dias

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Filmmaker

Eduardo Coutinho

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Marcius Galan

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Filmmaker

Jorge Furtado

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary
Artist

Odires Mlászho

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Cinthia Marcelle

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Vânia Mignone

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Fernanda Gomes

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Marcelo Cidade

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Cao Guimarães

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Caio Reisewitz

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
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Jan 29
Prisoner of the Iron Bars
Via Brasil

Prisoner of the Iron Bars
High-Rise

“It’s hard to express in words what our life is like in here, perhaps images work better.”—O prisioneiro da grade de ferro—Retratos

Artist

Márcio Almeida

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
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Feb 14
A NIGHT IN 67 - www.reelbrazil.co.nz
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary

A Night in 67

Forget that it’s winter outside and heat up your Valentine’s Day with music and passion from one of the most exciting moments in Brazil’s musical history.

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Feb 21
DOMÉSTICA - Trailer  Oficial
Via Brasil

Housemaids

“No other film has ever managed to portray as deeply what is ingrained in the Brazilian unconscious.”—Luiz Carlos Merten, Estadão...

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Feb 27
Hélio Oiticica Trailer (English)
Via Brasil

Hélio Oiticica

Made by the artist’s nephew, this bold, complex documentary provides a kaleidoscopic filmic exaltation that allows us to enter into the artist’s dizzying, roiling life, art, and imagination.

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Feb 1–Apr 20
Jonathas de Andrade, O Levante (The Uprising), 2012
Via Brasil

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil

This exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself.

Artist

Leda Catunda

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Laura Belém

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

José Damasceno

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
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Feb 28
Eu danço—8 solos no geral
Via Brasil

Companhia Urbana de Dança
Eu danço—8 solos no geral
(I Dance, 8 Solos Overall)

“A blend of hip-hop, urban, and contemporary dance [that] knocked the ball out of the park.”—New York Times

Artist

Luiza Baldan

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Regina Silveira

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Erika Verzutti

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Jac Leirner

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Adriana Varejão

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Jonathas de Andrade

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Artist

Theo Craveiro

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Oct 31
Rodrigo Braga, Tônus 1, 2012

Educational and Public Programs

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Brazil will permeate all areas of the Wexner Center’s educational programming this winter and spring, as well as its galleries and theaters. The centerpiece of the center's...

Artist

Maria Nepomuceno

Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil
Contributor

Stephanie Dennison

Editor, Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes translation
Contributor

Amber Rose McCartney

Translator, Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes translation
Director

Sherri Geldin

Director, Wexner Center for the Arts
Contributor

Maite Conde

Editor, Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes translation
Curator

David Filipi

Facilitator, Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes translation
Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes

Translation | Film Criticism of Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes

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A Trajectory in Underdevelopment: Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes, Cinema and Cinephilia in Brazil, an anthology edited by Maite Conde and Stephanie Dennison, brings...

Sep 16
Dias & Riedweg, O Espelho e a Tarde, 2011

History of Art Graduate Seminar

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21st-Century Brazilian Art and Film, led by postdoctoral fellow Denise Carvalho, will explore Brazilian contemporary art and film, especially from the artists featured in the...

Curator

Charles Helm

Director, Performing Arts
Curator

Chris Stults

Curator, Cruzamentos Film Series
Contributor

Denise Carvalho

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Via Brasil
Sep 16
Companhia Urbana de Dança

Contemporary Performing Arts in Brazil

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In order to advance the understanding and appreciation of contemporary performing arts in Brazil, and in light of the project’s innate multidisciplinary nature, the Wexner Center...

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Feb 20
DOMÉSTICA - Trailer Oficial
WorldView: Brazil

Doméstica WorldView Screening

“No other film has ever managed to portray as deeply what is ingrained in the Brazilian unconscious.”—Luiz Carlos Merten, Estadão

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Feb 13
WASTE LAND Official Trailer
WorldView: Brazil

Waste Land WorldView Screening

Waste Land follows artist Vik Muniz as he travels back to his native Brazil to capture the lives of people who live and work in and around Jardim Gramacho, the largest landfill in the world....

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Feb 13–Feb 20
Wasteland
Via Brasil

WorldView: Brazil

Every thinking mind needs a world view. This half-day seminar for students grades 9–12 builds on the cross-cultural understandings and perspectives that engage and influence many contemporary artists. ...

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Nov 13
Member-Only Screenings

On the Road

In advance of Walter Salles'’s visit, we'’re thrilled to be able to present a special advance screening of his highly anticipated new film, On the Road....

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Nov 16
Visiting Filmmakers

Walter Salles Introduces
Central Station

It'’s a tremendous honor to be able to welcome Academy Award-nominated Walter Salles to the Wexner Center to introduce Central Station, one of Empire magazine's 100 Best Films of World Cinema.

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Dec 7
Via Brasil Film Series

Southwest

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.

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Apr 6
A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman

How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman was dos Santos’s biggest international hit and a defining work of Cinema Novo’s tropicália phase.

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Apr 11
A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Memories of Prison

In this universally acclaimed film, dos Santos recreates the memoirs of Graciliano Ramos, a celebrated Brazilian author (of Barren Lives, among other works).

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Mar 14
Swirl
Via Brasil Film Series

Swirl

This beautiful portrait of rural life in Brazil fuses fiction and documentary as it centers on Batsu, an 81-year-old woman trying to start over after her husband’s death.

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Apr 6
A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Rio, 100 Degrees F.

“As important to Latin American cinema as [Jean-Luc Godard´s] Breathless is to European film.”—Toronto International Film Festival

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Apr 18
A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Barren Lives

After a screening of Barren Lives, one of his most acclaimed films, Dos Santos discusses the film and his career with Darlene J. Sadlier, author of Contemporary Film Directors: Nelson Pereira dos Santos....

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Apr 17
A Tribute to Nelson Pereira dos Santos

Music According to Tom Jobim

Dos Santos is on hand to take your questions about this loving, tuneful film, a tribute to composer/musician Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim, who introduced Brazil and bossa nova to the world with “The Girl from Ipanema.”

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Jan 23
Via Brasil Film Series

Hour of the Star

Based on the ruthless novella by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, the wildly acclaimed Hour of the Star introduces us to Macabéa, a poor peasant girl from rural Brazil who heads to São Paulo for work after her aunt’s death....

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Sep 1–Sep 30
The Box

Pablo Lobato
Bronze revirado

This festive video rings in our ongoing Via Brasil project with an impressive display of choreographed physicality.

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Oct 4
Via Brasil Film Series

Found Memories

“A confident and impressive first feature! Offers a sweetly seductive form of intoxication.”—Hollywood Reporter

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Sep 18
Via Brasil

Limite

Voted the greatest Brazilian film ever made by the Cinemateca Brasileira in 1988 and championed by Orson Welles, Sergei Eisenstein, David Bowie, and Caetano Veloso, the now-restored Limite had been lost for decades.

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Sep 23
Via Brasil

São Paulo Underground

"Rob Mazurek returns to Brazil and floats his cool blue cornet over a spellbinding collage of saturated textures, syncopated rhythms and electronics."—Time Out Chicago

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Sep 13–Sep 14
Visiting Filmmakers

Neighboring Sounds

“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