Fevereiro 2020

Exhibition Features 22 Films, Including Two World Premieres, and a Retrospective of Master Documentarian Eduardo Coutinho

MoMA presents the seventh annual Premiere Brazil film exhibition, which introduces New York audiences to accomplished, original films by Brazilian filmmakers, from July 16 through August 3, 2009. This year’s edition includes 19 feature films and three shorts.

Among the highlights are striking documentary films—including a retrospective of master documentarian Eduardo Coutinho—and inspiring films about Brazilian music and musicians, as well as fictional features by established and emerging directors. There are two world premieres among this year’s selection: (2009), a film by Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff; and Moscou (Moscow) (2009), directed by Coutinho. Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music

Most of the films in Premiere Brazil will be introduced by their directors at the first screening. This year’s exhibition is accompanied by a series of live Brazilian music performances in the Museum’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights in July, beginning July 2 and continuing each Thursday through July 30.

Premiere Brazil 2009 is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; and Ilda Santiago, Director, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
The exhibition opens on July 16 with the U.S. premiere of acclaimed director Bruno Barreto’s Última Parada 174 (Last Stop 174) (2008), a tender and suspenseful story of human tragedy and loss. Other fictional features include Juventude (Youth) (2008), starring Domingos Oliveira, veteran of Brazilian cinema, theater, and TV, who is also the film’s writer, director, and composer. The promising feature debut of the young Matheus Souza, Apenas o Fim (That’s It) (2008), is set on the campus of Rio University and uses film students as most of the cast and crew. In Feliz Natal (December) (2008), directed by popular telenovela star Selton Mello, a man travels from his calm and modest life in the countryside to the city to join relatives and friends at Christmastime.
For the first time Premiere Brazil includes a retrospective of eight seminal works by one director: Brazil’s master of documentary filmmaking, Eduardo Coutinho. Coutinho is highly regarded for his formally distinguished and innovative style. His influential works highlight the storytelling abilities of ordinary people in films of rare beauty and impact. The Coutinho retrospective begins with the director’s classic first film, the politically stunning Cabra Marcado para morrer (Twenty Years Later—A Man Labeled to Die) (1964/84), which was presented with the highest award at the very first Rio de Janeiro Film Festival in 1984, and was shown in New York in the New Directors/New Films festival that same year.

Live Brazilian Music Performances in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden
Thursday Nights in July; Sets at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

MoMA Music: BRAZIL presents live Brazilian music performed by a variety of acclaimed and influential artists from Brazil’s vibrant music scene. Performances are held in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights in July, beginning July 2 and continuing each Thursday through July 30, when the Museum remains open to the public until 8:45 p.m. Performances are presented in two sets (at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.) and feature rhythms ranging from samba to bossa nova to forró and beyond. Performances are free with Museum admission.

The series is organized by Melanie Monios, Assistant Director of Visitor Services, The Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with Brazilian music producer and filmmaker Béco Dranoff, whose documentary Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music (a film by Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff) makes its world premiere at MoMA on July 17.

A cash bar and a seasonal tapas bar is open in the Sculpture Garden, weather permitting. The Garden Cart sells desserts, including gelato and sorbetto from NYC–based Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Terrace 5 is open for light refreshments inside the Museum on the fifth floor. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close and music will be presented in one set at 7:00 p.m. in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 or 2. Bar and food service is available in Cafe 2 on the second floor.

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