This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse

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icon-brazilian-cinemaOn the Margins of Brazilian Cinema

This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse

  1. Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse

Esta Noite Encarnarei O Teu Cadaver

Just as Cinema Novo in the Sixties was beginning to find international audiences, in the depths of Sao Paulo’s infamous “Boca do Lixo” sleaze belt emerged a bizarre screen persona dedicated to the powers of darkness. “Ze do Caixão,” or Coffin Joe, strode onto the screen dressed in black and sporting 6-inch fingernails (yes, they were real), the star of a series of ultra-low budget, weirdly unsettling horror movies. This Night… was the second film in a very loosely-connected trilogy; already foiled once in his diabolical aims, Zé do Caixão continues his quest to father the perfect child, but the lengths to which he’ll go to realize his dream prove too much, even for the demons that drive him.

(35mm presentation, Portuguese language with English subtitles)

An introduction will be provided by Richard Peña, Program Director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Director of the New York Film Festival.

This screening is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the IU Cinema.


More information on Richard Peña's Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture can be found here.