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icon-brazilian-cinemaOn the Margins of Brazilian Cinema


  1. Friday, February 24, 2012 9:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Romance

Three people are looking for clues following the death of Antonio César, a left-wing intellectual and journalist; Fernanda, Antonio's long time girlfriend; André, his roommate, who fears that rumors that Antonio died of AIDS means that he too will contract the disease; and Regina, a journalist whose investigation of Antonio work brings up more questions than answers. Director Bianchi clearly threw down a political and aesthetic gauntlet with this provocative, kaleidoscopic journey through contemporary Brazil that measures the distance between the radical slogans of the Sixties and the grim realities of the Eighties. In the film, Antonio César exists mainly as a televisual image, a ghostly presence that continues to haunt these characters - an apt metaphor for the legacy of the Sixties in politics, art and cinema for a generation of Brazilians just then awakening to a new democracy.

(HD Cam 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.