Brazilian Directors Celebrated in MoMA’s Classic Films Fest

Films by acclaimed Brazilian directors, including Glauber Rocha, will be screened in the 10th edition of “To Save and Project,” MoMA’s international film preservation festival running through Nov. 12, the Brazilian Press reported. Below, some excerpts of the article,  translated from Portuguese.

The Museum of Modern Arts presents the 10th anniversary of its international film preservation festival “To Save and Project” from Oct. 11 through Nov. 12. The festival will show preserved and restored movies from archives, studios and distributors from all over the world, showcasing 75 features and short movies produced in 15 different countries including Brazil.

Glauber Rocha, the cult Brazilian director from Bahia, will be remembered through “Der Leone Have Sept Cabecas” (“The Lion Has Seven Heads”) filmed in 1970 in Congo, France and Italy. Rocha,  celebrated for his baroque style, is one of the founders of the Movimento Cinema Novo in the early 1960s, and considered the greatest of Brazilian directors. This film will be introduced by his daughter, Paloma Rocha, on Friday, Nov. 2, and Monday, Nov. 5.

The acclaimed Brazilian director from Minas Gerais, Humberto Mauro, will be recognized with the screening of one of the greatest Brazilian movies of all times, “Ganga Bruta” (1933). The violent drama is about a man who kills his wife the night after they get married when he finds out she betrayed him. [Editor’s note: “Ganga Bruta” is not on the festival’s schedule, which might have something to do with a blog posting in Brazil’s “O Globo”quoting the president of Brazilian film studios Cinedia saying that they own the film and had not granted permission to MoMA to display it. A spokesman for MoMa said “the film has been withdrawn” without going into specifics.]

“The Option,” directed by Ozualdo Candeias in 1981, completes the list of Brazilian offerings at the festival. Filmed in stunning black and white, the feature tells the story of a truck driver and the women that worked in the sugarcane industry that would cross his way.

The festival is organized by curator Joshua Siegel and film critic J. Hoberman. Tickets are $10 and Friday screenings, from 4 to 8 p.m., are free. At MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan.

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