The Museum of Modern Art and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival present Premiere Brazil! 2012, running July 12–24, 2012, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The annual festival introduces New York audiences to original and accomplished work by both new and established Brazilian filmmakers. Premiere Brazil! is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; and Ilda Santiago and Vilma Lustosa, Directors, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
To celebrate the 10th edition of Premiere Brazil!, MoMA presents exciting new works by filmmakers featured in previous years, including Eduardo Coutinho (the subject of a Premiere Brazil! retrospective in 2009), whose moving documentary Songs explores the most intimate meaning of the songs in our lives; Beto Brant, whose third appearance, I’d Receive the Worst News from Your Beautiful Lips (co-directed with Renato Ciasco), is a sensual melodrama set against a steamy Amazonian backdrop; Selton Mello, who premiered his first film in the 2009 edition and returns with the enchanting tragicomedy The Clown; Breno Silveira, whose Two Sons of Francisco screened in 2006 and who opens this series with Roadside; and Eryk Rocha, whose inspired narrative feature debut, Passerby, builds on the promise of his short films from previous Premiere Brazil! incarnations.
A special highlight of the 10th anniversary are two films, made by seven young directors, about life in the favelas: 5 x Favela: Now By Ourselves, a collection of five fiction shorts about various aspects of favela-dwelling; and Peace in Rio, a documentary about the controversial social policing of the favelas. In conjunction withPremiere Brazil! and co-presented with Cinema Tropical and VOCES, the Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times Company, a round table discussion, titled “Film and Social Change: The Case of Rio’s Favelas,” focusing on issues raised by these two films, takes place at The New York Times building on Monday, July 16, at 6:00 p.m. In addition to the filmmakers, the panel includes Jose Mariano Beltrame, Rio de Janeiro’s Security Secretary, and filmmaker/mentor Carlos Diegues, and will be moderated by New York Times reporter Larry Rohter. Admission is free and an RSVP email@example.com or (212) 254-5474 is required.