São Paulo – Brazilian films will be on show at Zawya Cinema in Cairo, Egypt from Monday (9) through December 16. The Brazilian Film Week is hosted by the Embassy of Brazil in Cairo and Zawya, featuring classics and recent award-winning flicks. Ticket reservations are available.
Eleven Brazilian-made or coproduced movies will be featured. The event opens Monday at 7pm with Invisible Life, from 2019 (English subtitles): 80-year-old Eurídice is surprised by old letters from her long-missing sister Guida. The siblings, who were mercilessly torn apart, try to fight society in this motion picture by Karim Aïnouz.
The film is the Brazilian nominee for Best International Film at the 2020 Academy Awards, and it also got a nomination for the Spirit Awards – known as the Oscar of independent film. Based on the book The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, by Martha Batalha, it won the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year, and features star actress Fernanda Montenegro.
The Film Week will also feature Something Like That, a 2018 Brazilian-Uruguayan production directed by Esmir Filho that tells the story of Caio and Mari, two young people who go out on the streets of São Paulo and end up learning about themselves. The movie shows on Saturday 14th at 7pm (English subtitles).
Loveling, by Gustavo Pizzi, features Irene, who has a few days to overcome anxiety from seeing her eldest son move to Germany. Another Brazilian-Uruguayan production, the film will show on Thursday 12th at 7pm (English subtitles).
Hour of the Star features Macabéa, who just moved to the big city after the death of the aunt who raised her. She finds work as a typist and a place to live in a boarding house with other women. Based on a book by Clarice Lispector, this 1985 film is slated for screening on Sunday 15th (English subtitles).
Another throwback to the 1980s, Twenty Years Later is a documentary about the making of “Cabra Marcado para Morrer,” whose production was banned by the dictatorship regime because it told the story of peasant leader João Pedro Teixeira. The session is slated for Tuesday (10) at 7pm (English subtitles).
Also featured will be Ex-Shaman, about a native tribe invaded by modernity; Gilda Brasileiro – Against Oblivion, about a professor who does research into a road used by slave runners; Sun Inside, about the coming-of-age of four young men in a run-down area; Los Silencios, about people who flee fighting; The dead and the others, about a young indigenous man; and Era o Hotel Cambridge, about a building squatted by homeless people.
Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum