2010. Brazil. Daniel Filho. 125 min.
U.S. premiere. Introduction and Q&A with Producer Giselia Martins, and musician Olivia Byington.
Friday, July 15, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Brazil. Directed by Daniel Filho. Based on the novel The Lives of Chico Xavier by Marcel Souto Maior. With Ângelo Antônio, Matheus Costa, Tony Ramos. “No one can go back and create a new beginning; but anyone can start again and create a new ending.” This was one of the many messages that Spiritist medium Chico Xavier (1910–2002) received from his spiritual guide, Emmanuel, and shared with those around him. In his 92 years, Xavier worked incessantly, producing over 400 books through the use of “psychography,” or spirit writing, and dedicating his life to philanthropy. He garnered a devoted following as well as national controversy. To his admirers, he was a saint. To nonbelievers, he was an intriguing character at least—as the film so richly illustrates. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 125 min.