2011. Brazil. Vinícius Coimbra. 106 min.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Brazil. Directed by Vinícius Coimbra. With João Miguel, Vanessa Gerbelli, José Wilker, Chico Anysio. Based on a short story by the esteemed Brazilian author Guimarães Rosa, Matraga tells an age-old story of honor and sacrifice, redemption and revenge, as illustrated by the life of Augusto Matraga. A failed farmer and a violent soul, he acts as if he were above the laws of the rural Minas Gerais region—until the day he is ambushed and left for dead. Given a second chance, Matraga seeks redemption through faith and arduous labor. Years later he meets Joãozinho Bem-Bem, a powerful landlord, and their friendship triggers events that lead to a conflict within Matraga between his saintly tendencies and his warrior instincts. Coimbra's debut feature, a stunningly original take on the Western, perfectly captures its milieu through effective use of the Brazilian landscape, crisp, elegant cinematography, and an earthy color scheme. Portuguese with English subtitles. 106 min.