<i>A Opção ou As Rosas da Estrada (The Option)</i>. 1981. Brazil. Directed by Ozualdo Candeias. Images courtesy of Acervo Heco Produções and Cinemateca Brasileira.
  • The Option

    1981. Brazil. Ozualdo Candeias. 88 min.

Monday, November 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Option

    1981. Brazil. Written and directed by Ozualdo Candeias. With Carmem Angélica, Nere di Passi, Julia Veloso. Combining documentary and staged action, The Option centers on a group of rural women who cut sugar cane and live in ramshackle highway neighborhoods. For many, their only escape to a potentially better life is through prostitution. Candeias, a former truck driver, offers a deeply felt vision of these communities based on firsthand experience. Shot in stark black and white at a time when most Brazilian productions were in color, The Option powerfully unfolds in a few nearly wordless movements and poetic abstractions. A culmination of Candeias’ preoccupation with marginality and his craft as a filmmaker (in addition to directing, he also shot, edited, wrote, and acted in the film), The Option received an unexpected plaudit in the form of a Bronze Leopard from the Locarno Film Festival. Preserved by Cinemateca Brasileira, São Paulo. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 88 min.