1981. Brazil. Ozualdo Candeias. 88 min.
Monday, November 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
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.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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