1981. Brazil. Hector Babenco. 130 min.
Friday, September 25, 2009, 4:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1981. Brazil. Directed by Hector Babenco. Screenplay by Babenco, Jorge Duran. With Fernando Ramos da Silva, Jorge Julião, Gilberto Moura, Marilia Pera. “Of the great film performances by children, few can compare to Ramos da Silva’s poker-faced urchin in Pixote, Babenco’s unremittingly bleak portrait of street children in the exurban favelas of São Paulo. That Ramos died at the hands of Brazilian police six years later only adds to the film’s near-unwatchable poignancy. The penultimate scene, in which Pixote suckles at the breast of the prostitute Sueli (Pera) has the haunting starkness of a Goya painting” (Dana Stevens, Slate). NYFCC Best Foreign Film, 1981. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 130 min.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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