Premiere Brazil! 2011
July 14–27, 2011
The ninth edition of the festival shines a light on the strength and vivacity of recent Brazilian film production with several promising debuts, including the opening-night feature Craft, Gustavo Pizzi’s fictive portrait of the ups and downs of a creative personality; and Toniko Melo’s VIPs, a stylish, fictionalized look at a real-life con artist. Other films mine historical subject matter to offer new perspectives on the present, including Carlos Adriano’s Santos Dumont’s Mutoscope; Silvio Tendler’s Utopia and Barbarism; and Flavia Castro’s Diary, Letters, Revolutions…. MoMA and MoMA PS1 also pay special tribute to Cao Guimarães, an artist whose work is equally at home in galleries and movie theaters. Several of the artist’s haunting, evocative documentaries and film essays will be screened at MoMA, and a selection of looped short films will be on view at MoMA PS1 on July 16 and 17.
The exhibition is generously supported by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York and by Marjorie Andrade and Richard Kandel.