A collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the annual Premiere Brazil! festival introduces New York audiences to original and accomplished work by both new and established Brazilian filmmakers.
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.
Premiere Brazil! is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; and Ilda Santiago and Vilma Lustosa, Directors, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.