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Twenty Years Later (Brazil, 1985); The Century (Brazil, 2011)

Twenty Years Later (Brazil, 1985)
July 11, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Twenty Years Later (Cabra marcado para morrer) (Brazil, 1985)

“…a provocative, one-of-a-kind document that is both an essay on the last 20 years of Brazilian politics and an essay on cinema verite.” – New York Times

Directed by Eduardo Coutinho.

In 1964, Eduardo Coutinho started work on a feature film about the assassination of a rural militant activist, employing a non-professional cast that included the activist’s widow.  Filming was stopped by Brazil’s military coup when the widow went into hiding and all but one reel of the footage was seized.  Twenty years later, Coutinho tracked down the widow and showed her the surviving images.  The result is one of the defining portraits of Brazil under the dictatorship and announced Coutinho as a major voice in Brazilian cinema.

Produçôes Cinematográficas Mapa. Producer: Eduardo Coutinho. Screenwriter: Eduardo Coutinho. Cinematographer: Edgar Moura (1981), Fernando Duarte (1963). Editor: Eduardo Escorel. Cast: Elizabeth Teixeira. Joao Virginia Silva, Eduardo Coutinho (narration).

35mm, color, in Portuguese with English subtitles, 119 min.

Preceded by:

The Century (O século) (Brazil, 2011)

Directed by Cinthia Marcelle, Tiago Mata Machado.

The Century is a documentary of a performance and a documentary of an allegory as a century of revolution and conflict is reduced to a compelling abstraction, while remaining concrete and specific.

Digital Video, color, 9 min.