Written by Sandra Kogut and Ana Luiza Martins Costa, from J. Guimarães Rosa’s novel Campo Geral
Cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr
Editing by Sergio Mekler
Cast: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso, Maria Juliana Souza de Oliveira
Brazil, 2007, Global Film Initiative, digital, color, 95 min.
Portuguese with English subtitles
The Minas Gerais region of Brazil depicted in Sandra Kogut’s beautifully realized film (almost documentary in its style) is a place of much labor for little in return. Thiago and his older brother Felipe share a bedroom and spend every night exploring the meaning of things they have seen and conversations (or arguments) they have overheard. Their father is constantly angry or sullen because of his large family and his difficult labors. However, Thiago’s paternal uncle is a good friend to the boy and tries to protect him against the father’s outbursts. His attempt to be a surrogate father is unfortunately suspicious and may reflect his love for his sister-in-law. The paternal grandmother fears a fraternal confrontation and makes her younger son leave the household. Other abandonments make Thiago feel very much alone, but he tries to go on confronting life with his cheerful disposition. When a stranger arrives in the area, Thiago’s life may dramatically change.
Tuesday, July 17 at 7 PM
The Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 S Lamar)
Tickets: $8 General Admission / $5 for AFS Members / FREE for Season Pass Holders & Sustainer & Higher Members
Read the Program Notes by Chale Nafus
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