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Black Orpheus
Part of the Series: Janus Favorites Collection
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio…
That Man From Rio - L'homme de Rio
A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musee de l'Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Metro entrance and witnesses…
Waste Land - An Art Collaboration in the World’s Largest Garbage Dump
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de…
The Beginning of Life - Breakthroughs in Neo-Natal Neuroscience
One of the greatest neuroscience breakthroughs is having discovered that babies are far more than a genetic load. The development of all human beings lies on the combination of genetics, the quality of the relationships and the environment they are…
Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! - Não Devore Meu Coração
Nominated for the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival , and for a Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival , this acclaimed film is set on the dangerous border between modern-day Brazil and…
Mysteries of Lisbon
A masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members…
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The Second Mother
An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, THE SECOND MOTHER centers around Val, a hard-working live-in housekeeper in modern day Sao Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employers' needs,…
The Forgotten Boys of Brazil - A History of Nazis in Brazil
This acclaimed documentary begins with the discovery of bricks marked with Nazi swastikas on a farm in the countryside of Sao Paulo. It is revealed that during the 1930's, fifty black boys were taken from an orphanage in Rio de…
Where I Grow Old - A Cidade onde Envelheço
Francisca, a young Portuguese woman who's living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she'd lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa is discovering the place where she means to settle, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon.…
Tabu
Winner of Critic's Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2012, Tabu is the exquisitely surreal two-part tale of Aurora, who upon her death-bed will make a mysterious request to see a man no one had ever heard of, transporting us…
Hopefuls - Aspirantes
This award-winning Brazilian drama tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C., an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. He has to deal with the unexpected pregnancy…
Paulo Coelho's Best Story - Não Pare na Pista: A Melhor História de Paulo Coelho
Global phenomenon Paulo Coelho was not always the best-selling inspirational author he is today. For decades, he searched for his calling, just like the allegorical heroes in spiritual classics The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage . Growing up in Sao Paolo…
Apneia
This award-winning film follows a week in the life of Chris and her friends: beautiful, bored, wealthy and young Brazilian women: Relationships (stable or not), college classes, and hedonism. Searching for "meaning" in her life, Chris (Marisol Ribeiro) goes without…
Inside the Mind of Favela Funk - Brazilian Underground Music Culture
A documentary about love and relationships in the world of the extremely popular 'favela funk': pornographic music from Rio de Janeiro's deprived neighborhoods. The film shows the perspective of the favela youth and aims to find the relation between the…
Zus & Zo
Chekov's "Three Sisters" gets a wild retelling in this Oscar nominated comedy about three wacky sisters who try to save their inheritance from their supposedly Gay brother, who suddenly appears with fiance in tow. If he gets married, their Father's…
Denying Brazil - Race and Racism on Brazilian Television
A documentary film about the taboos, stereotypes, and struggles of Black actors in Brazilian television "soaps." Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention…
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They Killed Sister Dorothy
At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim - Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio - was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to…
Revealing Sebastião Salgado (Revelando Sebastião Salgado) - The Life and Work of Brazillian Photographer Sebastião Salgado
This is the first Brazilian documentary about one of the most important contemporary photographers, Brazilian native Sebastiao Salgado. During an in-depth 2012 interview given at his house in Paris, Salgado shares about the beginning of his career, the importance of…
The Man of the Crowd - O Homem Das Multidões
An elegant, parsimonious, and formally impeccable story of Juvenal, a lonely train driver from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Margo, a train traffic controller. Both Juvenal and Margo live in a state of deep solitude, each in their unique ways. Loosely…
Where's Astérix?
Part of the Series: Mondovino: The Series
The cast of characters in southern France: a Socialist mayor defending the American multinational company Mondavi; a Communist Mayor defending conservative French (wine) values; Aime Guibert, father of the Languedoc wine revolution; the Vaille brothers, Guibert's nouveau riche neighbors and…