RIDM 2016: Cinema Novo

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for Cinetalk.net

Eryk Rocha puts a new light on a major movement in Latin American Cinema: Brazil’s Cinema Novo of the 50’s and 60’s. Cinema Novo is a formidable introduction to the work of dos Santos, Rocha (Glauber), Hirszman, de Andrade, Guerra and many others. Their brand of Cinema was influenced by Soviet Revolutionary Films, Italian Neo-Realist, French New Wave and South American revolutionary ideas of its time.

In what is more a movie essay than a traditional documentary, Rocha fully gets the feel of it rather than trying to be totally informative. There is interviews (shot at the time) gathered here and there, but mainly, the editing bears the mark of those who are paid  homage to. We are invited to a shining example  of the ways, the movements, the lights, the ideas. It brings wonderful memories of the period without being didactic.

Sharing similarities to György Pálfi’s Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012), another great homage to the movies, Cinema Novo, even if made of film bits, bears the same sense of creative liberty than its subject  making it a strong companion piece and a beautiful film on films.

RIDM Screenings:

18 nov. 8:00 PM
Cinémathèque québécoise

20 nov. 8:00 PM
Cinéma du Parc 2

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