Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Announcing the 2020 Virtual Edition of Music+Film: Brazil, September 29 – October 5

Announcing the 2020 Edition of Music+Film: Brazil, September 29 – October 5, 2020

The Special Online Film Series Features the North American Premiere of GILBERTO GIL ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1, the New York Premiere of WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO?,
Plus an Exclusive Tenth Anniversary Stream of BEYOND IPANEMA

Presented by Cinema Tropical, Brasil Summerfest, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University

Cinema Tropical, Brasil Summerfest, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University, are thrilled to announce a special online edition of the popular series Music+Film: Brazil, taking place September 29 through October 5, 2020 on

This year’s exciting lineup, programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano, celebrates the impact of Brazilian music on foreign audiences and features the premieres of two documentary films on music icons Jõao Gilberto, a pioneering figure of the bossa nova movement, and Gilberto Gil, a luminary acclaimed for his musical innovation as much as his social activism. The series will also feature a special tenth anniversary stream, free to the public, of the ultimate Brazilian music documentary, Beyond Ipanema by Béco Dranoff and Guto Barra.

The virtual film series, available to audiences across the U.S., will present the North American premiere of Georges Gachot’s Where Are You, João Gilberto?, a probing documentary on the enigmatic and legendary Brazilian musician through the inquiries of a mysterious German writer, and the New York Premiere of Lula Buarque de Hollanda’s Gilberto Gil Anthology Vol.1, the first of a three-part series that will lead up to the iconic musician's 80th birthday in 2022.

Since 2008, Music+Film: Brazil has showcased numerous screenings featuring the best of Brazilian music and a who’s who of performers from every corner of the South American country, and the 2020 special online edition of the series is no exception.

Additional support by Helio Campos.

Cinema Tropical's screening programs are made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. They are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowments for the Arts, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Full Program:

(Gilberto Gil Antologia Vol.1, Lula Buarque de Hollanda, Brazil, 2019, 73 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. North American premiere)
The directing-producing team of Lula Buarque de Hollanda and Leticia Monte have been behind some of the most intimate, recent Brazilian music documentaries including The Mystery of Samba, starring Marisa Monte and the Portela Samba School, and Tempo Rei on Gilberto Gil. Their newest, Gilberto Gil Anthology Vol.1, is the first of a three-part series that will lead up to the iconic musician’s 80th birthday in 2022. This installment examines Gil's body of work between 1968 and 1987 through never before seen archival footage. A hit at the 2019 Rio Film Festival, the documentary, co-produced by the musician’s wife, Flora Gil, sheds light on his songs' background through conversations with the musician himself in which he discusses his worldview and expanding creative power at the beginning of his career during this turbulent Brazilian historical moment.
Premieres, Tuesday, September 29 (available to stream for one week)
Tickets: $7

(Wo bist du, João Gilberto? Georges Gachot, Switzerland/France/Germany, 2018, 107 minutes. In German, Portuguese, English and French with English subtitles. New York premiere)
Swiss-born director Georges Gachot has made some of the most beautiful films on Brazilian music, including Rio Sonata on Nana Cayami, Music and Perfume on Maria Bethania, and O Samba on Martinho da Viola. In his latest film, Where Are You, João Gilberto?, acclaimed at over thirty international film festivals including Locarno and Vision du Reel, Gachot follows the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer's obsessive search for the founding father of bossa nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto. Fischer detailed his journey in a book, Hobalala, but committed suicide one week before its publication. Taking up the search, Gachot transcends Fisher’s obsession, managing to be delicate and respectful to both protagonists, while with access to Gilberto’s family and friends—including his second wife, singer Miúcha, and fellow bossa nova composers Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal—he offers a portrait of this enigmatic figure.
Premieres, Tuesday, September 29 (available to stream for one week)
Tickets: $7

(Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff, Brazil/USA, 2009, 89 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
A vibrant musical and graphic experience, Beyond Ipanema explores the Brazilian music experience outside of Brazil and why Brazilian music has captivated audiences worldwide for generations. Directed by Guto Barra and music producer Beco Dranoff (Red Hot + Rio), the film asks and answers the question, why does bossa nova still lure DJs and producers fifty years since its debut, and why is the alternative-rock crowd obsessed with tropicália? Beyond Ipanema, which had its world premiere at MoMA and played in over 50 international film festivals, features interviews and performances by David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A., Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Seu Jorge, Thievery Corporation, Bebel Gilberto, CSS, Creed Taylor, and many others. The film’s specially curated soundtrack features Brazilian classics reinterpreted by a new generation of artists—a Dranoff signature producing style. Streaming free for one day in celebration of its tenth anniversary, Beyond Ipanema represents a unique opportunity for U.S. audiences to be swept away by the Brazilian wave.
Streaming for free on Monday, October 5

All films will be available to stream on
Q&As with the filmmaker's on Cinema Tropical's Facebook page.

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