7th BRAZIL FILM FESTIVAL
Brazilian Music in the Movies
Free Brazilian features presented by the UP Film Institute in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil in Manila – Embaixada do Brasil em Manila
Jan 31 Wed
4:00 pm – Tim Maia
6:30 pm – Opening Ceremony + cocktail with Brazilian Music Show – Eileen Sison
7:30 pm – Samba Stories
Feb 1 Thu
5:00 pm – Cartola: Music for the Eyes
7:00 pm – Noel: The Samba Poet
Feb 2 Fri
5:00 pm – Simonal: No One Knows How Tough it Was
7:00 pm – Gonzaga: From Father to Son
TIM MAIA (2014)
Director: Mauro Lima
The movie follows the trajectory of one of the most beloved and respected artists of Brazilian music, from his humble origins to the most successful period of his career as a performer, going through transitions like the trip he took to New York City without money and without speaking a word of English.
SAMBA STORIES (2016)
Director: Pedro Serrano
Duration: 17 min
This short fiction is based on the songs of Brazilian musician Adoniran Barbosa. Famous episodes of the composer’s songs cross each other in a single script, giving life to characters that became known through the samba songs he wrote. The movie recreates the universe of this Brazilian music legend and portrays the city of São Paulo during the 50s.
CARTOLA: MUSIC FOR THE EYES (2007)
Director: Lirio Ferreira and Hilton Lacerda
The film portrays the story of Angenor de Oliveira, also known as Cartola, one of the most important composers of Brazilian music of all time. In the documentary, the directors show the importance of Cartola in Brazilian music through an exciting panorama of the authentic samba and its main songwriters.
NOEL: THE SAMBA POET (2006)
Director: Ricardo Van Steen
Duration: 100 min
Noel Rosa is a funny guy who likes samba duels and improvising sarcastic poems for his friends. A middle-class white guy that studies medicine and circulates through radios and cabarets of Rio de Janeiro. The irreverent Samba Philosopher sidesteps his professors, family and even the police to live an intense life.
SIMONAL: NO ONE KNOWS HOW TOUGH IT WAS (2009)
Director: Claudio Manoel, Micael Langer, Calvito Leal,
Duration: 98 min
A documentary about the life, the controversial career and the decline of one of the greatest Brazilian singers and showmen: Wilson Simonal. In the late 1960’s, Simonal becomes a potent singer and performer, breaking racial barriers, presenting TV shows, appearing in commercials and movies. His popularity gets bigger each year, even appearing in a duet with Sarah Vaughan and having one of his songs getting a Stevie Wonder cover. In 1971, however, his career takes an abrupt fall as he gets involved in a scandal.
GONZAGA: FROM FATHER TO SON (2012)
Director: Breno Silveria
The film follows the rise of Luiz Gonzaga, from his humble beginnings in northeastern Brazil, his determination, his unpreparedness and lack of training to deal with fame, and his emotional distance from his son, who would also become a famous singer. The movie is a remarkable portrait of two generations of talented musicians and their attempt to develop an honest father-son relationship.