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Brazzil - Culture - August 2003
 

Plays, movies &
best-seller books

PLAYS

RIO

Batalha de Arroz num Ringue para Dois (Rice Battle in a Rink for Two) Written by Mauro Rasi Directed by Miguel Falabella, with Miguel Falabella and Cláudia Jimenez. Playwright Rasi, who died in April, wrote the play for Falabella and Jimenez in 1985, but this was the first time they staged it. The story of marriage of Nélio and Angela, which brings lots of laughs to the public.

Capitanias Hereditárias (Hereditary Captaincies)—After embezzling a huge amount of money, a trio composed by an unscrupulous banker, his partner, plus the sister-in-law try to leave the country. Written and directed by Miguel Falabella, co-written by Maria Carmem Barbosa, with José Wilker, Ney Latorraca and Natália do Valle.

Sem Vergonhas (No Shames)—Based on Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair's play Ladies' Night. The New Zealand story about down on their luck men who decide to put a strip-tease show was moved with success to the Lapa neighborhood. Written by Daniel Botti, translated by Liane Lazoski and Gabriela Morales, with Jandir Ferrari, Leandro Hassum, Jayme Del Cueto, Marcelo Mello, Pedro Neschling, and Marcelo Escorel.

SÃO PAULO

Quarta-Feira, Sem Falta, Lá Em Casa (Don't Miss It This Wednesday at My House)—Comedy. Two friends, both widows—one a hypocrite, the other foul mouthed—meet every Wednesday to exchange gossips and their own past extra-conjugal sexual adventures. Written by Mauro Brasini, directed by Alexandre Reinecke, with Beatriz Segall and Myrian Pires.

Novas Diretrizes em Tempos de Paz (Peace Time New Guidelines)—The 1945 drama-charged real story about Polish Clausewitz, who needs a permit to stay in Brazil and the man who can give him this document. Written by Bôsco Brasil, directed by Ariela Goldmann, with Tony Ramos e Dan Stulbach.

Bispo (Bishop)—The tortured life of schizo-paranoid popular artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário (1911-1989) who created most of his art using trash and old material from the Rio psychiatric hospital where he lived. Written by João Miguel and Edgard Navarro, directed by Edgard Navarro, with João Miguel.

MOVIES

Just-released or re-released foreign-language movies:

+ Velozes + Furiosos (2 Fast 2 Furious), A Creche do Papai (Daddy Day Care), A Festa Nunca Termina (24 Hour Party People), A Última Noite (The 25th Hour), A Viagem de Chihiro (Spirited Away), As Horas (The Hours), Blush (Hongfen), Canguru Jack (Kangaroo Jack), Carmen de Godard (Prémon Carmen), Como Perder um Homem em 10 Dias (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days), Embriagado de Amor (Punch-Drunk Love), Foi Só um Beijo (Just a Kiss), Frida (Frida), Kamchatka (Kamchatka), Leitão - O Filme (Piglet's Big Movie), Matrix Reloaded (The Matrix Reloaded), O Bastardo (Jan Dara), O Filho (Le Fils), O Filho da Noiva (El Hijo de la Novia), O Homem Sem Passado (The Man Without a Past), O Pianista (Le Pianiste), O Que Fazer em Caso de Incêndio? (What to Do in Case of Fire?), Por um Fio (Phone Booth), Premonição 2 (Final Destination 2), Roma (Roma), Taurus (Telets), Tiros em Columbine (Bowling For Columbine), Todo Poderoso (Bruce Almighty), Uma Mulher É uma Mulher (Une Femme Est une Femme), Uma Receita para a Máfia (Dinner Rush), Voltando a Viver - Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher), X-Men 2 (X-Men 2)

Desmundo—Brazil/2001—We are in 1570 Brazil. The queen of Portugal sends to Brazil colony a group of orphans, who will be the wives of Portuguese colonizers. Much of the story is about Oribela, one of the orphans who ends up with a sugar cane baron. Directed by Alain Fresnot, with Simone Spoladore, Osmar Prado, Caco Ciocler, and Beatriz Segall.

O Homem Que Copiava (The Man Who Used to Copy)—Brazil/2003—While working at a Porto Alegre (state of Rio Grande do Sul) stationery store and reading the material he copies, a young man dreams of a new and rich life. Directed by Jorge Furtado, with Lázaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Pedro Cardoso and Luana Piovanni.

Carandiru (Carandiru Penitentiary)—Brazil/2003—Based on Estação Carandiru (Carandiru Station) written by Dráuzio Varella. A doctor trying to prevent AIDS in Brazil's largest prison becomes confidant to several inmates. Directed by Hector Babenco, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, Milton Gonçalves, Ivan de Almeida, Ailton Graça, Maria Luísa Mendonça, and Rodrigo Santoro.

Cidade de Deus (City of God)—Brazil/2002—Based on Paulo Lins's novel of same name. An inside picture of Rio's favela Cidade de Deus. How Dadinho e Buscapé grow up in world of drugs and crime. Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund, with unknown actors, including Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Seu Jorge, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Phellipe Haagensen.

Deus É Brasileiro (God Is Brazilian)—Brazil/2002—God decides to take a vacation, but before leaving his post, He has to find someone to take over during the break. Comedy directed by Cacá Diegues, with Antonio Fagundes, Paloma Duarte, Wagner Moura, Bruce Gomlevsky, Stepan Nercessian, Castrinho, Hugo Carvana.

Dois Perdidos Numa Noite Suja (Two Lost Souls in a Dirty Night)—Brazil/2002—Two undocumented Brazucas, a shy man and a promising singer, are roommates in New York. Directed by José Joffily, with Débora Falabella and Roberto Bomtempo.

BEST-SELLER BOOKS

FICTION

1. Onze Minutos, Paulo Coelho

2. O Diário de Tati, Heloisa Perisse

3. Banquete com os Deuses, Luis Fernando Verissimo

4. Uma Vida Interrompida: Memórias de um Anjo Assassinado, Alice Sebold

5. Erros Irreversíveis, Scott Turow

6. Angus: O Primeiro Guerreiro + CD Angus: Trilha Sonora, Orlando Paes Filho

7. Sobre Meninos e Lobos, Dennis Lehane

8. As Mentiras que os Homens Contam, Luis Fernando Verissimo

9. Perdas e Ganhos, Lya Luft

10. Um Encontro Inesperado, Rosamunde Pilcher

NONFICTION

1. Estação Carandiru, Drauzio Varella

2. As Vidas de Chico Xavier, Marcel Souto Maior

3. Stupid White Men: uma Nação de Idiotas, Michael Moore

4. Abusado, Caco Barcellos

5. Mulheres Alteradas - 1, Maitena

6. Mulheres Alteradas - 2, Maitena

7. As Boas Mulheres da China, Xinran

8. O Pianista, Wladyslaw Szpilman

9. Fora de Controle: Como o Acaso e a Estupidez Mudaram a História do Mundo, Eric Durschmied

10. A Ditadura Envergonhada - Vol. 1, Elio Gaspari

SELF HELP & ESOTERICISM

1. Criando Meninas, Gisela Preuschoff

2. Quem Ama, Educa!, Içami Tiba

3. Quem Mexeu no Meu Queijo?, Spencer N. Johnson

4. Tudo Tem Seu Preço, Zibia M. Gasparetto

5. Mentes Inquietas, Ana Beatriz B. Silva

6. Criando Meninos, Steve Biddulph

7. Ninguém É de Ninguém, Lucius (Espirito) & Zibia M. Gasparetto

8. Não Leve a Vida Tão a Sério, Hugh Prather

9.A Arte da Felicidade: um Manual para a Vida, Howard C. Cutler & Dalai Lama

10. O Segredo das Crianças Felizes, Steve Biddulph

 

According to Veja magazine - www.veja.com.br

 









 
 
 







 



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