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As Josimo approaches Augustinópolis he remembers his friends’
repeated warnings. “For God’s sake drive through that place without stopping,
it’s a hornet’s nest if ever there was one.” Augustinópolis is the
seat of the local ranchers’ association—sworn enemies to Josimo and the
CPT. Josimo and his friends are fully aware of this, and they know too
that in this town there are gunmen for hire on every street corner.

By Brazzil Magazine

Plays, 

movies & 

best-seller books

PLAYS

Rio
Alcovas de Cetim (Satin Alcove) — Rebeca Fonda, an unrecognized
great actress lives in a fantasy world. Written by Regiana Antonini, who
won the Sharp prize as Brazil’s 1996 best playwright. Ignês Vianna
does the monologue. Cândido Damm directs.

Bonifácio Bilhões (Bonifácio Billion)
— Comedy by world-renowned playwright João Bethencourt who also
directs. How winning the lottery changes a man’s life. It premiered in
1975. With Francisco Milani, Rogério Cardoso, and Elizângela.

Bravíssimo (Bravissimo) — Written by Regiana Antonini
e Marcelo Saback, who is also the director, with Edwin Luisi, Luísa
Thiré and Fábio Villa Verde. Fifteen years after leaving
the man whom he loves to pursue a successful career, a maestro, now with
AIDS, meets again his former lover. Teatro Villa-Lobos.

Cabaret Brazil – From Getúlio Vargas (1954) to
the military dictatorship’s cruellest year (1968), the history of Brazil
on a cabaret stage. Musical from Wolf Maya and Cininha de Paula directed
by Wolf Maya. With Rosa Marya, Serjão Loroza, Cláudia Lira,
Adriana Garambone, and Danielle Winits.

   São Paulo
Antônio Mora Recebe Fernando Pessoa (Antônio
Mora Receives Fernando Pessoa) Comic monologue from Marco Antônio
Braz and Maurício Marques. A medium trying in vain to chanel the
great Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa who also used the Antônio Mora
pen name. Directed by Marco Antônio Braz. With Maurício Marques.

O Cordão Umbilical (The Umbilical Cord) — Comedy
written by Mário Prata. The `70s’ youth through the eyes of a prostitute,
an actress and a student. Directed by Paolino Raffanti with Camila Raffanti.

As Sereias da Zona Sul (The South Side Mermaids) — Written
by Miguel Falabella and Vicente Pereira. This is the successful ten-year-old
besteirol (nonsense) comedy from Rio with Paulista clothes.
Two actresses, Rosi Campos and Zezeh Barbosa, play 10 characters.

Um Espírito Baixou em Mim (A Spirit Possessed Me)
— On the eve of his wedding, super macho man is possessed by a gay spirit
who starts to flirt with the bride’s brother. Comedy written by Ronaldo
Ciambroni. With Walter Carvalho and Vitor Branco, who also directed.

MOVIES
American films just released: Batman & Robin (Batman &
Robin), Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Beavis and Butt-Head Detonam a
América), Breakdown (Breakdown—Implacável Perseguição),
Fly Away Home (Voando para Casa), Hercules (Hércules), Lie Down
With Dogs (Amor Entre Iguais), Marvin’s Room (As Filhas de Marvin), Unhook
the Stars (De Bem com a Vida), Walking and Talking (Amigas Curtindo Adoidado)

Baile Perfumado (Fragrant Ball) — Brazil — 1996 — Directed
by first time directors Paulo Caldas, 33, from Paraíba state and
Lírio Ferreira, 32, from Pernambuco. The story of Lebanese Benjamin
Abrahão, the only person who in the ’30s was able to film bandit
Lampião and his band. With Cláudio Mamberti (Benjamin), Luís
Carlos Vasconcelos (Lampião), and Jofre Soares (Padre Cícero).

Ed Mort — Brazil — 1996 — Private eye Ed Mort (his name
plays with the word morte, death in Portuguese) is hired by a suspicious
wife to locate her husband — a master of disguise — when he disappears.
Based on the comical characters created by writer Luís Fernando
Veríssimo. Direct by Alain Fresnot. With Paulo Betti, Cláudia
Abreu, Irene Ravache and Otávio Augusto.

Je T’aime Moi Non Plus (Paixão Selvagem) — France
— 1976 — Directed by Serge Gainsbourg with Jane Birkin and Joe Dalessandro.
Homosexual truckdriver falls in love with a young waitress.

O Que É Isso, Companheiro? (What’s That, Pal?)
— Brazil — 1996 — The story of the young guerrillas from the ALN (Ação
Libertadora Nacional) and MR-8 (Movimento Revolucionário) who on
September 4, 1969 kidnapped Charles Elbrick, the American ambassador in
Brazil exchanging him for 15 political prisoners. Loosely based on Fernando
Gabeira’s book of same name. Directed by Bruno Barreto. With Alan Arkin,
Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Selton Mello, and Fernanda Montenegro.

O Sertão das Memórias (Backlands of Memories)
— Brazil — 1996 Antero Marques Araújo e Maria Emilce Pinto,
parents of director José Araújo, show their social conflict
in dealing with the constant drought in Brazil’s backlands.

Um Céu de Estrelas (Starry Sky) — Brazil — 1996
— Directed by Tata Amaral with Alleyona Cavalli and Paulo Garcia. In an
effort to reconcile a couple get involved in a tragic kidnapping.

O Velho: A História de Luiz Carlos Prestes (The
Old Man: The Luiz Carlos Prestes’s Story) — Brazil — 1995 — Documentary
based on a 1985 interview given by the founder of PCB (Partido Comunista
Brasileiro—Brazilian Communist Party), Luiz Carlos Prestes (1898-1990).
By Toni Venturi, narrated by actor Paulo José.
 

 BOOKS

Fiction

1. O Paciente Inglês

Michael Ondaatje

2. O Homem que Calculava

Malba Tahan

3. Legítima Defesa

Jonathan Kellerman

4. O Mundo de Sofia

Jostein Gaarder

5. O Diamante de Jerusalém

Noah Gordon

6. Hércules—Inesquecível Romance

Walt Disney

7. Cruzando o Paraíso

Sam Shepard

8. O Último Chefão

Mario Puzo

9. Não És Tu, Brasil

Marcelo Rubens Paiva

10. Novas Comédias da Vida Privada

Luís Fernando Veríssimo

Nonfiction

1. Chic — Um Guia Básico de Moda e Estilo

Glória Kalil

2. Diário de um Magro

Mário Prata

3. Che Guevara—Uma Vida em Vermelho

Jorge Castañeda

4. A Galera de Obelix

Goscinny & Uderzo

5. Viagem pela História do Brasil

Jorge Caldeira

6. Elegância—Como o Homem Deve Se Vestir

Fernando de Barros

7. O Rio do Meio

Lya Luft

8. História da Vida Privada no Brasil

Fernando Novais and Laura de Mello e Souza

9. Vinho para Leigos

E. McCarthy

10. O Princípio Dilbert

Scott Adams

Self-Help/New Age
1. A Profecia Celestina

James Redfield

2. A Inteligência Emocional

Daniel Goleman

3. A Inteligência Emocional e a Arte de Educar Nossos Filhos

John Gottman and Joan DeClaire

4. As Sete Leis Espirituais do Sucesso

Deepak Chopra

5. Violetas na Janela

Vera Lúcia Marizeck Carvalho

6. Sem Medo de Viver

Zibia Gasparetto

7. Meu Anjo

Fausto Oliveira

8. Minutos de Sabedoria

Torres Pastorino

9. Muitas Vidas, Muitos Mestres

Brian L. Weiss

10. Manual do Guerreiro da Luz

Paulo Coelho

 

According to weekly newsmagazine Veja

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