Olhando Para as Estrelas Looking at the Stars
Saturday 21st July 15.00
Baltic Creative the POD 49 Jordan St Liverpool L1 0AH
What does it mean to ask someone to look at the stars? For Geyza, a blind prima ballerina, it means the journey of her life. This feature documentary invites us into her world, and of a special ballet academy in Sao Paulo Brazil.
Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos The Violin Teacher
Monday 23rd July 20.30
Bombed out Church Leece St L1 2TR
The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the OSESP Orchestra is forced to give music classes to teenagers in a public school at Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the teacher and the students open the door into a new world.
Tuesday 24th July 19.30
Fact 88 Wood St L1 4DQ
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s follow up to his audacious 2012 debut, Neighbouring Sounds, shown last year, the Brazilian film critic, turned director, examines human life in urban spaces in his home town of Recife. Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Avenida Boa Viagem, Recife. All the neighbouring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past and her future.
Era a Hotel Cambridge Cambridge Hotel
Thursday 26th July 19-30
The Old Library Lodge Lane L8 0QH
This docu-fiction hybrid charts the trials, tribulations and triumphs of homeless Brazilians and refugees that squat together an abandoned Sao Paolo hotel, The Hotel Cambridge. The daily tension caused by the threat of eviction reveals the dramas and joys. A politically charged film which tackles the issues of homelessness and elevates it into something universal and urgently contemporary.
DIVINAS DIVAS / Divine Divas
Monday 30th July 19-30
Output Gallery Seel St L1 4 BE
Divine Divas portrays eight Brazilian transvestite performers and drag artists of the 1960’s who revolutionized the sexual behaviour and challenged the conservatism of this time. One of the first stages to feature men dressed as women was the rival theatre, run by Americo Leal, grandfather of the director. They bravely challenged rigid morals at the height of a military dictatorship, and created a defining moment in the struggle for human rights and individual freedom in the Brazil of yesterday and today.