Monday, October 31, 2005

Filtered event: Rock n roll cinema

If you like cinema and you like rock n roll, you'll find your soul mates at Rocknroll Cinema
at the 93 Feet East venue in Bricklane, east London. The next event edition takes place on Sunday (6/11).

Friday, October 28, 2005

Filtered last minute news: Jewish video art at 291 Gallery

The 291 Gallery at 291 Hackney Rd, E2 shows at 7:30 pm tonight video works by Jewish artists from Europe, America and Israel. The focus is on experimental fare, 'tackling Jewish issues in brave new ways'. Curated by Josephine Burton, Avi Pitchon and Charlie Phillips. Oy video!

Filtered icon: Johnny Knoxville


Johnny Knoxville
photographed by
Terry Richardson
for Genre Magazine

Out 28/10: Battle in Heaven


There are films that are intrinsically linked to the ethos of the city where they are made. Battle in Heaven is an example of such films. Feeding off the jittery, unstable energy of the megalopolis Mexico City, Carlos Reygadas's follow-up to his well-received debut Japon, is an ambitious project, with some daring moments of ecstatic realism and other not-so-successful ideas that are deflated by Reygadas's slips on a knee-jerk attraction to confrontation with the audience, which can be easily misinterpreted as 'shock value'.

The film revolves around Marcos (Marcos Hernandez), a chauffer who kidnaps a baby with the help of his wife, a street-vendor. Both are overweight, laconic types with an air of impenetrability about them. The baby dies under their hostage, but they decide to just carry on with their lives (we never get to see the baby or find out what they do with the body). Then the daughter of his boss enters the fray as the catalyst of the events that will ignite Marcos apotheotic and tragic end against the background of Mexican Catholicism.

Reygadas succeeds several times with some of his formal experiments (the use of a roaming camera in a post-coital sequence; the use of sound in the underground station at the beginning of the film) and he shot the film with a lens that gives the film almost a Cinemascope amplitude and the look of an aquarium. It's visually striking at points.

Conversely, the glitches of the film seem to derive from Reygadas's use of non-professional actors in a film that seems to require a certain amount of skills since it is, by and large, a very stylised and mannered piece. You get the impression Reygadas thought up some of the less inspired moments in the film as subversive gestures, but they have an opposite effect and invest the film with a ‘cinema of appeal’ varnish that undermines his intentions. It’s easy to see what he's trying to get at: challenge prejudices about beauty and class differences. The ideas are good, but the execution is, at points, misconceived.

Still, you can't be too harsh on a new director trying, and to a certain extent, succeeding, in creating a non-genre film that evades formulas and pushing the boundaries in terms of what cinema can do. Battle in Heaven is no pleasure ride, but it is stimulating fodder, despite its flaws.

Read my interview with Carlos Reygadas

And the rest of this week's releases

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Filtered news: Clockwork Shorts

Short film makers (who can also be tall, by the way): Clockwork Shorts is inviting makers to submit films for a bi-weekly event that will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays at Clockwork, close to Angel tube station in Islington. The idea is to provide an inexpensive venue to show work to invited industry professionals, crew, cast, friends, family and members of the general public in 'a cool and informal setting' with a fully licensed bar open until late. You can premiere your film or have your own special event.

Contact Julie about it

Repertory watch: Estamira

Still from Estamira

From the director of the acclaimed Brazilian documentary Bus 174, Marcus Prado, comes Estamira, which will be screened twice as part of the London Film Festival. Here Prado turns his camera onto 63-year-old Estamira, a schizophrenic mother of three whose traumatic past constructed from her anecdotes and commentaries displays a life beset by rape, infidelities and indifference. Solace now comes in the form of a living eked out on the giant Jardim Gramacho refuge heap where she salvages debris from the waste discarded by the society around her. Estamira harbours few illusions about the world but her commandments, missives, treatises, rants and raves provide a compelling commentary on her present, past and future. The film is juxtaposed with a commentary from her family that fills in some of the many gaps and questions that her story throws up.
Fri 28 Oct 18.30 Brixton Ritzy
Sat 29 Oct 13:45 NFT

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Repertory Watch: Julien Temple at the Ritzy


Calling all punks! The Ritzy cinema in Brixton will show on Monday 31/10 at 7pm a double of two seminal documentaries on punk, THE FILTH & THE FURY and THE GREAT ROCK N ROLL SWINDLE, both by Julien Temple. Mr Temple will be present for a post-screening Q&A. The event is the grand finale to the Artful festival organised by the Music Tourist Board.


DVD watch: The Hitchcock Collection

Alfred Hitchcock is back. Universal pictures is releasing on DVD 16 titles of the suspense god and arguably of the greatest film directors ever. Hitchcock was indeed a very rare animal: an auteur working within the confines of Hollywood. The jewel on the crown of this collection is the re-issue of Psycho, which comes in red board packaging with a bonus disc, The Hitchcock Legacy’. This includes a Masters of Cinema interview and the American Film Institute Salute to Alfred Hitchcock, the footage of the ceremony in which he was awarded a lifetime achievement gong. Ingrid Bergman and James Stewart are two of the old-school legends talking luvvie to Hitcock, who watches the praise-showering while sitting still as a stone, wearing his characteristic deadpan expression while Hollywood melts around him. It makes for very funny viewing, and quite moving as well. When he takes to the microphone, he entertains the audience with his dry wit. This rare footage alone makes this package worthwhile for any fan of his work.

And then there's the Psycho. It's almost impossible to write anything about this film, which arguably contains one of the most memorable scenes and score in the history of Western cinema (the shower scene in which Janet Jason Leigh gets stabbed to death), that hasn’t been said before. Among the many elements that make it great, such as the cinematography, the minimalism of the narrative and the flawless wit of the dialogues, is Hitchcock's superb direction and the psychological sphere he creates, the sense of guilt and paranoia that tap into the subconscious of the viewer from the very beginning.

Hitchcock discovered a very elusive element in the art of film-making, which is to create a profound sense of identification with the audience. With Psycho, one could argue that he hypnotises us and we gladly surrender to his directorial voice as the film progresses artfully from take to take. Janet Jason Leigh (Marion Crane) is perfect as the jittery, ‘liberated’ all-American woman on the run with US$40,000 while Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates) is wondrous as the psychotic victim of a lethal oedipal complex running a roadside motel where Crane meets her ghastly end. To put it in a nutshell, Psycho is cinema at its most seductive.

The Hitchcock collection also includes Family Plot, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Frenzy, Marnie, the Trouble With Harry, Rope, Torn Curtain, Mr and Mrs Smith, Foreign Correspondent and Topaz. A 15-disc box will be available from November.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Filtered news: John Waters in Court

So bad he's wonderful: John Waters

King of ironic trash cinema and pop culture icon, John Waters, is hosting American Court TV's first scripted series, a murder-mystery anthology titled 'Til Death Do Us Part.' According to a
Broadcasting & Cable article, Court TV has ordered 12 episodes of the show, which will dramatise real-life cases of spousal murder. TV Fodder said 'it has sort of an Alfred Hitchcock/Twilight Zone' feel to it. Sounds great.

Filtered opportunity: UK production company welcomes unsolicited scripts

Aspiring script-writers with a flair for genre: Davey Inc Production, based in Bournemouth, has posted on its website that it welcomes unsolicited manuscripts for projects with budgets between £500k to £2million.


DVD watch: Flash Gordon out on video

To mark the 25th anniversary since its release, the camp sci-fi classic Flash Gordon has been made available on DVD. You know, the one with that Queen's score.

Cool video shop in Brick Lane

As a supporter of local businesses, I loved to find out Close-Up, a video shop at 139 Brick Lane with a wide selection of arthouse titles as well as tapes and DVDs of artist's videos.
Tel 0207 739 3634.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Filtered kitsch: Disney is hip

What are you wearing Alice?: Disney classic
movie inspires high-end fashion

Blame it on Dolce Gabbana and Gwen Stefani for taking it to the mainstream, but what started as Hoxtonian irony and its equivalent in the trend-setting cities of this world, has now been caught by the business radar of the top-hats at Disney Corporation. Earlier this year the company premiered at the Fashion Week in Los Angeles its Alice in Wonderland-inspired range of clothing, household goods and accessories. The reason is simple: fashionistas have been buying vintage Disney products for a while now and the company decided to buck the trend itself. especially after seeing the money Dolce and Gabbana made with their Micket Mouse tees. According to a Reuters report, Disney is aiming at the high-end of the consumer market, with crystal-studded Mickey Mouse T-shirts priced US$1,400, Tinkerbell earrings for US$630, and a Cheshire Cat wrap with a $500 price tag. The report also said that the company has sold 'US$200 million in high-end and adult apparel featuring classic images of Mickey Mouse and his cartoon friends since 2003, and says it sees no sign that interest is flagging. '
See what
the fuss is
all about:

Filtered TV: Peasoup TV looking for submissions

Fed up with television as it is? A new web-based television channel called is inviting aspiring programme-makers to contribute to its content, which will be totally generated by its viewership. Now, this is what I'd call open-acess, reality TV, not the manipulative rubbish they show on Channel 4.

Tune in

Out 21/10

Not a vintage weekend of film releases in London. Jim Jamursch fails to save it with his Broken Flowers. Frankly, I for one am tired of Bill Murray playing the same 'oddball' characters over and over again, all based on his irritating 'shopping -mall philosophical deadpan look'.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

DVD Watch: The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nicolas Roeg's 1976 classic David Bowie-starred The Man Who Fell to Earth is now available on video. Bowie plays Thomas Newton, the assumed name of an alien who came to our planet to finds ways to save his home planet, which has become a desert wasteland. Newton achieves great sucess in business during his quest, but gets disillusioned with the world of business. The disc includes a commentary and a bonus disc with interviews.

Filtered news: Time Out readers favourite London film announced

Time Out magazine asked its readers which their London favourite movies were and, true to form, Londoners voted for a gangster flick. 'The Long Good Friday' starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren was the 'runaway winner' according to TO. Before we despair at Londoners' bad taste in film, it came as a relief to find out that Antonioni's Blow-Up trailed in the second place.

Full list:
1 'The Long Good Friday'
2 'Blowup'
3 'Wonderland'
4 'Withnail and I'
5 'Performance'/'An American Werewolf in London'
6 'Mona Lisa'
7 'The Last of England'
8 'Naked'
9 'Notting Hill'
10 'The Ladykillers'/'28 Days Later'


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Filtered news: Stephen Daldry's Stanley Kubrick masterclass

Stephen Daldry directs Nicole
Kidman in The Hours

Thespian-turned-film director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will give a masterclass 'about the tension between theatre and film, the skills needed to direct actors and about maintaining a political edge in mainstream movies.'


DVD watch: Land of the Dead

Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead), the father of the modern zombie horror franchise, is back with another 'tour de hell'. Land of the Dead comes to DVD in Unrated Director's Cut. The films bears all of Romero's trademark humour, wall-to-wall mayhem and social commentary, in other words, a treat for fans. In the new instalment of the series, zombies now dominate the world. The few remaining humans have taken refuge behind the walls of the city, a fortified compound that holds the cannibalistic cadavers at bay. When the walking corpses evolve into killing machines with human intelligence, Riley (Simon Baker), a mercenary employed by wealthy speculator Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), is ordered to combat the fearsome gang of berserk marauders. With the very survival of the city at stake, an additional threat builds within their ranks, as Cholo (John Leguizamo) attempts to spark a revolution against the wealthy while they hide in the safety of their skyscrapers. The DVD extras include a behind-the-scenes film called Undead Again: The Making of 'Land of the Dead'. Instant-classic is one of those hackneyed expressions, but it does apply to Romero's latest contribution to the genre he invented.

Filtered images: Luis Bunuel by Salvador Dali


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Filtered viewing: Predrag Padjic

London-based video artist Pedrag Padjic is showing his video Ritual on the Hurluberlu site, dedicated to showcasing short films. Click on and watch a drag queen dollying herself up.


Filtered freebie: Screen on Trafalgar Square

In a fit of marketing generosity, the LFF is showing this week in Trafalgar Square a selection of short films from UK makers as a courtesy to passing Londoners and tourists. Tonight there is a presentation of three newly restored Charlie Chaplin short films, The Keystone Silents, with live musical accompaniment by silent film composer Neil Brand.


Monday, October 17, 2005

Filtered espionage: Daniel Craig is the new Bond

Bond to be famous: Daniel Craig aims at stardom

After a good deal of procrastination and media manipulation, it was announced that Daniel Craig is the new James Bond. Bad choice.


Filtered web: Ingmar Bergman's new site

The great Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, finally got the classy web presence he deserves. The new site is in Swedish and an English version will be launched in January 2006. Well worth a look anyway.


DVD watch: The Brown Bunny

Vincent Gallo's much-maligned The Brown Bunny is finallly available on DVD. Starring Gallo himself and Chloe Sevigny, it tells the story of a biker crossing America and his empty existence.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Review: Lord of War (out 14/10)

War is stupid: Nicholas Cage (left) and
Eamonn Walker in Lord of War

Susan Sontag, when writing her famous 1964 article called Notes on Camp, coined up the phrase 'So bad it's good', which has become the post-modernist's mantra to justify guilty pleasures. But sometimes, 'so bad' really is only that, or worse: it can be horrible. Lord of War, out today (14/10), is one of those films. Directed by Andrew 'Gattaca' Niccol, it's starred by Nicholas Cage as Yuri Orlov, a Brooklyn international arms dealer of Russian ascendancy, Cage's face looking strangely embalmed, and Ethan Hawkes as the morally correct agent Jack Valentine (yes, that's right) trying to stop Orlov from facilitating carnage in impoverished and war-prone banana republics.
The film is told in flash back, with Cage's Orlov's dispensing his pearls of wisdom about international politics and the hypocrisy of the Western world on the issue of arms dealing. The intention of the film is noble, but the delivery is not. We learn that 80-90% of all illegal small arms start in the state-sanctioned trade; 16 billion of ammunition are produced each year; eight million more arms are produced every year. It's a good idea to give this information to the dead-brained crowd to whom this type of action film is aimed at.
However, it's not probable that a film full of stereotypes, stinking of mysoginy and with some of the worst dialogue exchanges an audience will ever have been subjected to will advance the humanist cause by an inch. Arthouse muso Hawkes is a fish out of water in this big-bugget production (Uma Thurman must be an expensive ex-wife) while Cage is in his territory, as the angst-ridden anti-hero. The world should declare war on films like this.

Also out this week...

Filtered chat: François Ozon in conversation

The Ozon layer: Francois Ozon

France's most feted contemporary auteur, François Ozon, will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Leslie Felperin. Ozon's most recent film Time to Leave is playing in the Festival (Thursday 20 October 21.00 Odeon West End 1) and Ozon fans will have the opportunity to hear him talk about his approach to film-making (clue: Catherine Deneuve said in her recent Guardian interview that working with Ozon in 8 Women was like working with a commander-in-chief).

A little bio info: François Ozon was born in 1967 in Paris. He studied cinema both at the Université de Paris I and at FEMIS, under the tutelage of Eric Rohmer and Les Cahiers du cinéma critic/filmmaker/actor Jean Douchet. Throughout the 90s, he made 14 shorts and a 52-minute-film (Regarde la mer/See the Sea, 1997), experimenting with super-8, video, 16mm and 35mm, until he made Sitcom, his first feature film, in 1998. He has since shot an additional two shorts and seven more feature films including Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool and last year's 5x2.

21st October 2005 - 19:00, BAFTA, David Lean Room


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Filtered ego: Internet presence grows

In order to keep a check on the development of The Filter in terms of web presence, I check Google regularly and I'm please to say that it is now at the top of the results list when I Google my own name. I had a web presence before The Filter so I've been competing against myself and the new Filter-me has finally won. I did that today and I came across a link to my review of L'Eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni in a very cute-looking site. So cute that I decided to spread the love

a bit more...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Filtered tip: Future Cinema


London Film Festival tip-off: Future Cinema is one of the promising events in an otherwise mainstream and business-like filmarama which lacks the glamour of Cannes and the artiness of Berlin and Venice. The organisers promise a 'magical evening fusing cinema, music and theatre. It will take place at the SE ONE Club underneath London Bridge. On the bill are avant garde popsters Real Tuesday Weld who will be scoring a live soundtrack to the classic surrealist 'Dreams that Money can Buy'. But what sounds even more riveting is The Light Surgeons's remix of the cult 1950's film 'The Fountain Head' with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neale, one the films in my top list. The evening also includes burlesque dancers and performers.
Tuesday 1/11 7pm-1am at SE ONE Club Weston Street, London SE1
Book online or call the NFT Box Office: 020 7928 3232.

Filtered news: blog, blog, blog

News from the blogging world: Forbes online has reported that 'some 750,000 blogs and other user-generated content will soon show up on Yahoo! News search pages, presented right alongside news from mainstream media. The company is testing a new search tool that includes results from thousands of mainstream media outlets, and a separate results column for blogs, its new My Web social search and pictures posted to the company's Flickr photo service.'

Filtered latin-ness: Discovering Latin America

I am Cuba

Another month, another Latin American film festival in London. In November the Tate Modern will host three events which are part of the the Discovering Latin America film fesatival. These include screenings of Vicente Ferraz's epic documentary on Cuban-Soviet relations, I Am Cuba, and Carlos Reygadas's controversial film Battle in Heaven (Ed: I have an interview with Reygadas, which will be published soon) and a discussion about strategies for documentary practice in Latin America. Discovering Latin America is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2002 to promote Latin American culture, to finance solidarity projects in the region and to generate new artistic arenas using the energy and power of cinema.



Repertory watch: High Tech Soul

As part of a music documentary season at the ICA called Uncontainable, there will be a screening on Friday of High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music, which features some of the main luminaries of the techno scene such as Juan Atkins, Derrik May, Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, to name but a few.
Friday 14/10 10:30pm & Wed 19/10 9pm (see ICA link on the right)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Filtered out: Keira Knightley

Here they come again, pretty startlets toughening it up in a bid to get street cred and fill the screen with 'lesbian' fantasy fodder for heterosexual men. This time round is Keira Knightley, who's pouting her way to the screens this coming Friday playing 'bounty hunter' Domino Harvey. The real one died in June of an overdose while Ms Knightley will overdose on money at her expense.

"I would kill for money!"

Trailer trash

Filtered pop: Andy Warhol's Empire


Check out if Andy Warhol's famous eight-hour movie, Empire, has stood the test of time and if you can stand the test of time as well, since Empire lasts a yawning eight hours. It's being screened every Friday from 5pm on the river front outside the National Theatre on the South Bank, courtesy of the Hayward Gallery. The film was shot in a single night between dusk and dawn in June 1964.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Filtered vintage: Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

The presentation I made at the Venezuela embassy on Friday (reminder) went really well. It was great to see once again Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) on the big screen. The film is Brazil's biggest box office hit to date (12 million) and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Film. It is funny, sexy and very Brazilian. It's an erotic comedy about a woman called Flor (the stunning Sonia Braga) who is married to a pimp-type character (Vadinho, played by Jose Wilker) in 1940's Salvador, Bahia. The sexual rapport of the couple is amazing but the man is not really husband material. To Flor's mother's delight, the bohemian king dies on the second of carnival and Flor soon enough marries the local pharmacist, a super decent man who treats her like a princess. However, Flor has been spoilt by Vadinho in the bedroom department and craves for his sexual antics. No problem: he comes back from the dead and she gets to have two husbands, one who symbolised stability and the other, naked one, who only she can see, for lust. Ideal. The films has hints of Bunuel, Italian comedy and French farce and although it is set in the 1940, the look of the film is completely 70s. A must-see for foreign film lovers.

Amazon link:

Filtered watch: New York Dolls at the LFF

Is that Sex and The City in the
70s? The NY Dolls
One of the films being screened at the London Film Festival that caught my attention is a documentary about legendary proto-punk band The New York Dolls. Entitled New York Doll, it focuses on the band's least flamboyant member, bassist Arthur 'Killer' Kane, whose very lack of stage presence made him an icon. After The Dolls' split and a few abortive attempts to resurrect his musical career, Kane all but disappeared. Cut to 2004, when Greg Whitely began filming Kane, who by then had followed the tragic road to new born Christiandom. That was also the year of the Morrissey-curated Meltdown summer event at the South Bank, who invited the band to play two historic gigs in London. And then...


Friday, October 07, 2005

Preview: Out 7/10

A very weak weekend for general releases. So, I'd recommend a visit to the Raindance Film Festival. One film that has caught The Filter's imagination is a documentary made by a bunch of Londoneses that questions the validity of the 'fair trade' label. Produced by WORLDwrite, an East London based charity, the documentary short The Bitter Aftertaste will be shown at the UDC-Cineworld on Shaftesbury Avenue in London at 12.15pm on Sunday 9 October 2005.

Directed by Philip Thompson and one of WORLDwrite’s young volunteer film crews The Bitter Aftertaste casts 'doubts on the capacity of chocoholics and shopaholics to transform the lives of farmers in the developing world through their supermarket trolleys.' The film was shot in Ghana and the UK and is aimed at those 'who espouse fair trade as a mechanism for development.'
Damn, my Saturday shopping sessions at Fresh and Wild in the organic jungle of Stoke Newington will now be plagued with question marks hovering above my head....

Thursday, October 06, 2005


I keep recommending stuff at the Curzon Soho lately, by they seem to be making an effort these days. Sunday will see a celebration of the re-release of Amos Vogel's famous book Film as Subersive Art, a seminal title launched in the 1970s on avant-garde, underground and exceptional commercial film. The celebration comprises a selection of hand-picked celluloid gems by a bevy of agent provocateurs and a documentary about the man himself.
Buy the book::::::

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

More short films

The EMERGEANDSEE organisation showcases film works by students, with yearly events in London, Berlin and Budapest. Tonight it comes to London, right in the middle of the West End, at the Curzon Soho.

Filtered news: Jockohomo

The Filter has been mentioned by James Alex, the sexy hunk and big brains behind the stylish Jockohomo weblog, a conceptualist online sketchbook, music guide, graphic wonder etc, in short, everything a weblog can be. Well worth a visit. Thanks Alex!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Repertory Watch: Tokyo Story


DON'T MISS TOMORROW::: Having recently displaced Citizen Kane as one of the best movies ever, Yasujiro Ozu’s masterpiece tells the story of an elderly couple who visit their grown up children in Tokyo. Too busy to spend time with them, the children make their parents feel they are a burden, but the parents simply pass things off and smooth them over. Shown as part of the Japanese cult photographer Nobuyoshi Araki retrospective at the Barbican Art Gallery between 6 Oct 05 and 22 Jan 06.
See links on the right for details

Filtered comment: bloggers are getting it their way

The Guardian newspaper yesterday ran article that sought to dissect the story behind the only positive quote used in the poster of Guy Ritchie's latest pseudo-turkey Revolver (it turned out to be number two at the UK box office during the opening weekend, having grossed £900,000, second only to Pride and Prejudice) supposedly gleaned from the Sun's website but had in fact been produced by a digital agency that had partnered with the red top's online site.

However, the most interesting angle in the story really was how the internet and bloggers are quickly becoming the taste-makers of film consumption. White the Guardian's intention was vested as a defence of journalistic credibility, the underlying premise was that mainstream publications are trustworthy while independent, more obscure ones are not, east prey to the bribery of media agencies in search of positive editorial. There's a whiff of double-standards in this idea since mainstream publications rely, among other sources, on the cash paid by major film companies who advertise in their culture supplements. The fact is, the internet is taking over from traditional newspapers when it comes to film reviewing and this is a trend that is only going to get stronger. Besides, when a publication has Peter Bradshaw as the main film reviewer, I'm not quite sure whether it has the right to look down on bloggers and internet webmasters.
By the way, I also think Guy Ritchie sucks and so do his films.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Filtered news: meet the editor

I just got confirmation that I'll be making a short lecture of 15 minutes on Friday, 7/10, at 7:15pm before the screening of the 1970s Brazilian classic Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, to date Brazil's biggest box office success with 12 million viewers. Come along to see me sharing my first-hand experience of Brazilian cinema.


Dona Flor (Sonia Braga)
and one of her husbands