Cinema Tropical's "Janeiro in New York / Music + Film”. Since 2009, this popular series produced by Mary Jane Marcasiano has built a cult following among those who love Brazilian music and culture. Whether you already are a fan of Brazil or want to be, this series is for you.
Comprised of 18 "sessions" (chosen from 42 total), this astonishingly simple, emotionally compelling documentary delves into the songs that hold meaning in people's lives. Director Coutinho reverses the traditional documentary practice of bringing the camera to the subject and instead invites the subjects to come to the camera. Sitting before a simple screen, the director engages his subjects in conversation about the song they picked, developing a rapport that allows for exceptionally involving, deeply personal stories about music and its intimate connection to memory, love, loss, self-discovery, regret, death, and life. Composer/performer Antonio Carlos 'Tom' Jobim introduced Brazil and bossa nova to the world with “The Girl from Ipanema." He went on to write literally dozens of classic songs recorded by the international royalty of pop music.
2011. Brazil. Eduardo Coutinho. 92 min. Portuguese with English subtitles.
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