Kino Brasil running at Bio Oko

An overview of recent Brazilian films also has a concert and puppet show

The fourth edition of Kino Brasil, a festival of Brazilian film, is under way at Bio Oko and runs until Nov. 5. All of the films have English and Czech subtitles. “We would like to bring a bit of Brazilian sunshine into the generally dark and drizzly November days in the Czech Republic and offer you a selection of quality Brazilian movies together with additional activities. Thus you will be able to taste the country so exotic for the Czech population with different senses,” the organizers state.

The festival tries to show the range of Brazilian cinema and create a complete picture of the country.

A highlight is the historical film Joaquim, about a dentist and soldier who led a slave revolt in the 18th century. It is not a glossy costume drama, though. Life is depicted as hard, dirty and unfair, and much of the film is taken up with an ill-conceived expedition into the wilderness to find new sources of gold.

Other films include Nise: The Heart of Madness, which follows a worker in a psychiatric hospital who tries to change the harsh conditions. The true story set in the 1940s has gotten generally positive reviews, with The New York Times calling it “a mesmerizing drama.”

Obra takes viewers to the world of high-rise architecture, where a big construction project stumbles onto a mass burial site that was obviously intended to remain a secret. The dystopian drama shows São Paulo as a cold and alien world, according to Variety.

In the domestic drama Two Irenes, a man who leads a double life has two daughters named Irene on opposite sides of the city. The half-sisters become friends and learn the truth. The film has been praised for its acting and its sensitive depiction of teen life.

The allegorical film Political Animal offers viewers a cow that faces an existential crisis. The cow reflects on its past and present, trying to make sense of life.

Aside from the theater program, there is children's theater with a workshop involving puppetry called Three Stories for Dreaming on Nov. 4 at 3 pm in Bio Oko, though Czech language skills are necessary.

A concert by the Camões House Band takes place at Cafe Jedna in Veletržní palác on Nov. 4 at 10 pm. The six-member band plays Brazilian music plus explores African and Portuguese roots. The music will continue into the early morning with DJ Mikuláš.

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