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Vidas secas | Barren Lives

Brazil, Drama, 1963         
103 min, 35mm, Black and White   
Portuguese with English subtitles

Regal Metropolitan 10
Sunday, April 20, 4 PM
All audiences

Woman on a ranch

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Graciliano Ramos, Vidas secas is hailed as a stunning masterpiece, and the cornerstone of Brazil’s Cinema Novo. The film is set in Brazil’s Northeast in the early 1940’s and chronicles two years in the life of an impoverished cowhand’s family who long to escape their unceasing hardship and misery. The film was banned after Brazil’s 1964 military coup for its realistic portrayal of hellish poverty and police brutality.

Pereira’s contribution to the national debate over land reform was the winner of the OCIC Award at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival (tied with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and nominated for a Palm d’Or. - JCRR, Cine Las Americas
       
Producers: Luiz Carlos Barreto, Herbert Richers, Danilo Trelles   
Production Companies: Luiz Carlos Barreto Produções Cinematográficas, Sino Filmes
Screenwriters: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Graciliano Ramos (novel)   
Cinematographers: Luiz Carlos Barreto, José Rosa
Editors: Rafael Justo Valverde, Nello Melli   
Music by: Leonardo Alencar       
Cast: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Jofre Soares, Gilvan Lima, Genivaldo Lima

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