A new policy for Brazilian Cinema

Showing the world is always a moral act. To awaken history is to gain awareness of our singularity. The best way to draw a character is to use one's imagination. the essence of art is imagination. Brazilian Cinema has undergone a complete turn-around in recent years. First of all, with the help of new sponsorship laws, production rates have accelerated 155 feature films were made between 1995 and 2000, compared with less than a dozen during the early years of the decade. Secondly, the quality...

Introduction

This book presents the first comprehensive critical survey of contemporary Brazilian Cinema to both a Brazilian and an international readership. The period in focus begins in the mid 1990s, when a new Audio-visual Law, promulgated in 1993, started to yield its first results, prompting a boom in film production that became known as the retomada do cinema brasileiro, or the 'rebirth of Brazilian Cinema'. This cinematic 'renaissance' occurred at an emblematic moment of democratic consolidation in...

The New Brazilian Cinema

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Notes on contributors

JOS CARLOS AVELLAR was the president of Riofilme, the film distribution company of Rio de Janeiro, during the first years of the revival of Brazilian film production 1993-00 . He is currently the director of Martim 21, a distribution company of Brazilian and Latin-American films, and the coordinator of the Programa Petrobras Cinema, that funds films and other activities related to cinema. He is a film critic and film historian, and the author, among other books, of Cinema dilacerado Rio de...

The cinema that Brazil deserves

Brazil is currently experiencing a boom in film production thanks to the Audio-visual Law which, since 1994, has prompted the rebirth of feature film production. But Brazilian Cinema has never been a permanent activity and has always gone through cycles such as this. These cycles begin with much euphoria, only to end some time later and almost always suddenly, in the midst of a crisis that is never due to the quality of the films themselves. In my lifetime alone, I have witnessed or...