Icarus Acquires Acclaimed Documentary on the Most Prominent Film Movement in Latin American History

April 20 2017
ICARUS FILMS ICARUS FILMS The most prominent movement in Latin American film history in the past century, Cinema Novo ("New Cinema" in Portuguese) is a film movement that rose to prominence in Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s, noted for its emphasis on social equality and intellectualism. It was formed in response to class and racial unrest both in Brazil and the United States. Influenced by Italian neorealism and French New Wave, films produced under the ideology of Cinema Novo opposed traditional Brazilian cinema, which consisted primarily of musicals, comedies and Hollywood-style epics. Cinema Novo should not be confused with Novo Cinema (sometimes also referred to as "Cinema Novo"), a film movement that arose in Portugal between 1963 and 1974. Icarus Films has announced the acquisition of all North American rights to Eryk Rocha's new feature documentary on the Brazilian film movement, which is also titled "Cinema Novo." Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the "intricately edited" film combines film clips from the major works of the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement and period interviews with its leading filmmakers, including auteur filmmakers Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Carlos Diegues, Ruy Guerra, Leon Hirszman, Walter Lima Jr., Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Paulo César Saraceni, Jorge Bodanzky, Orlando Senna, and Glauber Rocha (father of the documentary's director Eryk Rocha), as well as of singer Ava Rocha, whose music is featured in the film. These notable, although mostly unknown (in the USA) filmmakers pushed boundaries with aesthetically bold films that used non-professional actors and low-budget production techniques to tackle social issues; films including "Black God, White Devil," and "Ganga Zumba" (both previously highlighted on this blog), as well as "Barren Lives" and "Iracema." The distribution agreement was signed by Jonathan Miller, Icarus Films, and Sandro Fiorin, FiGa Films. Watch a trailer for "Cinema Novo" below:
by Shadow and Act on April 20 2017

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