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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Quem E Beta?

Fortnight 1973, Feature film, 80'

Synopsis

After a catastrophe that modified the world’s natural state and destroyed civilized society, a couple begins a new life in a shelter. Their relationship is disturbed by the arrival of a woman. |

Director

Nelson Pereira Dos Santos

Nelson Pereira dos Santos (b. 22 October 1928 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian movie director. He directed movies such as Vidas Secas (Barren Lives), based on the book with the same name by Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos. He also directed Rio 40°(his first feature film) which was released in 1955. The film is a chronicle of life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and it influenced several other directors, spurring the Cinema Novo moment. His most well-known film outside of Brazil is Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, 1971). The film takes place in the sixteenth century and details the alleged cannibalistic practices of the (now extinct) indigenous Tupinamba warrior tribe against the French and Portuguese colonizers of the Brazilian littoral. The film is something of a black comedy about European colonialism—one that makes satirical use of the Brazilian modernist trope of Antropofagia (« cultural cannibalism »), then recently revived by the Tropicalismo movement of the 1960s—as well as a bitter commentary on the historical genocide of the indigenous tribes in Latin America and the gradual destruction of their civilization. Recently, dos Santos has started production on a movie called Brasília 18%, which explores some of the darker aspects of contemporary Brazilian politics such as political corruption, the murder of trial witnesses, and money laundering.

Ana Maria Magalhaès
Ana Maria Miranda
Arduino Colassanti
Cacá Versiani
Dominique Rhule
Frédéric de Pasquale
Isabel Ribeiro
José Kléber
Luiz Carlos Lacerda
Manfredo Colassanti
Nildo Parente
Noëlle Adam
Regina Rosenburgo
Sylvie Fennec

Screenplay
Nelson Pereira dos Santos et Gérad Levy-Clerc

Prod : Dahlia Film 102, Champs Elysées
75008 Paris