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Vidas sêcas

Vidas sêcas

Vidas sêcas

1963 / 100min / DCP

DIRECTOR: NELSON PEREIRA DOS SANTOS

8:45pm screening on Friday, April 19 introduced by Richard Peña.

Adapted from author Graciliano Ramos’s Faulkneresque account of two years in the lives of drought-driven refugees (and their dog) in the arid Brazilian northeast, Vidas Secas or Barren Lives is a masterpiece of the Cinema Novo movement that not only captured a world of almost feudal repression and poverty but also exposed the dreams, fears and passions of an enormous rural underclass that had become the subject of an intense national debate about that country’s future. A milestone of Latin American cinema that pointed to a path beyond the neorealism that had dominated progressive cinema to that point.