Hélio Oiticica

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Hélio Oiticica

Cesar Oiticica Filho
Brasilien, 2012
Documentaries, 94min, OmeU

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Hélio Oiticica

Cesar Oiticica Filho
Brasilien, 2012
Documentaries, 94min, OmeU

Cast: 
Hélio Oiticica
Screenplay: 
Cesar Oiticica Filho
Sound: 
Ricardo Cutz
Camera: 
Felipe Reinheimer
Editor: 
Vinicus Nascimento
Composer: 
Daniel Ayres
Bruno Buarque de Gusmão

Production: 
Guerrilha Filmes
World Sales: 
Guerrilha Filmes
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

Cesar Oiticica Filho’s first film is a visually striking found-footage documentary about the filmmaker's uncle, Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th century. Foregoing voiceover narration and expert analyses, the film allows Oiticica himself to narrate his life and expound upon his art in his own words, and in extremely rare archival audio and visual material. The artist’s commentary guides us through his artistic development and expansive political and aesthetic interests, from his modernist paintings and sculptures in the 60’s to his expanded cinema installations and slide show environments of the 70’s, and from the favelas and the lively street life of Rio, New York and London to samba schools and the tropicália cultural movement, jumpstarted by Oiticica but associated with musicians like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.