Rio, Zona Norte

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Rio, Zona Norte

Rio, Northern Zone

Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Brasilien, 1957
84min, OmeU

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Rio, Zona Norte

Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Brasilien, 1957
, 84min, OmeU

Fri
25
Oct 19
20:30
Metro, Eric Pleskow Saal
Cast: 
Grande Otelo
Luz Cardoso
Malu Maia
Adelaide
Jece Valadão
Mauricio
Maria Petar
Selbst
Haroldo de Oliveira
Lourival
Screenplay: 
Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Camera: 
Hélio Silva
Editor: 
Rafael Justo Valverde
Composer: 
Zé Keti
Alexandre Gnattali

Production: 
Nelson Pereira dos Santos Produções Cinematográfcas
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

Following the critical success of his feature debut RIO, 40 GRAUS, master Brazilian filmmaker Nelson Pereira dos Santos (1928–2018) brings a tale of race and class to screen starring legendary actor Grande Otelo. Through a series of flashbacks, RIO, ZONA NORTE recalls episodes in the life of its protagonist, samba composer Espírito da Luz Cardoso, whose character was inspired by celebrated musician Zé Keti, who appears briefly in the film. Espírito is a favela-based samba composer struggling with a tough existence when his music is suddenly discovered by a music businessman, who quickly finds a ways to cheat him out of credit and royalties for his increasingly popular songs. The samba composer remains optimistic, buoyed by the spirit of his music but his despair only increases when his son turns to a life of crime and his new love abandons him. Addressing some of the nation’s most crucial characteristics, this powerful drama of inequity and exploitation of popular culture unveils the racial and economic fault lines at its heart and remains one of the greatest Brazilian films of all time (Gustavo Beck)

Nelson Pereira dos Santos: RIO, 40 GRAUS (1955), RIO, ZONA NORTE (1957), MANDACARU VERMELHO (1962), VIDAS SECAS (1963), BOCA DE OURO (1963), EL JUSTICERO (1967), COMO ERA GOSTOSO O MEU FRANCÊS (1971), O AMULETO DE OGUM (1974), TENDA DOS MILAGRES (1977), MEMÓRIAS DO CÁRCERE (1984), GUERRA E LIBERDADE – CASTRO ALVES EM SÃO PAULO (1998), A MÚSICA SEGUNDO TOM JOBIM (2012), A LUZ DO TOM (2013)