Noite do Brasil
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
AMC 600, 600 N. Michigan Ave.
Captains of the Sand / Capitaes da Areia
Brazil, 2011, 96 min.
Directors: Cecília Amado, Guy Gonzalvez
Portuguese with subtitles
Based on a novel set in the 1950’s by Jorge Amado, this beautiful film follows the dreams and adventures of a gang of street kids who are abandoned by all. They survive together based on brotherhood. In their boys-only gang, they discover love when a young orphan girl joins them. We witness them dream, discover sex, and live hell for freedom.
Baseado na novela de 1950 escrita por Jorge Amado, esse maravilhoso filme segue os sonhos e aventuras de um grupo de meninos de rua que foram abandonados por todos. Juntos eles sobrevivem elevando o lema da irmandade. No seu grupo de apenas meninos, eles descobrem o amor quando uma menina órfã se junta a eles. Testemunhamos os seus sonhos, a descoberta da sexualidade e a troca do inferno pela liberdade.
Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio St.
CHICAGO (March 27, 2012) – The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) announced today that Cecilia Amado’s and Guy Gonçalves’ Captains of the Sand will be shown at their Noite do Brasil/Brazilian Night gala event, April 18 at the AMC 600, 600 N. Michigan Ave. The screening starts at 6 p.m. with a reception following at 8:30 p.m. at Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio. Noite do Brasil/Brazilian Night is sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago and Texas de Brasil. Co-director Amado is scheduled to attend.
Based on Jorge Amado’s novel and directed by his granddaughter Cecilia, Captains of the Sand follows the dreams and adventures of a boys-only gang of street kids who are abandoned by all. They survive together under a vow of brotherhood. But they soon discover love when a young orphan girl joins them. We witness them dream, discover sex, and exchange hell for freedom. Captains of the Sand features music by singer-songwriter Carlinhos Brown who this year shared an Academy Award® nomination for Best Song with Brazilian superstar Sergio Mendes for the animated film “Rio.”
The Chicago premiere of Captains of the Sand coincides with the celebration of Jorge Amado’s centennial. Born August 10, 1912 in southern Bahia and a founding member of the Academia of Rebels, a Modernist literary movement, Amado published his first novel O País do Carnaval in 1931. The publication of his sixth novel, Captains of the Sand (1937), coincided with the first year of Brazil’s New State dictatorship. Copies of this and many other Amado books were seized and publicly burned in Salvador. Novels such as Gabriela, cravo e canela and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands have been adapted into film, theater and television and have inspired many samba schools. Amado died in Salvador on August 6, 2001.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Cecilia Amado, granddaughter of the legendary writer, started her filmmaking career working on such Brazilian television series as Mulheres Apaixonadas (2003), Da Cor Do Pecado (2004), and City of Men (2004-2005). In 2006, she wrote and directed the short film “Minha Rainha.” Captains of the Sand is her feature film directing debut.
Born in 1962 in Candeal Pequeño, a small neighbourhood in the area of Brotas, in Salvador de Bahía, Antonio Carlos Santos de Freitas (Carlinhos Brown) began his music career as a student of Bongo master Osvaldo Alves da Silva. In 1985, he became a member of Caetano Veloso’s band for whom he wrote the song “Meia Lua Inteira” for Veloso’s album Estrangeiro. Brown founded the percussion group Timbalada in the early 90s, which consisted of more than 100 percussionists and singers, most of them young men and women from his native Candeal Pequeño. He embarked on a solo career in 1996 with Alfagamabetizado and has recorded an additional seven solo albums, the latest two being Adobró and Diminuto (both 2010).
Tickets for Brazilian Night are $75 general admission/ $65 for ILCC members. Admission includes a special film screening and reception offering food, libations and live entertainment. Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at LatinoCulturalCenter.org or by calling (312) 431-1330.
The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) will be taking place April 13_26 and will feature over 140 feature-length and short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. All of the films will be shown in their original language with English or Spanish subtitles. The audience will also have the opportunity to participate in discussions with local and visiting filmmakers after most of the screenings. Other than the Special Events, the Festival will be held at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.) and the Instituto Cervantes (31 E. Ohio St.).
The 28th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival was made possible by the generous contributions of sponsors and their continued commitment to the Latino arts in Chicago:
Platinum: American Airlines – Official Airline, Telemundo/NBC Chicago, and Univision Chicago
Gold: Chicago Latino Network, Chicago Tribune and Hoy, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), JCDecaux, La Raza, Verizon Wireless, Victoria, and WTTW 11 Chicago Public Media
Silver: DePaul University, DHL – Official Express Delivery Provider, EC Charro Tequila, Lapiz, PGC Group – Official Printer, and Titan
Bronze: AARP, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago Reader, Chicago White Sox, Consulate General of Argentina in Chicago, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Egeda Filmotech, Gozamos, Hispanic Executive, Lopez & Co, Mega 95.5, Coors, Prado & Renteria, State Farm Insurance, Tampico, Tristan & Cervantes, UNAM – USA Chicago and Valoramas.
Additional support provided by: The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, City Arts grant – City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council – a state agency, and Nordstrom.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 1985, the Chicago Latino Film Festival began with 14 films projected onto a concrete wall for 500 viewers, and has now grown into the International Latino Cultural Center (ILCC) of Chicago, a premiere cultural organization. The ILCC is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. Imperative to the ILCC mission is to increase cultural opportunities for the Latino community, as well as, create a cultural dialogue amongst Latinos and non-Latinos to discuss universal cross-cultural experiences.
The Chicago Latino Film Festival is produced by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.