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    ‘Braxilia’ is a documentary film about Nicolas Behr’s poetry on Brasilia, the capital of Braz

    ‘Braxilia’ is a documentary film about Nicolas Behr’s poetry on Brasilia, the capital of Braz

    The Embassy of Brazil and Instituto Cervantes present the film cycle entitled “Cine brasileño,” a series of recent Brazilian films to be shown on the Saturdays of February at the Instituto Cervantes theatre.

    The cycle will kick-off on February 7, at 2 p.m., with two screenings: the documentary, Braxilia and the feature film, Blindness.

    Braxilia is a documentary film about Nicolas Behr’s poetry on Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, directed by Danyella Proença in 2010. Its director, who will present the film, will also conduct an open discussion after the screening.

    Immediately after the open discussion, at 3 p.m., the feature film Blindness will be shown. It is Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Nobel Prize José Saramago’s homonymous novel.

    On February 14, the film cycle will show a movie fitting the special festivity of Saint Valentine: Romance, directed by Guel Arraes in 2008. During a remake of the play Tristan and Isolde, actors Peter and Ana fall in love. While the characters live an idealized love, the interpreters are living a true story, which they try to spice up with the intensity of the fiction.

    The film cycle will continue on February 21 with the showing of O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a movie directed by Luiz Villaça in 2009. It is about how affection can improve reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, Roberto lives in a newly opened government institution which main goal is to help young and poor children.

    Catch ‘Romance’ on February 14, a fitting movie for the feast of St. Valentine

    Catch ‘Romance’ on February 14, a fitting movie for the feast of St. Valentine

    Directed by Jorge Durán in 2006, the critically acclaimed Proibido proibir (Forbidden to forbid) will conclude the film cycle on February 28 at 2pm. The movie tells the story of three friends in Rio de Janeiro: Leon (Alexandre Rodrigues), a sociology student; his girlfriend Leticia (Maria Flor), an architecture student; and Leon’s best friend Paulo (Caio Blat), a medical student secretly attracted to Leticia.

    All films will be shown in their original version in Portuguese with English subtitles (except for Blindness, which will be in English). The screenings will take place at the Salón de Actos of Instituto Cervantes, 855 T.M. Kalaw, Ermita, Manila. Entrance is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit www.manila.cervantes.es, or call 526-1482.

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