Past/Future/Present Film Series: Vidas Secas
Vidas secas • Nelson Pereira dos Santos • 1963
Unrated • 1h 43min • Portuguese with English subtitles
Set in the early 1940s, Pereira dos Santos’ Cinema Novo classic Vidas secas (Barren Lives) depicts two years in the lives of a family struggling to survive the drought-ravaged, landowner-dominated sertão of Brazil's Northeast. Stark in its imagery, Vidas secas remains a powerful portrayal of the oppressed. At the time of its release in Brazil, this film was considered the absolute last word as a realistic filmic depiction of the marginalized. Today it seems much more—a mystically intense pilgrim's progress through an unending purgatory with no other side.
Free for Members and included with general admission.
About Past/Future/Present Film Series (see full series calendar here)
Presented in conjunction with Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, this series is an introductory selection of Brazil’s most well-known directors and film historically pivotal works, looking from Brazil’s cinematic past to its present and examining the possibilities for its future. Offering Cinema Novo, the cinematic movement that brought Brazil to international acclaim, and its legacies, this series also presents documentaries that capture contemporary Brazil in both life and cinematic practice.