Past/Future/Present Film Series: Bye Bye Brazil
Bye Bye Brazil • Carlos Diegues • 1980
Rated R • 1h 50min • Portuguese with English subtitles
A mesmerizing, languorous road movie with an upbeat political kick, Bye Bye Brazil follows a Northeastern peasant couple as they join a smalltime traveling sideshow. With magician, strong man, and exotic dancer in tow, the group sets off on a 9,000 mile journey through Brazil. Blurring documentary and fiction, Carlos Diegues’ Bye Bye Brazil merges Cinema Novo experimentalism with cinematic spectacle. It is a film that critiques as it entertains, saying goodbye to a country that is about to come to an end in order to make way for one that is about to begin.
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 film 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.