Gilberto Gil is a musician and songwriter who has been a beacon of light in Brazilian culture for nearly sixty years. Amongst the many feats of his long-lasting career, he was one of the main creators of the... Read Article
‘Cinema Was An Important Refuge For A Kid Who Understood That The World Wasn’t a Safe Space For Being Queer’: An Interview with Brazilian Director Gustavo Vinagre
Ahead of its screening this Friday as part of the Barbican’s celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Pride in the UK, Sounds and Colours caught up with Three Tidy Tigers Tied a Tie Tighter director, Gustavo Vinagre, to discuss the Brazilian filmmaker’s prolific film output and philosophy.
Marisa Monte is back on the road. She’s currently promoting her most recent album, Portas, a collection of songs which felt like a much needed gentle breeze on a sunny day during the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read Article
Mallu Magalhães was one of the first musicians in Brazil to get famous through “the internet”, way back in 2007. Mallu, short for Maria Luiza, was fifteen when she uploaded four songs on the social network MySpace. All... Read Article
It’s Monday 7th March and I have a Zoom interview scheduled with Bebel Gilberto. As I go through my notes, I keep imagining what her life as a child must have been like, being the daughter of João... Read Article
I remember watching a video on TV for Elza Soares‘ rendition of “Opinião”, which was part of her 2004 album Vivo Feliz (2004). This album was the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Do Cóccix Até o Pescoço (2002), which... Read Article
Medusa (Medusa, Brazil 2021) is a dystopian satire of how right-wing politics in Brazil – with its extremism and patent misogyny – can affect society. Like Kleber Mendonça Filho’s excellent Bacurau (2019), Anita Rocha da Silveira invigorating second feature... Read Article
54 Days With Caetano Veloso: Ricardo Calil and Renato Terra discuss the making of their documentary Narcissus Off Duty
The documentary Narcissus Off Duty (2020) is a deep dive through Caetano Veloso’s own oral history into his imprisonment from the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1968. It is a minimalistic and poignant film based mainly on Veloso’s account... Read Article
REVIEW New Documentary Takes a Deep Dive into Caetano Veloso’s Imprisonment by Brazil’s Military Dictatorship
Codirected by Ricardo Calil and Renato Terra, who had previously worked together in the documentaries A Night in 67 (2010) and I am Carlos Imperial (2016), the film is a deep dive through Caetano Veloso’s own oral history into his imprisonment from the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1968.
REVIEW ‘Valentina’: An Eye-Opening and Moving Depiction of the Challenges Facing Trangender People in Brazil
Valentina (2020, directed by Cássio Pereira dos Santos) is one of four Latin American films, including features and shorts, being shown at the 35th BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival 2021, running until 28 March. Elected Best Brazilian Feature Film award... Read Article
The Argentinian film The Funeral Home (2020, original title La Funeraria) opened in select virtual theatres in USA and Canada on 29 January. It is the directorial debut of Mauro Iván Ojeda, who shows a promising grip of... Read Article
Dorival Caymmi – The Sounds of Life (Brazil, 2019, dir. Daniela Broitman), a documentary about one of Brazil’s great twentieth-century musicians, is being shown on virtualWOMEX, an “online gateway to the global music community”. Dorival Caymmi was a... Read Article