A new cultural event in the capital is the free weekly film show on Wednesdays at the Brazilian embassy now in new premises at 14-16, Cockspur St. WC1, near Trafalgar Square.
Since the demise of the Brazilian Cultural Centre in Chiswick, when the Arts Council withdrew funding, there has been nowhere to see contemporary Brazilian films that don’t go on general release in the UK.
Recent films have included Amarela Mango, an anarchic celebration of life in the northeastern city of Recife during the 1970’s; Memorias Postumas de Bras Cubas based on one of the best-known books by the famous author Machado de Assis.
Last month there was also a showing of A Novela das 8 (The Evening Soap) directed by Odilon Rocha, which looks at the interchanges between reality and fiction during the military dictatorship in Brazil.
This too was followed by a fascinating discussion between the director and the audience, some of whom lived through this period.
The title of last week’s film is O Pai Ó, meaning ‘Look, daddy, look’, another film about life in the northeast during carnival.
No booking necessary, just turn up at 6.30 pm. The programme is available by email from the embassy website: www.itamaraty.gov.br