A Festival of Portuguese and Brazilian Film

October 31, 2017 | Brent

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The Arts Department at Toronto Reference Library continues its Monday afternoon screenings of international cinema with a festival of Portuguese and Brazilian films. Think warm thoughts, see the best recent and contemporary titles and then help welcome back the sun with an old classic. 

Mondays through November to December at 2 pm.  All films are shown with English subtitles.


Monday, November 13th 

The Guilded Cage

La cage dorée = The Gilded Cage (2013)

For 30 years now, Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple of Portuguese immigrants, so, the day Maria and José announce their wish to return to Portugal, everybody is crushed. No, they just CAN’T let them do a thing like that...!.


Monday, November 20th

Year My Parents Went on Vacation

O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias = The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006)

In 1970, near the World Cup, Daniel Stern and his wife Miriam leave Belo Horizonte in a hurry with their ten-year-old son Mauro. The couple tells Mauro that he will stay with his grandfather Mótel while they travel on vacation. But Mótel had just died of a heart attack and suddenly Mauro’s parents can’t be found.


Monday, November 27th

Central Station

Central do Brasil = Central Station (1998)

A former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, travel cross-country in a search for the father he never knew.

Monday, December 4th

Clandestine Childhood

Infancia Clandestine = Clandestine Childhood (2011)

After years of exile, Juan and his family come back to Argentina in 1979 under false identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country and the threat of capture or even death is constant.


Monday, December 11th 

The Second Mother

Que Horas Ela Volta? = The Second Mother (2015)

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Monday, December 18th

Black Orpheus

Orfeu Negro = Black Orpheus (1959)

Marcel Camus’ classic retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

All films have English subtitles.

Monday afternoons at 2 pm

Hinton Learning Theatre

Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street