Lusophone Film Festival “Girimunho” (Swirl)


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  • Speaker: Introduction by Professor Fernando Arenas
  • Host Department: Romance Languages and Literatures
  • Date: 09/12/2013
  • Time: 07:30 PM

  • Location: Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

  • Description:

    Girimunho tells the story of Bastu, an 81-year-old lady who lives in a village in the interior of Minas Gerais (Brazil), and who after the death of her husband tries to create her new life. Departing from a real city and its people, the film explores their rich imaginary, poetic and magic universe to talk about human relationships, pointing to the coexistence of traditions and contemporary life, reality and dream, life and death, dissolving the limits between these concepts (La Biennale di Venezia). The larger than life 80-year old women protagonists of Girimunho burst onto the screen with the intensity of the Afro-Brazilian culture that surrounds them. Link to YouTube here to view the film's trailer.


    The Lusophone Film Festival will showcase the contemporary cinema of the Portuguese-speaking world, and will be the first event of its kind in Ann Arbor and at the University of Michigan. The festival will feature recent critically acclaimed films from Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Portugal, that have limited or no presence in the commercial film circuit. 


    The Lusophone Film Festival will take place throughout the Fall Term of 2013 in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) Helmut Stern Auditorium. The 7 films will be scheduled on Thursday evenings (September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 14, December 5). All films will include English subtitles. Film screenings will be hosted by Professor Fernando Arenas and will be preceded by an introduction given by a faculty member or graduate student with expertise on the country of the film in question. 

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