Vorführungstermin: Freitag, 14. August 2009, 21.30 Uhr (Vorfilm) [VN37]
Themenschwerpunkt: Neues Denken aus Brasilien (2) | Essayfilme (6)
Englischer Titel: Meditation on Carnaval
Originaltitel: Meditação de Carnaval
Deutscher Titel: Meditationo über Karneval
Herkunft: Brasilien/USA 2009
Laufzeit: 15 min.
Sprachfassung: Portugiesische Originalfassung mit englischen Untertiteln
Regie: Ana Costa Ribeiro
Produzent: Ana Costa Ribeiro
Drehbuch: Ana Costa Ribeiro
Schnitt: Ana Costa Ribeiro
Kamera: Sinisa Kukic
Sprecher: Ana Costa Ribeiro
Produktion: Margem do Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Premierenstatus: Deutsche Erstaufführung
Bisherige Aufführungen: FEMINA Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien;
Kurzinhalt: Ein meditativer Kurzfilm in der Tradition von Resnais und Marker über Straßenkarneval in Rio de Janeiro aus der Perspektive einer aus dem Ausland nach Brasilien zurückkehrenden Frau.
Englische Synopsis: A meditation on street Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro as seen by a woman who is coming back to Brazil.
Englische Werkbeschreibung: Meditation on Carnaval is a poetic documentary about the presence of women in street Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. Through a narration in the 1st person, the film transports the spectator to the streets in Rio during the ritual while the filmmaker meditates about the female social roles in Brazilian society. Images from over 50 years ago show the diversity of women who attend street Carnaval in Rio. Girls, young ladies, mothers, women from different social classes. A panorama that is different of the usual stereotype of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro as a capital of sexual tourism. Our city is known as a land of Carnaval and beautiful women. However, the female body in Carnaval is rarely represented in its creative and political potential, being stereotyped for most of the times. If the stereotype of Brazilian women is linked to their participation in Carnaval, there is also a critique to patriarchal society coming from the ritual itself, through the behavior and the costumes of the revelers. Meditation on Carnaval is also a documentary about the mask. The theme of the mask is connected with transition and metamorphosis. And the mask is linked to a relation between reality and image. In street Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the use of the mask allows a critique to our society. It is through this critique that Brazilians can turn the patriarchal values of our culture upside down. Revealing a Carnaval rarely represented in the media and in cinema, Meditation of Carnaval invites the spectator for a walk around a sunny and creative Rio de Janeiro, different of the images of violence and futility with which our city is usually represented.
Director's Bio: Ana Costa Ribeiro is a Brazilian poet and filmmaker. Obtained the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and the Master of Fine Arts in Cinema at San Francisco State University, where she had Bill Nichols as her advisor. Directed two short films: Chain (San Francisco, 2006) and Meditation on Carnaval (Rio de Janeiro, 2008). Her films have been screened in festivals in Brazil, in the Netherlands, in Germany, in Spain and in the USA. Worked as an assistant director in the award-winner feature film Madame Satã, by Karim Aïnouz, and edited the feature documentaries Tamboro - For Everybody Without Exception, by Sérgio Bernardes, and Voices of America – Paraguay, by Miguel Vassy. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro where develops her film projects and contributes with other filmmakers as an editor and assistant director. Teaches documentary workshops. Works on a poetry book.
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