Teia – a center for audiovisual research and production headquartered in Belo Horizonte – is reaching its ten-year mark. A cause for both celebration and reflection, this aniversary has resulted in this book with never-before-published texts by critics, researchers and filmmakers. Its aim is to construct a critical repertoire on Teia’s production and, more widely, on recent Brazilian filmmaking.
In the Espinhaço Mountains one winter, a group of small-town Brazilian girls are experiencing the end of their youth. Impossible romances leave marks on their bodies and the surrounding landscape. Each of the friends finds her own particular way to overcome the loneliness and to live within a tangle of uncertainty.
After thirty years living in Angola, the Portuguese ethnologist Acácio Vieira, along with his wife Conceição, moves to Brazil bringing with him an extensive archive of the life of people of Angola and Portuguese colonizers. Weaving memories, images and personal stories, the film embarks on an affectionate journey of the couple’s past, while reconstructing a link of the three countries in which they lived.
Brazilian outback, cowboys preserve their age-old customs, communicating with their cattle in a form of plaintive singing known as Aboio. The chant resounds an improvised, ancient form that is an entrance to the life and the imaginary of the ancient Brazilian cattle drivers.