11/22/2019 03:30 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

Brazil 1967 114 min Portuguese original version with German subtitles

by Glauber Rocha

Script: Glauber Rocha, DoP: Luís Carlos Barret, Editor: Eduardo Escorel, Music: Sérgio Ricardo, Producers: Luís Carlos Barreto, Carlos Diegues, Raymundo Wanderley, Glauber Rocha, Cast: Jardel Filho, Paulo Autran, José Lewgoy, Glauce Rocha

ENTRANCED EARTH tells the story of a poet in the fictional land of Eldorado, who offers his services to various leaders and loses his life in the end. With feverish energy, at times unfettered camerawork and extraordinary image composition, this powerful film, full of irresistibly written dialogue and opulent scenery, manages to serve as a critical document of an era of dictatorship, ideology and corruption.

„Never before had a Brazilian film sketched such a complex image of societal contexts, and no other Brazilian director has since questioned himself as an artist and intellectual with the same honesty and passion or depicted his own contradictoriness.“ (Peter B. Schumann, publicist and Latin American expert)

Glauber Rocha was born in 1939 in Vitória da Conquista in the state of Bahia. He grew up in Salvador da Bahia, where he wrote his first film reviews at an early age. In 1955, he founded the theater group Jogralescas Teatralizações Poéticas, with which he sought to create a connection between theater and poetry. In 1958, he worked briefly as a police reporter, then as a film critic. In 1959, he studied law for two years in Rio. He left Brazil in 1971 in protest against the military dictatorship. During his years in exile, he lived in Havana, Rome, Paris, New York, and London. He returned to Brazil in 1976. He died of lung cancer in Rio de Janeiro in 1981.

Awards (selection): FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes Film Festival, France 1967), Grand Prix (Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland 1967)

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