Last night, Day 124 of my challenge to do more that is Brazilian, I went to my first Brazilian film in a theater in Brazil.
We saw Xingu, a fabulous film about the three activist brothers, Claudio, Leonardo & Orlando Villas Boas, who explored the Amazon and tried to save the indigenous people from those that were exploiting the land.
One of the interesting things about the film, and I’m guessing other Brazilian films, is at the beginning they spend a minute or two just displaying the logos of all the companies that participated and invested in the film. I wonder if this is a good incentive for companies to invest in production… also the government agencies appear to be involved as well.
Obviously, the film was in Portuguese and without subtitles. About a third way into the film, I understood that the big, bad guys were the Americans, raping and pillaging the land, killing the natives. I started to get a little nervous. It’s kind of like being the only German in a theater showing “The Pianist” and suddenly realizing the film is not about music. But no, later my husband explained that the Americans just wanted the Brazilians to build a military base there, and the Brazilians were the bad guys burning villages and slaughtering natives. Whew.
Anyway, I’m proud of myself for not falling asleep and getting most of the story. I would definitely recommend the film for some Amazon history, a great story and excellent cinematography.