GRLAFF 2012: É Proibido Fumar (Smoke Gets In Your Eyes)

4:30pm, Saturday March 31 at Wealthy Theatre

2009 – Brazil, 86 min. R-14

Directed by Anna Muylaert

Portuguese with English Subtitles
This genre-bending dark comedy that floats by in an unpretentious puff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a charmer whose charisma works, like its characters, in modest but lingering ways. In São Paulo, a lonely forty-something guitar teacher lives a tedious life in a lower middle-class apartment, accompanied by her only companions, cigarettes. When she and her new neighbor Max hit it off, however, she discovers that love —and a support group— can help her to overcome her habit… but it can also cloud judgment.

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GRALFF 2012: Beleza Negra (Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

2pm, Saturday March 31 at Wealthy Theatre

2010 – Brazil, 20 min. – NR

Directed by Carolina Moraes-Liu

Portuguese with English Subtitles
Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

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