Films in the Portuguese language
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ADRIFT (2010)
Certification12 Our Rating
Mathias is a successful French novelist who packs up his family, including wife Clarice and fourteen-year-old daughter Filipa, for a few months of vacation at a beachfront house in Brazil. But while the environment may be beatific, mum and dad are less than contented, and when Filipa spies her father’s unfaithfulness she decides to act upon her own burgeoning sexuality. find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating unrated

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class, seaside Boa Viagem Avenue, Recife. All the neighboring apartments have already been acquired by a company which has other plans for that plot. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death, and will engage in a cold war of sort find out more...

Certification18 Our Rating

On a beach paradise in Northeast Brazil, Shangri-La - a huge festival of art and alternative culture - serves as a backdrop of intense sensory experiences between three different young find out more...

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BACURAU (2019)
Certification18 Our Rating

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

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Certification12 Our Rating
Set in the harsh and unforgiving environs of Brazil in 1910; ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother a son finds himself beginning to question the brutality of the world in which he lives and the all-consuming vendetta that has plagued his family for generations. The arrival of love galvanises the young man into experiencing a world outside the murderous and honour bound one he has always known, but will he find the courage to leave his family obligations behind and seek s find out more...
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When a tribe of indigenous Guarani Indians attempts to re-inhabit their ancestral land, which lies on the border of a wealthy landowner's fields, tensions escalate.

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The legend of Orpheus and Eurydice recreated in Rio de Janeiro with an all black cast. Orpheus (a tram conductor!) is pursued by Death as he and his beloved Eurydice weave through the carnival madness of Rio in full swing. Amazing energy and colour with superb direction. find out more...
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BUS 174 (2002)
Certification15 Our Rating
This documentary details the tragic events in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000 when an armed young man, Sandro do Nascimento, desperately boards a bus and threatens to kill the passengers. A sympathetic, even-handed treatment of a disturbing and genuinely upsetting tale. Consisting of interviews with relatives of survivors and friends and family of Sandro himself, with extensive footage from Brazilian TV broadcasters, many of whom filmed the terrible event in its totality... Heavy stuff. find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Carandiru was Brazil's largest prison, a grim enclosure that worked as a brutal self-regulating microcosm of the world outside it. The film is seen thru' the eyes of a doctor who gets to know the prisoners, drug dealers, rapists, murderers, remandees et al, and we get to know some of them thru' flashbacks to their pre-prison life. This is the story of how these men's time shuddered to a halt when riot police entered the compound in October 1992 and shot dead 111 unarmed prisoners. From the direc find out more...
Certification15 Our Rating
Dora is a retired schoolteacher turned conwoman, scratching a living at Rio's swarming railway station by writing never to be posted letters for illiterate passengers. When one of her customers dies, the woman's young son, Josue, is left stranded alone in the big city. Dora takes pity on the child and reluctantly joins him on a cross-country search for his father. A critically acclaimed road movie in the vein of Paris Texas. find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating
The 'City of God' is a slum town within the confines of Rio De Janeiro and a place of such casual and seemingly infinite brutality that no one but its residents ever venture within its borders. Rocket is one young man who has made a conscious decision to escape his 'home town' and it is through his eyes that we view this mesmerizing vision of a society where violence and the ruthlessness to use it have run amok. 'City Of God' is a truly awesome film, a heart pounding journey, with relentless pac find out more...
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Certification15 Our Rating
Growing up in a culture dictated by violence and run by street gangs, teenagers Acerola and Laranjinha have become as close as brothers. With their eighteenth birthdays fast approaching, Laranjinha sets out to find the father he never met while Acerola struggles to raise his own young son, but, when they suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war, the lifelong friends are forced to confront a shocking secret from their shared past. Minus the original directors, this long awaited se find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating
After the success of Fernando Mereille's and Katia Lund's 'City of God', comes this excellent series made for Brazilian television. The nine episodes focus on different aspects of Brazilian street life and have garnered critical and popular success both in Brazil and elsewhere. The episodes on Disc One are: The Emperors Crown, The Mans Brother In Law, The Post, Uolace & Joao Victor. find out more...
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Certification18 Our Rating
The episodes on this disc are: Saturday, The Two On Their Way To Brasilia, It Has To Be Now, The Ordinares and Hotspot. Superb cinematic television from an up and coming national film industry. find out more...
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Straight after starting his job as a bookkeeper at his Uncle Francisco's shop in Lisbon Macario falls madly in love with a young blonde, who lives across the road, and no sooner have they met than he wants to marry her. His uncle, totally opposed to the match, fires him and Macário departs for Cape Verde where he makes his fortune. But only once he’s won his uncle’s approval does the naive lover discover the singularity of his fiancée’s character.
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Certification18 Our Rating
An elite battalion of police officers, known as BOPE, are pretty much the only thing that the drug dealers living in the favelas of Rio De Janerio fear - aside from each other. But the man who commands them wants out; the unrelenting brutality of his job is beginning to fracture both his mind and family life. The Captain has one goal: to find a worthy replacement, untainted by the corruption that riddles his fellow colleagues, and the potential shows itself in the form of two very different but find out more...
Certification18 Our Rating


Revered Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and his second in command Aspirante Matias are facing tough times within the corrupt political system of Rio de Janeiro. Following the bloody aftermath of a disastrously handled prison riot, Nascimento gets caught in a lethal political dispute that involves not only government officials, but also the find out more...

Certification12 Our Rating

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. 

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Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson Sá, a former drug-dealer, turns social revolutionary in one of Rio de Janeiro's most feared slums. Through music, the rhythms of the street and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent life offered by the drug armies and sustained by corrupt police. But even as liberation looms trage find out more...
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FRANKIE (2019)
Certification12 Our Rating

Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces. Frankie (Ira Sachs) is a psychoanalytical film centred around a classical Isabelle Huppert performance. She explained at TIFF that she is a slightly different person in her performance because she predominantly speaks English instead of her native French. The director revealed that the characters were writt find out more...