The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Tocaia no Asfalto
Written, directed and edited by Pires, this early work of Brazil’s politically charged Cinema Novo movement entwines themes of crime, love and mysticism. The film stars Agildo Ribeiro – known mostly for his comedic roles across film, television and theatre – in an uncharacteristic turn as a hitman assigned to kill an idealistic yet controversial politician hailing from the state of Bahia. Winner of the Saci Prize in 1963, the biggest award in Brazilian cinema at the time, and later chosen for restoration by the Cinemateca Brasileira.
Also screening on Wed 18 October
Now! Crime, politics and revolution in 1960s Brazilian cinema
Assault on the Pay Train (1962) – Wed 18 Oct, 7pm
Tocaia no Asfalto (1962) – Wed 18 Oct, 9pm
Antes, o Verão (1968) – Wed 25 Oct, 7pm
The Red Light Bandit (1968) – Wed 25 Oct, 8.35pm
A Rainha Diaba (1974) –Wed 1 Nov, 7pm
Macunaíma (1969) – 9.05pm
About the program
The 1960s was a time of great upheaval in Brazil, as it was the world over. During this rich cultural period cinema went through a moment of radical flux, as did music and the other visual arts. Shadowed by a decade of repressive dictatorship, censorship decrees, and an exodus of dissidents, many of the films produced experimented with narrative, design, collage and music...
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