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VideoFilmes (Firm)

Works: 104 works in 204 publications in 5 languages and 5,978 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Road films  Prison films  Documentary films  Biographical films  Historical films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by VideoFilmes (Firm)
Cidade de Deus = City of God by Fernando Meirelles( Visual )

34 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Built in the 1960s, Cidade de Deus (City of God) is a sprawling housing project built to keep the poor as far as possible from Rio's glamorous beaches and resorts. By the 1980s, it has degenerated into a war zone so dangerous that visitors from outside risk being shot to death on sight, a poisonous stew of poverty, drugs, and crime. "If you run away, they get you, and if you stay, they get you, too," says Rocket, who wants to be a photographer. Rocket's brother, friends, and neighbors begin with truck stick-ups, which lead to brothel hold-ups that lead to murder that leads to coke dealing that leads to street brawls with armies of gun-toting 11-year-olds. Soon a full-scale gang war rages in the City of God--understandably not covered by wary Rio photojournalists--but just the opportunity Rocket needs to make his move, get a job at a newspaper, and get out
Central Station by Walter Salles( Visual )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in Portuguese and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely, retired school-teacher relunctantly takes the child under her wing
On the road by Walter Salles( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveling cross-country, young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly
Leonera = Lion's den by Pablo Trapero( Visual )

3 editions published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia gives birth to a son after she is sent to the penitentiary for the murder of her lover. Fellow inmate Marta becomes her ally, while her mother Sofia is her opponent. As Marta attempts to teach Julia how to be a mother in the least appropriate place, her mother attempts to gain custody so the child can grow up outside of prison. The duel between Julia and her mother expresses the dilemma of what is better for the child, life with his mother in prison, or without her, but in freedom
Madame Satã by Karim Aïnouz( Visual )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Portuguese and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

João Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Satã, was one of the most famous drag queens of the 1930s. "Born to slaves in the arid wasteland of Northern Brazil and sold by his mother at the age of 7 for a mule, João Francisco dos Santos battled all stereotypes on the mean streets of Lapa, Rio de Janeíro. Jailed for 27 of his 76 years, dos Santos was an explosive figure prone to excessive bouts of violence and moments of extreme tenderness"--Container
Terra estrangeira by Walter Salles( Visual )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in Portuguese and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After the unexpected death of his mother, Paco, an aspiring actor from Sao Paulo, longs to leave his native Brazil. Tired of living in squalor, he accepts a 'delivery job' from a shady antique dealer and travels to Lisbon carrying a violin filled with uncut diamonds. But when the exchange goes bad, he finds himself on the run from an underworld thug and in the arms of Alex, a beautiful woman caught up in the Portuguese black market."--Container
Lavoura arcaica( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in Portuguese and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on the relationship between a young man, André, and his religious but caring family. After running away from his Lebanese-Brazilian abode, André has to confront Pedro, the older brother determined to convince him to return to the protective care of his parents. Torn apart by an unresolved incestuous past with his younger sister, Ana, Pedro has to choose between a life of utopian freedom, removed from all past connections, or re-engagement with strict patriarchal norms by returning to his religious family
O céu de Suely = Suely in the sky by Karim Aïnouz( Visual )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Portuguese and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hermila takes her newborn son and returns to her village in northeastern Brazil. Realizing she has been abandoned by her husband, she is determined to raise enough money to escape her stifling home town. She raffles off her body as a way to raise money
Abril despedaçado by Walter Salles( Visual )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in Portuguese and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Samir is a Muslim young man who attends college in America. He returns home with fear and concern. He knows persecution lies ahead because he has converted to Christianity
Bossa nova( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the origins and development of the Brazilian bossa nova. Contains musical performances, as well as stories and reminiscences from leading figures of bossa nova and commentaries by musicians who trace its influence outside of Brazil
Macunaíma by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Portuguese and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Macunaíma, cinema novo pioneer Joaquim Pedro de Andrade adapted a masterpiece of Brazilian modernism to reflect the simultaneous triumph of tropicalismo and onset of military dictatorship. Pure essence of 1969, the movie is a funny, freewheeling mélange of primitive myth and Busby Berkeley, hippie street theater and cabaret star Grande Otelo, glamorized urban guerrillas and documented candomblé rituals; it's full of racial high jinks, with a free-floating cannibal metaphor applied most savagely to a capitalist ogre."--Village Voice
Jia Zhang-ke, a guy from Fenyang = Fenyang xiaozi Jia Zhangke( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in Chinese and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary following Chinese director Jia Zhangke to Fenyang, his birthplace, in the Shanxi province in Northern China, and to the locations of his films
Antonio Carlos Jobim : an all-star tribute by Antonio Carlos Jobim( Visual )

in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Brazil comes this musical tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), co-founder and leading composer of the Bossa Nova."--Conteneur
Linha de passe Une famille brésilienne by Walter Salles( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Portuguese and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four poor, fatherless brothers in São Paulo aspire to break free of their social status and its trappings by becoming professional soccer players
Edifício Master by Eduardo Coutinho( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in Portuguese and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The daily lives and routines of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Santiago( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Portuguese and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Santiago Badariotti Merlo was the butler for the parents and family of director João Moreira Salles for thirty years. He was also an eccentric man, a lover of film, theater, music and history. In 1992, when Santiago has retired, João Moreira Salles decides to make a film about him. He films him, but never edits the movie. In 2005 he returns to work on the unfinished film and discovers reflections of his own life in Santiago's memories."--Web
Jogo de cena by Eduardo Coutinho( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Portuguese and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation
Um passaporte húngaro by Sandra Kogut( Visual )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in Portuguese and French and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adiu monde: A sarcastic reflection on the search for "authenticity" in the Pyrenees, we listen to butchers, mechanics, farmers and hikers sharing their versions of the legend of the vanished young shepherd and the shepherdess who follows him into the forest. As poetic as it is comical, the film not only demonstrates the phenomenon of nostalgia; it also celebrates the tremendous zest for life discovered among the present-day inhabitants of the Pyrenees
Peões = Metalworkers by Eduardo Coutinho( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in Portuguese and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed during Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's presidential campaign, the film examines the personal histories of anonymous workers who were involved alongside Lula in labor strikes in the late 1970s. They talk about their participation, their work in the factories, their hardships and their personal views of Lula
Iracema( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in Portuguese and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In contrast to the government's official propaganda, this film documents the social problems and deforestation of the Amazon Region during the Brazilian dictatorship. Documents the lives of a young prostitute in the Amazonas, Iracema, and a truck driver, Tião, who travel the Amazon area through the Transamazonic Road
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Terra estrangeira