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Jul 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

A Opção (ou: As Rosas da Estrada)

Screening to be followed by discussion with Ela Bittencourt

Brazil’s Marginal Cinema Movement began in the late 1960s in the slums of Sao Paulo. Films of this era were united in the radical themes and low-budget aesthetics they featured, rejecting the norms of traditional cinema. Brazil had recently undergone rapid political changes and citizens found themselves living under a dictatorial regime. Because these radical films often served as a rebuke to the new administration and its violent policies, the films were often censored or banned by the government.

We’re excited to celebrate Marginal Cinema with one of the movement’s biggest figures, Ozualdo Candeias. In his 1981 film, Opção: (ou As Rosas da Estrada), or The Option (or: The Roses of the Highway), Candeias combines theatrical scenes and cinéma vérité filming to tell the story of young women in rural communities moving to cities in order to make a better life for themselves, only to find their options limited to prostitution. Candeias depicts the bleak lives these women lead, in which they must choose between performing exhausting labor in sugarcane fields or sex work, through his use of spare, black and white imagery, hand-held camera, and minimal dialogue.


A Opção (ou: As Rosas da Estrada)

Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias, 87 min., 1981

“Combining documentary and staged action, Candeias delves into the profoundly quotidian reality of a group of rural women who cut sugar cane and live modestly in ramshackle neighborhoods along the highway. For many, the only escape (or option, as the title implies) to potentially better their lives is through prostitution. Candeias, a former truck driver, offers a deeply felt vision of these communities based, on firsthand experiences.”

-International Film Festival Rotterdam

87 min

Ela Bittencourt works as a critic and programmer in the United States and in Latin America. She publishes in various international magazines, including Film CommentFriezeArtforumArt in America, and the Village Voice.

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Jul 26, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Free – $10.00


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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