Celebrating the theatrical releases of three highly acclaimed Brazilian films and the realization of two special film series, Cinema Tropical, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Brazil in New York, has launched the special initiative Verão in New York: A Summer of Brazilian Cinema to celebrate the revitalized cinema of Latin America’s largest country in the summer months of June, July, and August of this year.

Brazilian cinema has gone through an impressive resurgence in recent years: With record-breaking production numbers and a vast new generation of young filmmakers working across the country—beyond Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the traditional film centers of the nation—Brazilian cinema has reached a new plane of maturity.

Through a diversity of aesthetics, narratives, and genres, and fueled by acclaim won in the international film festival circuit, Brazilian filmmakers have been challenging pre-conceived notions of Brazilian culture and politics, and are providing direction during Brazil’s turbulent political present.

The three films enjoying a theatrical release this summer are Fellipe Barbosa’s Gabriel and the Mountain, opened Friday, June 15th at the Quad Cinema, distributed by Strand Releasing; Affonso Uchôa and João Dumans’ Araby, opened Friday, June 22nd at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Grasshopper Film release; and Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’ Good Manners, opening Friday.

July 27th at the IFC Center, from Distrib Films US.

On July 28th and 29th, Museum of the Moving Image will present the special series “LGBTQ Brazil,” programmed by Ela Bittencourt. Featuring a unique lineup of films, all of them in their New York premiere, the series showcases the flourishing and diverse LGBTQ cinema from the South American country. Highlights include Kiko Goifman’s Berlinale Teddy Award winner documentary Bixa Travesty on the self-described “gender terrorist” black trans pop singer Linn da Quebrada and Ismael Caneppele’s coming-of-age lesbian romance Music for When the Lights Go Out.

Finally, Cinema Tropical’s popular “Music+Film: Brazil” series is presenting two special screenings this summer, including the documentary film Badi, directed by Edu Felistoque, which follows the international career of singer, guitarist, and composer Badi Assad. The film screens on July 6th at Guild Hall in East Hampton as part of the first annual Guitar Masters festival.

“Music+Film: Brazil” will also partner with Brasil Summerfest and Symphony Space on August 1 to present the New York premiere of Chico: Brazilian Artist—a 2015 documentary film by Miguel Faria Jr. that follows legendary musician Chico Buarque as he considers his own past from a nuanced point of view.

For more information, contact: Cinema Tropical at press@cinematropical.com or (212) 254-5474.

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