"Premiere Brazil!" is wrapping up this weekend in New York. It's the fifth edition of an annual series mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.indieWIRE noted that the series opened with Antonia, "which neatly encapsulated the two major themes -- music and poverty -- found throughout most of the program's dozen films." Antonia is due for U.S. release on August 17; as I wrote last month, it's "an engaging, low-key pleasure."

Receiving its North American Premiere, Beto Brant's Stray Dog (pictured) looks at "the sneaky illnesses of cancer or depression, which even youth and love cannot prevent." From the trailer (available at the production company's site), it appears to focus on a young couple. A novel by Daniel Galera provided the source material. I haven't found any formal reviews, but the comments at IMDb have been generally favorable. Stray Dog opened in Brazil in May.

Alice's Houseplayed earlier this year at the Berlin, Guadalajara, Miami and Buenos Aires film festivals, so it could be headed for more U.S. festival exposure. Documentary filmmaker Chico Teixeira's debut feature revolves around Alice (Carla Ribas), a beauty parlor worker and married mother of three sons. Based on the description, it sounds like a dreamy mix of fears and fantasies about marital infidelity. MoMa provides information on all the films, including a retrospective screening of the landmark 1981 film Pixote, the Law of the Weakest, several documentaries on Brazilian music, and the dramatic features The Twelve Labours and Forbidden to Forbid.
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