Monday, November 29, 2010
General Admission: $5.00
An official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, BESURO is the emotional true story of the legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, who was rumored to fly and leads an uprising of agricultural workers against an exploitative landowner.
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Brazil (2004) 95 min, English Subtitle
Director: Joao Daniel Tikhomiroff
Screenwriter: Patricia Andrade
Cast: Ailton Carmo, Jessica Barbosa, Anderson Santos de Jesus, Flavio Rocha, Irandhir Santos, Macale.
Set in the jungles of Bahia in the 1920s, the tale is firmly grounded in its historical time and place, when rich white landowners exploited black workers like slaves, even after the nominal abolition of slavery. The action begins when Master Alipio (Macale), who has taught the art of Capoeira to Besouro, Dinora and Quero-Quero since they were children, is brutally murdered on the orders of Col. Venancio, the young plantation owner. The Colonel’s attempt to nip rebellion in the bud has just the opposite effect, and from beyond the grave, Master Alipio urges his young student Besouro (played by the athletic Ailton Carmo, a professional Capoeira player) to fight for his people.
Escaping to the jungle to prepare himself for heroic deeds to come, Besouro receives magical powers that allow him to fly and make his body virtually impenetrable. Some of the films finest sequences involve his initiation into the forces of nature by the wind and water goddess Orixa. As his consciousness enters the bodies of a flying beetle and then a frog, the camera assumes the animals’ point of view as they fly through the air and dive underwater.