Arts ~ Mário Pedrosa.

Mário Pedrosa was born in Pernambuco, Brasil. Pedrosa is recognised as one of Latin America’s favourable public intellectual critics regarding art, history and philosophy.

Often Mário’s work focused on Brazilian visual culture through the transition era. During the 1940s, it was a critical time for the modes of modernism and social realism. Eventually, this led to new and exciting trends within the world of arts.

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This Sunday 24 September, there is a 3pm talk titled: “Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form” at Whitney Museum in New York. The retrospective event will feature the Brazilian’s life and work. Also, there is a great exhibition, On the Affective Nature of Form on display at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Whitney Museum Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. Hours: 10:30am-10pm. Tickets $8/$10.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain. Hours: 10am-9pm. Tickets 10€/8€.

 

Culture ~ Celebrando Brasil.

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Time to celebrate, dance samba and sip caipirinhas at Beautique if you’re in New York this evening. Also tonight Brasil will play Colombia in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Vai Brasil !!! Seleção Brasileira de Futebol are on the Road to Russia. Feliz Dia da Independência do Brasil ❤

Film ~ Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.

These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.

  1.   Aquarius       Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins

Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.

2. Julieta                  Country: ESPAÑA. Length: 96 mins

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.

3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi  Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins

Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film  director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.

4.  Personal Shopper            Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins

French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.

5. The Last Face                   Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins

A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!