Though Brazil may be most famous for its soccer stars, top models, and sultry samba, its rich culture of cinema is not to be overlooked. Thanks to MOMA and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, New Yorkers can now happily explore the country’s best new films—and some classics, too—right here in our own backyard at Premiere Brazil 2010, a three-week survey that includes the New York premieres of nearly a dozen features and four shorts. Screening today are Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009), Fábio Barreto’s fictionalized biopic about Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva (at 1); The Tenants (2009), Sergio Bianchi’s exploration of society’s obsession with violence (at 3:30); and Xica da Silva (1976), legendary Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues’s retelling of the true story of an 18th-century African slave who starts a tumultuous love affair with a Portuguese royal agent who holds the region’s exclusive diamond-mining contract (at 6). Filmmakers will be on hand to introduce and give Q&As after the first screenings of each film.

July 15-29, 2010

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