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Portuguese DVDs

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Abril despedaçado (Behind the Sun)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Walter Salles (2001)
Set in the Brazilian badlands in 1910 this finely crafted film tells the timeless tragedy of two old feuding families and the younger generation lost in the crossfire. When Tonio’s older brother is murdered, he must avenge his family’s honor before the blood of his brother’s shirt turns yellow in the sun. Tonio fulfills his deadly responsibility, but finds himself in his victim’s shoes: He has only a month to live before he himself is ambushed and killed. In the interim, he meets a beautiful traveling circus performer who forces him to question the cycle of needless violence.
Portuguese with optional English subtitles
1 hour 32 minutes

Bossa Nova
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Bruno Barreto (2000)
This well-crafted romantic comedy set in a picturesque version of Rio de Janeiro weaves together the lives of many characters through a web of coincidences. The central characters, Mary Ann, a widowed English teacher, and Pedro Paulo, an attorney in the middle of a divorce, are looking for a second chance at love. Complicating their lives are a host of friends and family with their own motivations. Special features include Director’s commentary, making-of featurette, and isolated music score.
Portuguese- and English-language tracks with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
1 hour 35 minutes

Eu tu eles (Me You Them)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Andrucha Waddington (2000)
Set in rural Brazil. Darlene, a single mother, marries her older neighbor, Osias, for the security of a home, but soon finds that he would rather have a servant than a partner. While she works in the fields, cooks, takes care of the children, and cleans the house, Osias supervises from a hammock. Osias’ cousin, Zezinho, moves in and eases Darlene’s burdens. They have a child together, and just as things seem to be stabilizing, a young wanderer, Ciro, moves into the house.
Portuguese- and French-language tracks with optional English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles
1 hour 47 minutes

He’arat Shulayim (Footnote)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Joseph Cedar (2011)
There is a rivalry between Eliezer and his son Uriel. Both are professors in the same department and the same university. Eliezer is hardly recognized, while Uriel is popular among the department and the students. An upcoming award is to be given to Eliezer, who finally gains the opportunity to be recognized, a moment which has been a long time coming. Uriel is initially happy for his father, but realizes the award brings some complications. The rivalry intensifies, straining their relationship.
In Hebrew and Portuguese with optional English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

O que é isso, companheiro? (Four Days in September)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Bruno Barreto (1997)
Based on real events, this gripping thriller tells the story of a group of young Brazilian revolutionaries determined to strike a blow against the brutal military dictatorship oppressing their homeland. Their plan: to break the media silence about their movement by kidnapping an American diplomat, Charles Elbrick, and demand the release of political prisoners in exchange for his life. Charles’ life hangs in the balance as the deadline for the release of the political prisoners draws nearer.
Portuguese- and French-language tracks with optional English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

Terra estrangeira (Foreign Land)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas (1995)
Paco, an aspiring actor from São Paulo, finds himself living in squalor after his mother dies and the economy goes bad. He is befriended by an antique dealer, who later to pays him to act as a delivery boy and unwitting smuggler. When the exchange goes bad, Paco finds himself on the run with a beautiful woman caught up in the Portuguese black market. Black & white.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

Tieta do Agreste (Tieta of Agreste)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Carlos Diegues (1996)
Tieta is triumphantly returning to her country home after 26 years. She has a flashy red car, lots of money, and a beautiful stepdaughter. She also has painful memories of her father throwing her out of the house at age 17 when her sister, Perpétua, jealously reported her sexual indiscretions. Now, her family wants to make amends and some money. Tieta’s stepdaughter, Nora, and Ascanio engage in a platonic romance, and Tieta has a not-so-platonic romance with her nephew Ricardo. All is well until an industrial giant attempts to build a plant outside their pristine village. Amidst the debate, the darkest secret of Tieta’s past is revealed.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes