Artists' Television Access

Brazil on Screen

Friday, November 11, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6-$10

ATA presents Brazil on Screen, an ongoing program of contemporary Brazilian film. The evening opens with the North American premier of A Vermelha Luz do Bandido (The Bandit’s Red Light) followed by  Rogério Sganzerla’s 1968 film O Bandido da Luz Vermelha  (The Red Light Bandit).

A Vermelha Luz do Bandido (The Bandit’s Red Light), 16:00 min, Video, 2009, English subtitles, Directed by Brazilian filmmaker Pedro Jorge. A Vermelha Luz do Bandido is a short scientific-experimental documentary that pays tribute to Rogério Sganzerla’s O Bandido da Luz Vermelha, and a general reflection on the contemporary film industry in Brazil. Starring: Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic)

O Bandido da Luz Vermelha  (The Red Light Bandit), 92:00 min, 16 mm, 1968, English Subtitles, Directed by Rogério Sganzerla
Based on police records of a famous bandit in São Paulo, the film tracks the rise of an enigmatic pillager of luxurious residences whom the tabloids have named for his technique of using a red flashlight to illuminate his female victim’s faces while talking to them before proceeding to rape and kill them. One of the key works of the Brazilian Cinema Marginal (Underground Cinema) movement, with its “aesthetics of garbage”, the late Sganzerla combines western, detective story, documentary, musical, comedy, science fiction and radical politics.