Venice Doc ‘Humberto Mauro’ Screens on 80th Anniversary of Director’s Historic Visit

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2018 marks 80 years since Humberto Mauro, arguably Brazil’s and one of Latin America’s earliest great filmmakers, was the first Brazilian filmmaker to attend an international film festival. It’s poetic then that his grandnephew, André Di Mauro, is back at that very same festival with a documentary pieced together from the elder’s complete body of work, and interviews the filmmaker had recorded with his son in the ‘60s.

Titled simply, “Humberto Mauro,” the documentary is a trip back in time to the rural countryside of Brazil, and the fledgling stages of that country’s cinematic industry. There is no narration per se, but archived interviews from the director address his career as a filmmaker, living and working in rural Brazil, and candidly speak to and about his family, past and present.

The film was produced by Di Mauro Filmes and co-produced by Canal Brazil, with backing from Energisa
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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Iffr Tiger directors: Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans on 'Aráby'

Iffr Tiger directors: Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans on 'Aráby'
Film focuses in on the life of a marginalised worker in contemporary Brazil.

Aráby is the brainchild of Brazailian writer-directors Affonso Uchoa and Joao Dumans. It’s the first directing project for Dumans and the second for Uchoa, who helmed 2016 effort The Hidden Tiger.

The story is set in an old aluminium factory in Ouro Preto, and revolves around a young man who finds the diary of a worker who died in an accident and visualises what he reads. We spoke to the directors ahead of the film’s screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

What was your inspiration for making Araby?

Uchoa and Dumans: Since the beginning, we wanted to say something about our own reality, about the lives and the stories of the young people and workers from our country. But we wanted to do it in a literary way. We wanted to tell these stories as an epic narrative… or maybe as
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