Cecília Mello is Lecturer in Film Studies at the Department of Film, Radio and Television, University of São Paulo. Her research focuses on world cinema – with an emphasis on British and Chinese cinemas – and on issues of realism, cinema and urban spaces and intermediality. She has published several articles and book chapters, co-edited the books Realism and the Audiovisual Media (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The 21st Century Film, TV & Media School: Challenges, Clashes, Changes (Cilect, 2016) and edited the book Phantasmagorical Realism (University of São Paulo, 2015). Her forthcoming book, The Cinema of Jia Zhangke: Realism and Memory in Chinese Film will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2018.
“My aim in this talk will be to discuss two moments in Brazilian cinema history in order to provide an introductory idea about its main constituting elements and recurring trends. I will start with an introduction to the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement, which is in tune with the new wave movements across the world in the beginning of the 1960s. This leads to a brief account of the work of Brazil’s most important filmmaker to date, Glauber Rocha. I will then establish a parallel between the Cinema Novo and the period of renewal in Brazilian cinema from the 1990s onwards, which revisited a lot of the themes first addressed in the 1960s but through a new lens. ”
“The culture dialogue between China and Brazil” is a public education program series devised by Beijing Minsheng Art Museum and the Peking University Brazil Cultural Center. This project has its origins in the exhibition TROPOSPHERE—Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, and is planned to continue for a half year, inviting high level Brazilian guests and Chinese figures related to Brazil to engage in a series of activities relating to art, literature, film, cultural research ,international politics and social science from multiple perspectives and angles, and to hold lectures, cultural workshops, performances and film screenings aimed at presenting the history and present of Brazil to the public in an open and systematic way that places the value and uniqueness of the country in clear perspective. “The Culture dialogue between China and Brazil” is an extension and expansion of TROPOSPHERE—Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art, and a cultural platform for fostering understanding of Brazil among the Chinese public.