25/03/2017 - 09:12

Belmont World Film presents two Brazilian movies in Belmont

Belmont World Film presents the New England premieres of two films in Portuguese—both directed by women—at the Studio Cinema in Belmont (376 Trapelo Road) as part of its 16th Annual International Film Series, “Transformation.”. Brazilian Director Anna Muylaert’s  Don’t Call Me Son, her follow up her award-winning The Second Mother, will screen on April 3, and Marília Rocha’s Where I Grow Old, a Brazilian-Portuguese co-production, will screen on Monday, April 17. Each film begins at 7:30 PM and is followed by a discussion. Both films are part of a series that features some of the world’s top films that depict changes in the status quo.

Winner of the Männer Reader Jury Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Don’t Call Me Son is a compassionate and witty observation of the turmoil of adolescence as well as the stress of family relations with a twist: after discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother, a sexually-fluid teenage boy is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions while trying to cope with becoming part of his biological family. Francie Mandel, LICSW, and Director of Mental Health Services at the GeMS (Gender Management Services) program at Children’s Hospital Boston, will lead a discussion after the film. The film is co-presented by the Consulate General of Brazil in Boston.

In Where I Grow Old, two female friends from Lisbon try to put down roots in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, but long for the familiarity of their native Lisbon even while the music of Caetano Veloso tries to seduce them to stay. Dr. José Rui Velez Caroço, Consul General of the Portuguese Consulate in Boston, will speak after the film about his experience living in Brazil. The screening is sponsored by the Boston Portuguese Festival and the Camoes Institute in Portugal.

“Half of this year’s films in the series are directed by women,” says Ellen Gitelman, Belmont World Film’s Executive Director. “In an industry lacking in female directors, this represents a huge transformation.”

Tickets are $11 general admission and $9 for students and seniors online at www.belmontworldfilm.org, and $12 and $10, respectively, at the door starting at 7:00 PM. The Belmont World Film “Passport” includes 8 admissions for $75 and can be shared with one other person.

Sponsors of  Belmont World Film’s 16th Annual  International Film Series include East Boston Savings Bank, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Boston, Camoes Institute, Boston Portuguese Festival, Consulate General of Portugal in Boston, Whole Foods Market, Consulate General of Brazil in Boston, and Cambridge Reprographics. For more information, visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.