Three years after the 1964 civil-military coup, Arnaldo Jabor sets out to measure the pulse of the social stratum that served as the major popular guarantor behind that movement: the urban middle class. In his debut feature film, the filmmaker employs the resources of direct cinema to confront a reality that would open paths both for Cinema Novo as well as his own future work in fiction films. Seen from today, more than 50 years later, the characters portrayed continue to reveal frighteningly familiar traits about Brazil. (E. V.)
Born in São Paulo, Jabor (1940-2022) belonged to the more urban strand of Cinema Novo, whose eight feature films delved deep into the conscience of Brazil’s middle class. Although his films have been awarded at important festivals such as Cannes and Berlin, from the 1990s he devoted himself almost entirely to political and journalistic commentary, having made only one film in the past 30 years. On his death, he left an unreleased feature film ready, yet to be released.