Almost twenty years after directing a definitive adaptation of ‘Barren Lives’, one of the major landmarks of Cinema Novo, Nelson Pereira returns to the work of Graciliano Ramos. By narrating the writer’s autobiographical story during the 1930s under the Vargas Government, Nelson finds clear parallels with Brazil’s situation as the country is about to transition past the military regime. Given Brazil’s tendency to revive authoritarian periods, the works of Graciliano and Nelson, sadly, continue to be pressing.
Nelson Pereira dos Santos From his debut in 1955, with the classic ‘Rio 40 Graus’, a pivotal film for Cinema Novo, until his death in 2018, Nelson Pereira directed twenty feature films that tell their own history of Brazilian cinema. A humanist first and foremost, Nelson was also a teacher, producer, and restless thinker, having influenced the career of dozens of filmmakers.