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Portuguese Films

Films are listed alphabetically by the first word of the film's English title, but the Portuguese title is also listed. If you cannot find what you are looking for, ask an LTC employee for assistance. You can search for more information about a particular film using a very helpful and resource, the Internet Movie Database. (Clicking will open it in a new window). Films are subtitled in English unless otherwise noted. To recommend a Portuguese film that is not yet in the LTC collection, send an email to Viktor Berberi, LTC Director: 

Title: Bus 174
Director: José Padilha
Starring: Anonymous, Maria Aparecida, Captain Batista, Luanna Belmon
Year: 2003
Run Time: 150 minute
Acclaim/Award: Won Amnesty Award, 2003
Summary: Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12th 2000, when bus 174 was taken by an armed young man, threatening to shoot all the passengers. Transmitted live on all Brazilian TV networks, this shocking and tragic-ending event became one of violence's most shocking portraits, and one of the scariest examples of police incompetence and abuse in recent years.
Format: DVD
Title: Central Station Portuguese: Central do Brasil
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Fernanda Montenegro
Year: 1998
Run Time: 113 minutes
Summary: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who write letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, in search for the father he never knew.
Format: DVD
Title: O Herói
Director: Zézé Gamboa
Starring: Makena Diop, Milton 'Santo' Coelho, Maria Ceiça, Patríca Bull, Neuza Borges
Year: 2005
Run Time: 97 minute
Summary: When he was 15, Vitório was recruited by Angolan army, where he would stay for two decades fighting. In his last mission, he was hit by a mine and lost a leg. After a long time waiting, he finally manages to secure a prothesis. With no job and unable to find his family, he faces indifference and mockery. One night, while sleeping on the street, somebody steals his prothesis. But he finds support on three people: the prostitute Judith, the boy Manu and Joana, Manu's teacher.
Format: DVD
Title: Me, You, Them Portuguese: Eu, Tu, Eles
Director: Andrucha Waddington
Starring: Regina Casé, Lima Duarte, Stênio Carcia and Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos
Year: 2000
Run Time: 107 minutes
Acclaim/Award: Best Picture, Best Actress from Cinema Brazil, Official Selection from the Sundance Film Festival, Un Certain Regard from the Cannes Film Festival
Summary: A woman longs for love, family and passion. She uproots herself from her small town to find the man who can fulfill her desires. Three years later and single she returns to her hometown and accepts a modest marriage proposal from her humble neighbor.
Format: DVD
Title: Orfeu
Director: Carlos Diegues
Starring: Toni Garrido, Patrícia França, Murilo Benício, Zézé Motta, Milton Gonçalves
Year: 1999
Run Time: 110 minute
Summary: In a dangerous but human Rio de Janiro's slum, rises the love affair between Orfeu, a famous composer, and Eurídice, a simple but pretty brunette, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival. A kind of Brazilian Romeo and Juliet, full of samba.
Format: DVD
Title: Pixote
Director: Hector Babenco
Starring: Marilia Pera, Jorge Juliao, Gilberto Moura and Jose Nilson
Year: 1981
Run Time: 127 minutes
Acclaim/Award: Given four stars from the Chicago Sun-Times
Summary: A homeless child is hauled off to a crowded detention center where he witnesses rape and violence. He escapes from the reform school and he and his friends hit the streets alone.
Format: DVD
Title: Xica
Director: Carlos Diegues
Starring: Zezé Motta, Walmor Chagas, Altair Lima
Year: 1976
Run Time: 107 minutes
Summary: The romanced story of Xica da Silva, a slave that used her "feminine atributes" in order to get power.
Format: VHS