The Portuguese Crown is concerned about the Diamantino District in the second half of the 18th century, not only because it has the country’s richest mines and is the center for ideas about rebellion, but also because of Xica da Silva. The former slave married João Fernandes, a representative of the Crown in Brazil who became rich exploiting the mines. He made her the Diamond Queen and honors her every wish, including those related to revenge for humiliation during her slave days. But the Portuguese king will send an emissary to the colony to put an end to Xica’s power. —Festival de Cannes
One of the founders of Cinema Novo —the movement that transformed film in Brazil and was a pivotal influence in the New Latin American Cinema—Carlos Diegues is probably the most historically minded of its adherents. Like the other directors of Cinema Novo , Diegues is concerned with making films which are “culturally Brazilian, and impregnated with national and Latin American problems”; and his entrance into the national reality was, as with many other members of this group, through documentary films that put him in direct contact with social problems. Diegues also shares the interest in popular culture that is characteristic of Cinema Novo , although he tends to emphasize the contribution of black culture, which “gave us originality. It’s the element that has completely modified Brazil, which otherwise would be a mere cultural colony of Portugal and Spain.”
Perhaps that which most differentiates Diegues from his Cinema Novo colleagues is his historical orientation. On the one… read more
De lo mejor de los 70 y, quiza, el ejemplo mas accesible (anecdoticamente hablando) del llamado Novo Cinema Brasileño. Inspirado en hechos reales, Diegues narra en tono de comedia la extraordinaria aventura de una ambiciosa y sensual mujer de raza negra enmedio de un notable esplendor visual conseguido por el director. El asunto tiene tanta fuerza, que a finales de los 90 mereciò un remake en versiòn telenovelera.