MUBI Podcast: Episode 3 - Brazil Dances the (Metaphorical) Samba with “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands”

The MUBI Podcast returns with the Brazilian classic that turned Sonia Braga from national star to national deity.
In the midst of a military dictatorship, a Brazilian filmmaker barely out of his teens brought a beloved magical realist story about food, sex and happy compromises to the screen, and it nearly blew Jaws out of Brazil’s box office waters. Episode 3 of the MUBI Podcast looks at the 1976 dark comedy Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, featuring interviews with the film’s director Bruno Barreto and Kleber Mendonça Filho, co-director of the Cannes-winning Bacarau, amongst others.
The first season of the MUBI Podcast, titled “Lost in Translation,” spotlights movies that were massive cultural phenomena in their home countries, but nowhere else. We explore why these films fascinated so many people in one place, at one time. With episodes spanning nearly every continent, tune in weekly to discover unique film stories from around the globe.
Listen to episode 3 below or wherever you get your podcasts: 
Each episode, we publish a complementary piece in a new series called “MUBI Podcast Expanded.” This week, you can check out host Rico Gagliano’s extended interview with director Bruno Barreto, where he discusses his love for John Ford, Pietro Germi and Francois Truffaut and shares more behind-the-scenes details about the making of Dona Flor. Read the article here.


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