Macuna?¡ma Screens at L.A.'s Historic Million Dollar Theate

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Conservancy present a Brazilian film classic

By Veronica Jacuinde
Published on LatinoLA: May 11, 2009

Macuna?¡ma Screens at L.A.'s Historic Million Dollar Theate

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles in collaboration with the Los Angeles Conservancy, as part of their 23rd annual "Last Remaining Seats" 2009 Series, proudly announces the screening of the award winning 1969 Brazilian film, Macuna?¡ma. A landmark film with as much relevance and critical acclaim today as it had then for it's comedic, yet harsh portrayal of a Brazil in turmoil, Macuna?¡ma continues to be an important classic work, screened throughout the world at many prestigious film festivals. This year the film brings a Latino element to the popular LA Conservancy film series with a special screening at the beautifully restored Million Dollar Theater located in the heart of downtown LA.

The evening will be hosted by Sergio Mielniczenko, Brazilian cultural guru and host/producer of KPFK's Brazilian Hour' and 'Global Village' radio shows. DJ Mochilla will set the mood before the screening with a fusion of samba, bossa nova, folk-psyck and batucada, forging a musical and cinematic link between the rich cultures of Los Angeles and Brazil while celebrating the best in Latin American cinema.

Co-presented by the Latin American Cinemeteca of Los Angeles (LACLA), the event will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the legendary Million Dollar Theater located at 307 S. Broadway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90013. "We are thrilled to collaborate once again with the LA Conservancy to present such an important film at an equally significant historical theater," say's LACLA board member. Michael Diaz. He continues, "We are even more excited to introduce Macuna?¡ma to a new audience of film lovers while raising awareness around the critical work both the LA Conservancy and LACLA carry out promoting and preserving cinematic landmarks and works of art." Despite a capacity of 1400 at the Million Dollar Theater, the night will sell out fast so make sure to buy your tickets now at: www.laconservancy.org.

Macuna?¡ma is a monumental film, considered a cornerstone work in the Nuovo Cinema movement for it's introspective look at Brazil's cultural and racial heterogeneity, shedding light on the radically social-economic differences found between Brazil's three major races - white, mulatto and black. Based on one of the founding texts of Brazilian modernism, a 1928 Mario De Andrade novel by the same name, Macuna?¡ma was adapted and brought to the big screen in 1969 by famed director Joaquin Pedro De Andrade.

An exciting and hilarious film with elements of magical realism, Macuna?¡ma's opening scene begins with an aged white masculine women (played by Paulo Jos?® who later plays the white version of Macuna?¡ma) gives birth in squatting position to a full grown black male baby (played by Brazil's great black comic, Grande Otelo). What follows is a series of comedic adventures for the protagonist from finding a pond that magically turns him from black to white to his marriage to Ci, a solo guerilla fighting the Brazilian oppressive regime. Although a comedy reminiscent of Monty Python fused with elements of Fellini, Macuna?¡ma is a deeply political film reflecting a dynamic country caught between a harsh military dictatorship (then in full swing) and the anarchic energy of its people. Common to both the novel and the film is the portrayal of a Brazil in continuous re-definition, jumping from fantasy to a modern industrialized land where race, gender, and even one's humanity can all be negotiated.

Don't miss an opportunity to experience a true Brazilian classic film inside an equally regal theater with great sponsors for the evening including The Walt Disney Company, the Consulate General of Brazil, Soul Brasil Magazine, and the Latino Professional Nework (LPN). The evening promises to be a festive celebration bringing together an eclectic mix of cinema and art aficionados and members of the culturally rich Brazilian community of Los Angeles, not too mention members, including new ones, of two great organizations - the Latin American Cinemeteca of Los Angeles and the LA Conservancy. Join the fun and buy your tickets online today!

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is a cultural/educational organization dedicated to supporting and cultivating every aspect of Latin-American cinema.
For more information please visit www.lacla.org

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works to preserve and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. For more information please visit www.laconservancy.org.

About Veronica Jacuinde:
Veronica Jacuinde is the founder of La Luz Public Relations and promoter of all things LATINO.
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