The Way He Looks (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho)
Dir. Daniel Ribeiro. 2014, 96 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP courtesy of Strand Releasing. With Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, and Tess Amorim. A hit on the international film festival circuit, and Brazil’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Daniel Ribeiro’s coming of age tale is a tender and fun story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who is fed up with his overprotective mother and bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo. “Sweet and beautifully observed.” (The Hollywood Reporter).
This is a preview event, preceding the launch of a new ongoing series O Brazil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema, which starts on Saturday, November 22. This screening and the O Brazil series are presented in collaboration with Cinema Tropical. Major support provided by Ford Foundation with additional support from Con Edison.
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