Blue Blood (Sangue Azul)



Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 13, 2015 8:00 PM
Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 15, 2015 2:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:119 min
Director:Lírio Ferreira
Producer:Renato Ciasca
Screenwriter:Lírio Ferreira
Felipe Barbosa
Sérgio Oliveira
Cinematographer:Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Editor:Mair Tavares
Cast:Daniel de Oliveira
Caroline Abras
Sandra Corveloni
Rômulo Braga
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Mythological themes are mined from petty human dramas when the circus travels to a volcanic archipelago two hundred miles off Brazil’s northeast coast. Exiled as a child by his mother, the Cannon Man returns home to find the years have not diminished the taboo attraction between him and his sister. Natural oppositesthe brother is shot into the air in nightly performances while the sister spends her days deep-sea divingtheir reunion completes a cycle of fate. Director Lírio Ferreira hails from Pernambuco, the Brazilian state currently incubating a spare, compelling regional cinema, but his inspiration seems to come from elsewhere, borrowing the make-believe aesthetics of Fellini and the soap-operatic intensity of Cacá Diegues. Conscious of its theatricality, the film employs disorienting camera angles, direct address, and stock characters (including a ghost rider and a blind seer played by Cinema Novo’s Paulo César Peréio and Ruy Guerra) to ensure the fulfillment of preordained destinies.

Co-presented by Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Additional Information

Lirio Ferreira co-directed, with Paulo Caldas, the feature film Baile Perfumado (1996), which was awarded best film at the Festival of Brasília. Árido Movie (2005), his second feature film, screened at several festivals including Venice, Rio, Miami, Karlovy Vary, Paris, New York, and CINE PE, where it won six awards, including best picture and director. In 2007, he launched the biopic Cartola, co-directed by Hilton Lacerda, on the homonymous Rio samba legend, which became the highest grossing documentary of the year in Brazil. The Man Who Bottled Clouds (2009) had its international premiere at the NY MoMA, was selected for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and won the award for Best Documentary of the Year by the Brazilian Film Academy.