Film - Feature | March 15 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Often hailed as the first masterpiece of Brazils Cinema Novo movement, Barren Lives chronicles the hardscrabble day-to-day existence of a family of migrants in the countrys unforgivingly bleak northeastern sertão. Barren and dusty, the land gives them nothing but despair; the landowners who rule them provide only the whip. Taking the aesthetics of Italian neorealism and pointedly baking them in the sun, dos Santos created a cinema of hunger (as Glauber Rocha termed it) seemingly drawn from the austerity of the landscape itself. Based on Graciliano Ramoss acclaimed novel (the Brazilian Grapes of Wrath), Barren Lives announced dos Santosand the Brazilian northeastto the world.