44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

O despertar da bestaMG-2012 
Awakening of the Beast

Working primarily in horror, José Mojica Marins broke away from earnestly macabre films like At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul (1964) - while still retaining his flair for haunted house theatrics - to make this tongue-in-cheek portrait of the hippie counter-culture of the 1960s.

Originally titled Sadists’ Ritual and marketed as a ghastly haunted house film, Awakening of the Beast was directed by Brazil’s horror maestro José Mojica Marins and promised a scream-filled romp much like the filmmaker’s earlier This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse (1967); however, this film ended up going far beyond its genre parameters and has become one of the key political films of Brazil’s era of military repression.
A tongue-in-cheek commentary on 1960s counterculture, the plot begins in pseudo-documentary style with a series of experts on TV - played by notable Boca do Lixo figures like Carlos Reichenbach and Jairo Ferreira - debating the possible link between the use of psychedelic drugs and violent and sexually deviant behavior.
An experiment involving four volunteers, LSD and Marins’ on-screen alter ego Coffin Joe ensues, playfully debunking the drug-related hysteria that dominated the mainstream discourse of the time. Censors did not take the film lightly; it was banned for 14 years.

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Brazil 1970
DirectorJosé Mojica Marins
ProducerGiorgio Attili
 José Mojica Marins
 George Michel Serkeis
 Fotocena Filmes
 Ovni Indústria Cinematográfica
ScenarioRubens F. Lucchetti, José Mojica Marins
CastMaurice Capovilla
 João Callegaro
 Carlos Reichenbach
 Jairo Ferreira
 Walter C. Portella
PhotographyGiorgio Attili
EditorLuiz Elias
Length93'
Film format35mm
Themes
2012 Signals: The Mouth of Garbage



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