Starting out in the early 20th Century, Brazilian cinema has long been the national cinema of choice in South America, often over Hollywood. Brazilian films are characteristically confrontational and sometimes violent as they show the realistic plights of many of those living in slums and amongst gangs, while also celebrating the vibrant and colourful Brazilian culture. It is known for it’s ‘realism’ and unwillingness to shy away from the sometimes harsh truth, as it explores religious, economic and urban conflicts. Its largely independent nature sets it apart from traditional Hollywood cinema with some films, such as City of God (2002), even having gone on to be nominated for the Academy Awards among others and are still today praised as classics.
Check out CulturalPulse’s shortlist of the best Brazilian films over the past 70 years below.