DMovies - Your platform for thought-provoking cinema

‘Rat Fever’ at the Brazilian Embassy

The heat got to everyone's head this Tuesday at the Brazilian Embassy in London, as Dirty Movies screened one of the hottest Brazilian movies of the present, followed by a sweltering debate with Jean Wyllys, Brian Robinson and Lucia Nagib, with a scorching temperature outside

Rat fever is an expression from the Northeast of Brazil meaning ‘losing control’ or ‘going insane’. This is often triggered by extreme heat, and people soon start behaving erratically, shedding their fears and inhibitions. This is the case with Cláudio Assis 2011 films Rat Fever, where a community of artists in the Brazilian city of Recife disregard most social conventions and live freely, in an intoxicating mixture of poetry and sexual experimentation. Click here in order to read our 5-splat review of the movie.

The British capital also experienced rat fever this Tuesday, as DMovies screened Cláudio Assis’s movie to an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 100 cinema lovers, who braved the very intense summer heat wave outside to come the Brazilian Embassy in Trafalgar Square. The weather reached 31C, making it the hottest day on record in London this year.

The debate about artistic and sexual freedom that followed the film was equally heated. Brazilian congressman and LGBT activist Jean Wyllys shared his views about personal freedoms in Brazil and the impact of sudden political shift to the right on Brazilian cinema and arts. The programmer at BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival Brian Robinson discussed his experience with LGBT films from the tropics, and the perceived sexuality of Brazilians. Professor of Film Studies at the University of Reading Lucia Nagib inserted Rat Fever in a much broader political and cultural context.

Very special guests were in the audience, including the Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Academic, Cultural & Political Affairs Ana Maria de Souza Bierrenbach, Cultural Attaché Hayle Gadelha and the prominent Australian-born British LGBT activist Peter Tatchell. These are all pictured below.

.

.

The debate was moderated by Victor Fraga, director at DMovies. A full video of the event will be made available online on our website, Facebook and YouTube in the next few days. So stay tuned!

DMovies would like to take the opportunity to thank the Brazilian Embassy – in particular Hayle Gadelha and Fernanda Franco – for the continuing support and commitment to groundbreaking Brazilian cinema.


By Dirty Movies team - 21-07-2016

DMovies Poll

Are the Oscars dirty enough for DMovies?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Most Read

Forget Friday the 13th, Paranormal Activity and the [Read More...]
Just a few years back, finding a film [Read More...]
A lot of British people would rather forget [Read More...]
A small family of four lives in a [Read More...]
Another year has gone by, and DMovies is [Read More...]
Pigs might fly. And so Brexit might happen. [Read More...]

Read More

Anais in Love (Les Amours d’Anaïs)

Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet
2022

Eoghan Lyng - 17-08-2022

Charming French indie film directed with tenderness by a female director centres on a companionship enjoyed between two unlikely partners - in cinemas on Friday, August 19th [Read More...]

Men of Deeds (Oameni de Treaba)

Paul Neghoescu
2022

John Bleasdale - 15-08-2022

Sarajevo Film Festival premieres Romanian black comedy about a about village policemen just wants a quiet life and an orchard he can call his own [Read More...]

Fire of Love

Sara Dosa
2022

John Bleasdale - 15-08-2022

National Geographic documentary tracks the love affair between Katia and Maurice Krafft and a whole slew of erupting volcanoes - from the Sarajevo Film Festival [Read More...]

Facebook Comment

Website Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *