Ever since we started our language classes at Idlewild, we have gotten requests to add Portuguese classes. We are excited to announce that for the first time, we will be offering Portuguese at both our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations starting in September. Sign up now!

To get you in the mood, here’s a selection of great films in Portuguese currently streaming on Kanopy, the public library’s free video streaming service. Vamos lá!

 

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)

Marcel Camus (1959, Brazil), Kanopy

This classic film won both the Palme d’Or at Cannes and an Academy Award. For many international viewers, it was an introduction to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, carnaval, and bossa nova music. If you haven’t seen it you are in for a treat! A re-telling of the myth of Orpheus’s descent into the underworld to reclaim his dead lover, Eurydice, set in the slums of Rio at carnival time. The beautiful soundtrack and gorgeous photography make the poor urban setting into an almost paradisiacal land of beauty.

 

Tabu

Miguel Gomes (2012, Portugal), Kanopy

This suspenseful drama uses artful flashbacks to reveal both a woman’s secrets in youth and Portugal’s colonial history in Africa. In the present day, an elderly woman in Lisbon is convinced by her deceased neighbor’s maid to journey to Africa, where a secret about the dead woman’s past is entwined with colonial history and present intrigue. Recommended for fans of Almodóvar!

 

Father’s Chair (A Busca)

Luciano Moura (2012, Brazil), Kanopy

This thriller tells the story of two fathers and two sons. Theo and his wife are wealthy, successful doctors who live a charmed life until their 15-year-old son goes missing. Theo sets out across Brazil to find him and encounters secrets about himself in his search.