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Casa Grande Q&As Set at Cinema Village (2015)

UPDATED: Cinema Slate is proud to announce the Q&A schedule for the opening weekend of Fellipe Barbosa’s Casa Grande at Cinema Village, in New York, NY.

Starting Friday, November 13, 2015, screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias (Madame Satã, Love is Strange) will moderate a Q&A session with writer/director Fellipe Barbosa and writer/editor Karen Sztajnberg at the end of the 6:55pm show at Cinema Village.

On the following day, Saturday, November 14, Mr. Barbosa and Ms. Sztajnberg are back at Cinema Village for a conversation with Mr. Richard Peña, Director Emeritus at the New York Film Festival and Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University. Mr. Peña will moderate a Q&A session at the end of the 4:50pm showtime and introduce the 6:55pm showtime, together with the filmmakers. 

About Casa Grande:
Coming-of-age as rude awakening: one high school senior’s dawning sexuality is shadowed by the discovery of his upper-class white family’s looming financial ruin. Polished and penetrating, Casa Grande renders a sharp social canvas of contemporary Brazil through the eyes of young Jean (Thales Cavalcanti), who struggles with newfound knowledge of his racial and class privilege as he sweetly courts a mixed-race girl from a lower-ranked school than his, and sows his oats with the family’s nubile cinnamon-skinned maid.

Jean’s parents, meanwhile, clutch at straws merely to survive. His father (Brazilian screen staple Marcello Novaes), a failed hedge-fund baron, tries vainly to conceal the true extent of the damage, as his formerly sheltered wife resorts to peddling cosmetics.

An international audience favorite, Casa Grande has stirred lively, searching discussion among Brazilians of the often repressed realities of stubborn racial bias and stark income inequality.


“This isn’t the first Latin American drama to follow a rich family on a downward spiral, but the eloquent visuals, strong central performance, and empathetic humor push it to the forefront.”
– Nicola Rapold, Film Comment

“Outstanding … Very personal and assured.  Barbosa is definitely a director to watch.”
– Fernando Toste, Twitchfilm

Cinema Village showtimes (11/3 through 11/19):
12:30pm; 2:40pm; 4:50pm; 6:55pm; 9:10pm


Richard Peña

richard_penaRichard Peña was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 until 2012. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami, King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldon, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fu Mei, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema.

He is a Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema, and in 2015-2016 he is a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard University. He is also currently the co-host of WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.

Mauricio Zacharias

Mauricio Zacharias

Mauricio Zacharias was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, where he received the Warner Brothers’ scholarship. He has collaborated with several Brazilian directors, such as Karim Ainouz on Madame Satã and Love for Sale (O Céu de Suely); Paulo Machline on Trinta, about carnaval legend Joãozinho Trinta, and Andrucha Waddington, on the segment Dona Fulana in Rio I Love You, with Fernanda Montenegro.

In the US, he has written with Ira Sachs Keep The Lights On and Love Is Strange, both nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards as best film and best screenplay of the year. They are now working on Thank You For Being Honest, the third in their trilogy about love and friendship in NYC.

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