2017, Sat, Jul 22

5 Vezes Chico – O Velho e sua Gente / 5 Times Chico – The São Francisco River and his People

D: Gustavo Spolidoro, Ana Rieper, Camilo Cavalcante, Eduardo Goldenstein, Eduardo Nunes, BRA 2015, 90 min, OV with English subtitles

5 Times Chico (film still) | © Heloísa Passo

5 Times Chico (film still) | © Heloísa Passo

Stories from “old Chico,” Brazil’s longest river

Departures and upheavals on the São Francisco River: “velho Chico” (“old Chico”), as it is also known, is Brazil’s longest river, extending from its source in Minas Gerais, through Bahia and Pernambuco, to flow into the Atlantic between Alagoas and Sergipe. Its banks are populated by fishermen who tell melancholy fables, women who explain love spells, and old men who would like to be crocodiles. The five directors’ very different perspectives on the river also tell of Brazil’s history, of the status quo, and of the country’s future.