Tropicália

  • 87'
  • Brazil
  • 2012
Tropicália was a short-lived artistic movement that exploded out of Brazil in the late 1960s, with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil as its chief instigators, and Glauber Rocha as their counterpart in cinema. It was a reaction to the country’s turbulent socio-political history of the 1960s and 1970s. Like the Brazilian Modernists before them, the Tropicalistas believed in ingesting aspects of the European and American vanguard as well as traditional Afro-Brazilian and indigenous cultures, with the aim of creating a contemporary music that was uniquely hybrid.
The influence of the music, with its heretic use of elements ranging from 'imported' electric guitars of The Beatles to traditional pífanos (flutes) played by folk musicians, had in return a long lasting effect with contemporary musicians. Beck and David Byrne, Nelly Furtado and Sonic Youth are some of its most well-known acolytes.

Director
Marcelo Machado
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
87'
Medium
HDcam
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Paula Cosenza, Denise Gomes
Production Company
Bossa Nova Films
Sales
Wide House
Screenplay
Marcelo Machado, Di Moretti
Editor
Oswaldo Santana
Production Design
Ricardo Fernandes
Music
Alexandre Kassin
Website
http://widehouse.org/film/tropicalia/