The film, while well-made on a technical level, feels more like a collection of moments than a full and satisfying narrative.
A writer, filmmaker and a film critic since 1994, Pablo Villaça wrote for many Brazilian movie magazines. In 2002, he became the first Latin-American critic to be part of the Online Film Critics Society, being elected its first non-English speaking Governing Committee member in 2011. In 2001, he won a theater award for adapting an old children's fairytale for the stage and in 2005 he published his first book, "O Cinema Além das Montanhas". He is also currently the film critic of Cinema em Cena (www.cinemaemcena.com.br), the oldest Brazilian movie website (which he created back in 1997) and also teaches Film Theory, Language and Criticism in courses all over Brazil, teaching more than 1,500 students since 2009. In 2007, he was the only non-US film critic to be invited by the Museum of the Moving Image and The New York Times to participate on a week-long seminar on Film Criticism. In 2008, he directed his first short film, "Ethics" and in 2011, he wrote and directed his second short film, "Blind Death."
One of our Far Flung Correspondents talks about why the election of Jair Bolsonaro would be a disaster for Brazil.
FFC Pablo Villaça explores the themes at the heart of Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi film "Arrival."
Pablo Villaça reports on the sad status of Brazil's government and its possible effect on a phenomenal new film from director Kleber Mendonça Filho.
A defense of "The Hateful Eight" and a reading of the film as a commentary on the formation of the country.
A eulogy for a young boy killed by police in Rio de Janeiro.
Pablo Villaça chooses his favorite piece of Roger's writing.
An FFC offers a personal take on Petra Costa's "Elena," including a video with producer Fernando Mereilles.
A remembrance of documentary filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho.
Pablo Villaça offers his perspective on "The Great Beauty."
Pablo Villaça offers another perspective on "Prisoners."