If the pandemic of the new coronavirus had already stayed in the past, the Brazilian would probably be planning to spend the next four days skipping Carnival through the city streets. However, the quarantine is taking much longer than was possible to imagine. And, this year, the revelry must be quite different and keep distance from the agglomerations.
But even so, it is possible to get into the Carnival atmosphere without leaving home – as the health authorities recommend to prevent the proliferation of Covid-19. How about a marathon of films with plots that take place during Carnival? Or even features that bring a little history of the holiday?
If you want, you can even put some glitter on your face and wear that costume of past revelry to watch the stories! Check out five films to make the party safe in the living room:
Checkers of Samba (2013)
Since samba appeared in Rio de Janeiro, the female presence has been fundamental to its creation, maintenance and perpetuation until today. Muses, pastors, aunts, songwriters, dancers, godmothers, carnival women, mulattoes, performers and even workers, they form a panel of colors, feelings and sounds in the representation of this culture.
The film looks back on the trajectory of samba throughout history, with a focus on female participation in its construction and development. The production is available on Prime Video.
The biopic tells the story of the carnival filmmaker Joãosinho Trinta (Matheus Nachtergaele). The production traces the artist’s portrait from a cut in time. From the 1960s, when he moved from Maranhão to Rio de Janeiro in order to become a dancer at the Municipal Theater, until 1974, the year when he assumed the carnival post of Acadêmicos do Salgueiro.
From anonymity to consecration, the feature addresses Trinta’s friendship and break with the scenographer and carnivalist Fernando Pamplona (Paulo Tiefenthaler), the prejudice suffered within the family itself and the envy aroused in the shed. Also in the cast are Paolla Oliveira, Marco Ricca, Mariana Nunes, Fabricio Boliveira and Mihem Cortaz. Directed by Paulo Machline. The feature is available for rent on YouTube Movies, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies and Microsoft Store.
Carnival Orpheus (1959)
In the middle of Carnival, Orfeu (Breno Mello), tram driver and samba dancer from the hill, falls in love with Eurídice (Marpessa Dawn), a young woman from the countryside who moves to Rio de Janeiro fleeing from a stranger dressed as Death (Ademar da Silva ). The beautiful love of the good guys, however, arouses the ire of the heartthrob’s ex-fiancee, Mira (Lourdes de Oliveira). And Death follows everything closely.
The story is an adaptation of the play Orfeu da Conceição, by Vinícius de Moraes (1913-1980). Directed by Marcel Camus, the film won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1960, as a representative of France. This is the first Portuguese-speaking production to win the statuette. The feature is in the Prime Video catalog.
Ó Paí, Ó (2007)
In a lively tenement in the historic center of Pelourinho, in Salvador, everything is shared by the residents, especially the passion for Carnival and the dislike for the building’s manager, Dona Joana (Luciana Souza). Everyone tries to find a place in the last days of revelry, whether working or playing. Bothered by the residents’ partying, the executioner decides to punish them by cutting off the building’s water supply.
The lack of water causes residents to confront and show solidarity in the face of the problem. Among the tenants are aspiring singer Roque (Lázaro Ramos), taxi driver Reginaldo (Érico Brás), transvestite Yolanda (Lyu Arisson), buzios player Raimunda (Cássia Vale), homosexual bar owner Neuzão ( Tânia Tôko) and her sensual niece Rosa (Emanuelle Araújo); Carmen (Auristela Sá) and sister Psilene (Dira Paes), and Baiana (Rejane Maia), of whom everyone is a customer. The feature is on Globoplay.
Double Father (2021)
Vicenza (Maisa Silva), an 18-year-old girl who has spent her life in a hippie community, enjoys her mother’s trip and goes to Rio de Janeiro in search of her biological father. She arrives at Cidade Maravilhosa in the middle of the Carnival season and ends up getting involved in the organization of the Ameba Desnuda street block.
While planning the festivities with her new friends, the protagonist finds two possible candidates for father: Paco (Eduardo Moscovis) and Giovanne (Marcelo Médici). Vicenza then goes on to find the two men and tries to find out who their real parent is. The end of the feature brings the parade of the block through the streets of Rio de Janeiro with lots of confetti, fantasy and joy, like any good Carnival. The production is original from Netflix.