Script: Mika Kaurismäki, Marco Forster
Photography: Jacques Cheuiche
Music: Marcelo Goncalves (hudební Režie)
Actors, social actors: Marcelo Goncalves, Zé Paulo Becker, Ronaldo Souza, Elza Soares
Color: Colour

Mika Kaurismäki, who in recent years has been living in Brazil, is the older brother of Aki Kaurismäki, about whom he says: “He’s more creative, while I feel myself to be mainly a film director and documentary filmmaker. And unlike him I move with the camera.” He has already set out across Brazil, the largest country in South America, in his film Moro No Brasil (2002), which was a personal declaration of love by the Finnish owner of a music club in Rio de Janeiro for the manifold and multicultural rhythms of Brazilian music. During the 4000–km journey through the Brazilian landscape, the director encounters musicians, singers, and dancers who represent a diversity of styles and for who music is an integral part of their everyday lives while equally also a spontaneous medium for expressing their emotions. “The majority of foreigners know only bossa nova or samba, but there is much more in Brazil to discover – maracatú, frevo, coco, forró, embolada and other styles”, says Mika Kaurismäki, and in his new film Brasileirinho he presents viewers with the history and the remarkable vitality of one of the most original Brazilian musical styles – choro. Choro emerged a hundred and thirty years ago as the first genuinely Brazilian instrumental music, and in time it evolved into a fascinating form of modern tropical music, which contains some elements of European music and Afro rhythms. Until the 1920s choro was the most prominent musical style of Brazil, and it gradually gave rise to samba a bossa nova. After years in the sidelines choro is again beginning to take centre stage.

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Marianna Films Oy / Finland /
Festival edition: 2005
Sections: Living Square
Exhibition format: 35 mm


The author of the official spot is renowned director Jean-Luc Godard