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Brazil

Brazil
Director: Terry Gilliam
GB, US 1985142' en

Mistake? We don’t make mistakes,” can be viewed as a slogan of the government in a retro-futuristic world led by monstrous bureaucracy and busy with the fight against terrorism. Sam Loury, a low-level employee at the Ministry of Information, spends his days in a gloomy nightmare and nights – in vivid dreams where, at the tune of the uplifting samba melody 'Brazil', he is a winged warrior saving a damsel in distress. The woman of his dreams turns up in real life as an enemy of the state. In the name of love and justice, he should revolt against the system...

The director refers to this dystopian satire as the second of the film trilogy, including 'Time Bandits' (1981) and 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen' (1989). They share a related theme about the craziness of an awkwardly ordered society and the desire to escape it through whatever means possible. The work that reflects on the contemporary 'iron cage', a concept introduced by sociologist Max Weber, is named as one of the greatest British films of all time.

In the screening: Introduction by Viktors Freibergs



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