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Suzana Amaral, 88, in June (Brazilian director: "Hour of the Star," 1985)
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l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-28 20:59:06 UTC
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzana_Amaral

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...Amaral's first feature film and best known work, A Hora da Estrela (Hour of the Star) was released in 1985. Based on the novel of the same name by Clarice Lispector, the film focuses on the life of a troubled young protagonist, Macabéa (Marcélia Cartaxo), living in São Paulo. According to film critic Nissa Torrents, "the film upsets many stereotypes in its presentation of the female protagonist, who is neither beautiful nor middle-class. An anti-heroine, starved of affection and respect, she wanders through life looking for an image she can adopt and adapt." The film was well received at its release and was a Submission to the 59th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Additionally, it was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, where actress Marcélia Cartaxo won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. At the 1985 Brasilia Film Festival the film won best picture and Amaral won best director. Additionally, the film also won best picture at the 1986 Havana Film Festival. Amaral was chosen as best director at the 1986 International Woman's Film Festival. A Hora da Estrela was shot in four weeks on a budget of $150,000, 70% of which was funded by Embrafilme. The success of A Hora da Estrela led Amaral to immediate notoriety, though none of her other films have achieved such success...
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-28 21:00:41 UTC
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https://www.cinematropical.com/cinema-tropical/brazilian-director-suzana-amaral-diest-at-88

Brazilian director and screenwriter Suzana Amaral died yesterday at the age of 88 in São Paulo of pulmonary complications. With a small yet powerful filmography of three feature films, she was best known for her 1985 debut feature Hour of the Star / A Hora da Estrela based on the novel of the same name by Clarice Lispector, and which participated in the official competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

Born March 28, 1932 in São Paulo, she studied filmmaking at the University of São Paulo and, after graduating, combined teaching with a job at Radio and Television Cultura, where she produced over fifty documentaries. Her debut short film was His Majesty Piolim / Sua Majestade Piolim, about the famous clown and his connections with popular theater, followed by Semana de 22, an overview of São Paulo’s foundational 1922 Modern Art Week. In 1976, Amaral moved to New York to studied film at New York University, graduating in 1978.

Amaral's assured first feature film, Hour of the Star, was the winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress for her protagonist Marcélia Cartaxo, and was also Brazil’s candidate to the Academy Awards. The film is a character study of Macabea, an unattractive, naive, and impoverished young woman from the countryside who arrives in the city to find work. Taking up a position as a typist in a grimy warehouse and rooming with a group of streetwise women, Macabea is ill-equipped to cope with big city life. Nevertheless, a romance with a young man stirs her.

The other two films she directed were the 2001 drama A Hidden Life / Uma Vida em Segredo, and the 2009 road movie Hotel Atlântico. Winner of the Best Film Award at the Huelva Film Festival and based on the novel by Autran Dourado, A Hidden Life follows a young girl who was born and raised on an isolated farm and is brought to a small town to live with her cousins, her only relatives. Once in town, she encounters great difficulty adapting to the more urban lifestyle.

Based on the novel by João Gilberto Noll and winner of the Best Film at Lima’s Latin American Film Festival, Hotel Atlântico tells the story of a solitary man as he sets off on a journey to the south of Brazil. The strange characters and absurd situations he encounters along the way present an extraordinary portrait of human relations.
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-28 21:06:28 UTC
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https://hollywoodtheatre.org/clarice-lispector-suzana-amaral-and-hour-star/
(about the novel The Hour of the Star, published in 1977 and translated in 1992)

https://pstlala.oscars.org/interview/suzana-amaral/
(interview from 2016, in Portuguese with subtitles)
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-28 21:13:04 UTC
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https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0024013/
(filmography)

Of course, there are plenty of obits in Portuguese.



Lenona.
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-28 21:22:48 UTC
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https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/hour-of-the-star-1987
(Roger Ebert's review)

https://lisathatcher.com/2017/06/28/the-hour-of-the-star-clarice-lispector-speaks-on-life-death-and-the-question-who-am-i/
(more on the book)
l***@yahoo.com
2020-07-29 03:17:02 UTC
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And, regarding the book's author:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Lispector

Her 100th anniversary will be this December. (She died in 1977.)

And:

“I’m really obsessed by this writer from Brazil, Clarice Lispector. I love her because she writes whole novels where not one thing happens―she describes the air. I think she’s such a great, great novelist.”
- John Waters

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