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Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012

IU Cinema to host 'Cinema Maldito: On the Margins of Brazilian Cinema' film series

Feb. 16, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- IU Cinema will delve into Brazil's rich history of creativity outside the mainstream when it hosts the "Cinema Maldito: On the Margins of Brazilian Cinema" film series Feb. 23 and 24.

The three films selected for the series represent a variety of styles and approaches, including low-budget horror with "This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse" (7 p.m. Feb. 23) and an incisive critique of the Brazilian '60s with "Romance" (9:30 p.m. Feb. 24). The series also includes Rogerio Sganzerla's "Red Light Bandit" (6:30 p.m. Feb. 24), the film that more than any other launched what became known as the Brazilian underground or "cinema marginal."

All screening materials for the films came directly from the filmmakers or from Brazilian archives, so audience members are encouraged to take advantage of the rare opportunity to see these films in the U.S.

The "Cinema Maldito" series was programmed by Richard Peña who, for the past 25 years, has served as program director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and director of the prestigious New York Film Festival. He will speak at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at IU Cinema as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series, made possible through the support of the Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation.

"Richard Peña is a fixture in the exhibition of international cinema in New York City. You cannot open an issue of the magazine 'Film Comment' without seeing a picture of Richard with some international superstar from the film world," IU Cinema director Jon Vickers said. "Though not a filmmaker himself, he is considered one of the best programmers in the nation and is a perfect guest for the Jorgensen lecture series.

"IU Cinema is striving to become recognized as one of the premier programs in the country; as such, the Film Society at Lincoln Center is a benchmark for the IU Cinema. Hearing from its 25-year director will certainly prove insightful as we continue to shape our program."

The "Cinema Maldito" film series is free, but ticketed. Tickets can be obtained at the IU Auditorium Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 30 minutes before each screening at IU Cinema. Peña's lecture is free and open to the public, and requires no ticket.

The film series and Peña's visit are sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Black Film Center/Archive, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and IU Cinema.

Indiana University Cinema is a world-class facility and program dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms. For more information on the facility or programs, call 812-856-2503 or visit