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A Wolf at the Door: The real Brazil?

A new thriller looks beyond the favelas and beaches to give a more complex portrayal of the World Cup host nation. Tom Brook reports.

“You have so many stereotypes with Brazilian culture, but you also have so many stories, good stories,” says the artistic director of the Havana Film Festival New York.  “I think this is one of those that tells you [about] the complexity of the society.” Diana Vargas is describing a new movie that brings audiences a vision of the World Cup host nation not often seen in the country’s cinema.

A Wolf at the Door is a thriller about a woman who kidnaps the daughter of her married ex-lover: set in the suburbs of Rio, away from the spectacular beaches or crime-ridden favelas commonly depicted in films, it steers clear of hackneyed representations of Brazil.

According to the movie’s director Fernando Coimbra: “Now we have new problems, and we want to talk about life, want to talk about love, want to talk about, you know, other things that are not just the poverty, the misery, the violence, and I think it’s represented that things are changing in Brazil.”

Tom Brook talks to him about ‘the wolf at the door’, and looks at the new generation of Brazillian films that reflect the rise of a new economic power.

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