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Brazilian cinema has over the last decade reached a special place in our hearts with films such as City of God and Central Station, mainly for its proximity to the Brazilian people's struggle with poverty and internationally portraying the image of violence and crime that is still a scary reality in such a beautiful country.

Being a well known advocate of Brazilian cinema, The Barbican will soon be opening its doors to world cinema lovers with "Cinema of Brazil: Urban Tales". It is set to portray more quality flicks from the South American giant, showing a series of 11 contemporary Brazilian features and documentaries exploring urban life.

Our picks:

My Name Ain't Johnny (Meu Nome Não é Johnny) – Winner of 6 Oscarito Trophies at the Brazilian National Film Awards. An adaptation of the life of the drug-trafficking king of Rio de Janeiro João Guilherme Estrella which portrays his rise and fall and illustrating both the excess of his decadent years and, following his arrest in 1995, his rehabilitation and self-reflection. - 26 September 09 / 16:00 / Cinema 3

If Nothing Else Works Out (Se Nada Mais Der Certo) is a look at a group of friends living life on the edge in frenetic São Paulo who decide to plan a heist. It was awarded Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actress prizes at the Rio International Film Festival. - 3 October 09 / 15:30 / Cinema 3

Basic Sanitation (Saneamento Básico) Q&A with director Jorge Furtado
With superlative acting this is an uplifting comedy by the celebrated Brazilian director Jorge Furtado touching social activism and the power of communities. It all happens when a town decides to build a new sewer system without enough government funding and the tools they end up resorting to in order to make it happen. Feel good cinema from a naturally feel good nation.- 6 October 09 / 20:30 / Cinema 3

For more information on these and all the other films showcased in the festival please visit The Barbican's website.
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Why? Because Brazil is bursting with talent!
When: From 26th September to 8th October
Where: Barbican
Cost: £7.50 or £6 if you book 2 or more films
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