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December 19–23, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

Casa Grande

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Film still: Casa Grande Film still: Casa Grande
Audience Award—Best Film
Rio de Janeiro
Intl Film Fest
"Fellipe Barbosa's strongly acted debut is a well-observed study of a wealthy Brazilian family's breakdown"
"Showcasing a fine, consistently believable and sympathetic central performance from big-screen newcomer Thales Cavalcanti as the conflicted Jean"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"This isn't the first Latin American drama to follow a rich family on a downward spiral, but the eloquent visuals, strong central performance, and empathetic humor push it to the forefront"
  —Film Comment
"A beautifully observed and acted story of class distinctions, race relations and family conflict, the film has the rare distinction of having started a national discussion in Brazil around issues of class privilege and racism"
  —Los Angeles Times

Set in the affluent suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, this wry and witty debut film delicately unravels issues of class and race in modern-day Brazil through the eyes of a 17-year-old boy. Growing up in the lap of luxury, Jean (Thales Cavalcanti) has grown accustomed to the private drivers and housekeepers his parents have provided. However, with girls and night clubs preoccupying his thoughts, Jean fails to realize that his father has nearly exhausted the family fortune. Now forced to take the bus to school, he sweetly courts Luiza (Bruna Amaya), a mixed-race girl from a lower-ranked school who opens his eyes to a different Rio. Casa Grande renders a sharp social canvas that deftly explores class differences, racism and stark income inequality in this superb drama.

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa, 2014, Brazil, 115 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles.


  • Sat., Dec. 19 at 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 20 at 2:15, 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Wed., Dec. 21–23 at 7:30 pm
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