Rio Sonata Documentary, France/Brazil, 85 min., Chicago premiere Directed by Georges Gaschot
Nana Caymmi, Brazil's most storied singer, was daughter of composer Dorival Caymmi and wife of Gilberto Gil. After suffering a period of exile because of her marriage to the black Gil and her refusal to join the anti-dictatorship protest song movement, she re-emerged in the 1990s, her unforgettable voice winning legions of fans, and Georges Gaschot's "silky, soft-spoken love poem to both Caymmi and Rio" (Variety) depicts both the history and triumph of one of the greatest living singers. With: "XXIX" (experimental short film in which 29 singers harmonize in a mind-blowing manner, Canada, directed by Laurel MacDonald, 7 min.)
CCC Garland, 78 East Washington Street, Friday, April 15, 6pm, free
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78 East Washington
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