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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2017, João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa, Brazil, 97 min. With Aristides de Sousa, Renata Cabral.

Show Times

  • Fri, Aug 17th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 17th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 18th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Aug 19th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Aug 20th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 21st 6:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 22nd 8:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 23rd 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Instant classic...a cumulatively engrossing and ultimately very moving work of clear-eyed political intent." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Nothing short of extraordinary...In a little over an hour and a half, ARABY captures a whole world." - Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

"The road was my home," says Cristiano, the unassuming worker and wanderer whose status as the protagonist of this proletarian saga does not become clear until twenty minutes into the film. It is at that point that another character - a teenage boy trapped in a stifling Southeastern Brazil factory town - discovers Cristiano's journal. Scrawled into a spiral notebook, the document opens up a hardscrabble Arabian Nights treasure chest of tales within tales, campfire-lit songs, crime and punishment, jobs that come and go, love found and lost and found again, and hard-won political awakening. This critically acclaimed film evokes the Dardenne Brothers' working-class fables, Wim Wenders's bluesy road movies, and Agnès Varda's fragmented odyssey VAGABOND, but with an understated, evocatively universal power all its own. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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