Demetrios Matheou

On screen, on stage, out and about

Demetrios Matheou

Faber Book of New South American Cinema


Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Neighbouring Sounds

WITH the customarily narrow perspective that informs much film distribution in the UK, we might be forgiven for assuming there is just one subject in Brazilian cinema: crime; in particular, the drug-related gang wars in the favelas. We certainly haven’t seen much to suggest otherwise, since City of God. Of course, with 100-odd movies released

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Coming down from the favelas

PRIZES at film festivals rarely have as much significance as the Golden Bear won in Berlin in 1998, by Walter Salles’s Central Station. The success of Salles’s bitter-sweet road movie wasn’t just a personal victory; it literally...

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Pablo Larraín

Often it takes a generation or two before a country can address its dark days on films; Hitler didn’t feature in a central role in a German film until Downfall, in 2004.  This timorousness was certainly the...