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BEL BORBA AQUI

DIRECTED BY BURT SUN AND ANDRÉ COSTANTINI

“The People’s Picasso.” For the past 35 years, Bel Borba has been transforming his hometown of Salvador, Brazil with an amazing array of works of public art. Using paint, sand, tiles, clay, metal, wood, and just about anything else he comes across, Bel Borba makes art that is a natural extension of his exuberant personality. He remakes an abandoned building by using its steel beams to fashion a façade of faces. An airplane makes a terrific surface on which to paint a plane-sized fish. Coke bottles are fashioned into a huge dog, and unadorned surfaces are canvases crying out for transformation. Set to the rhythms of Brazil, BEL BORBA AQUI introduces a one-man life-force who proves that his country is a lot more than favelas, soccer, and drugs.

As part of the Crossing the Line festival, Bel Borba will be creating a new ephemeral artwork each day in different locations around New York City over the course of a month (September 14-October 14), using only recycled and found materials found in the city’s streets. Click here for more information.

BRAZIL • 2012 • 95 MINS. • IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • ABRAMORAMA

REVIEWS

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“The ebullient artist is the subject of the new documentary… ‘In terms of productivity and energy, he is really a quite brilliant and facile artist, a Pied Piper who can get people to follow him,’ said Ricardo Barreto, for many years the executive director of the Urban Arts Institute at the Mass. College of Art and Design… Though focused on Mr. Borba, the film also meditates on the nature of the creative impulse, and has attracted the interest of artists of all sorts. The actress Debra Winger, who was so impressed by the film at an early screening that she signed on as an executive producer… called it ‘a wormhole into another world, one that we ought to know but don’t.’”
– Larry Rohter, The New York Times

“Not unlike an urban Andy Goldsworthy. Borba speaks with keen perspicacity about embracing Bahian folklore.”
– Sam Adams, Time Out New York

“Mesmerizing. Stunning cinematic beauty, vivacious music & excellent storytelling.”
– Voice of America

“Vibrant! Ceaselessly creating, as lively at rest as in motion, the artist dominates the docu, his self-explanatory narration filling out all audio spaces not already occupied by strains of Brazilian folk music as well as compositions created for the film, some by helmer Constantini himself.”
– Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“Art of the most joyously accessible, truly creative kind is featured in BEL BORA AQUI. (The artist) turned his entire town of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, into a living, breathing one-man show. The film is an exhilarating ride through Borba’s world, filled with color, yummy-looking food he naturally whips up himself, and throbbing, vibrant local music. Refulgent with a pure love of humanity, Bel Borba represents the exact opposite of the artistic spectrum form the traditional tortured persona of a Jackson Pollock.”
– David Noh, Film Journal International online

“Eloquently photographed by Andre Constantin with expressive use of tracking shots and dissolves, it’s a vibrant tribute to a prolific folk artist. In keeping with the art form that made his name in the northeastern Brazilian city, the movie is a visual and aural mosaic cemented by traditional Bahian music.”
– Graham Fuller, Artinfo.com

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