ESPASSO’s Carlos Junqueira and Paulo Lima, visionaire behind Brazilian lifestyle magazine Trip, joined forces once again to present a screening of epic film ‘Xingú’ directed by Cao Hamburger, at the Tribeca Cinemas this past Monday.
After the screening guests were taken by Pedicabs from the Tribeca Cinemas to ESPASSO for a cocktail and conversation between Cao Hamburger and fellow Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha (The Ice Age, Rio), which addressed international film-making, Xingú‘s environmental legacy and the anticipated impact of Brazil’s upcoming World Cup (2014) and Olympic Games (2016).
The event also brought light to the vanguard Trip Transformadores Awards, and its mission to celebrate extraordinary individuals that dare to think against the grain to socially transform the world around them and beyond.
From June 11th – 16th, São Paulo Fashion Week presented dynamic summer tendencies contrasting heavy patterning and bright colors to subdued tones and ethereal designs.
An evergrowing reference for world fashion, some of Brazil’s leading designers’ themes, for the summer of 2013, look back at the 70’s and 80’s and reinvent Japanese street culture and resort wear alike. While Alexandre Herchcovitch looked at pop icon Boy George for inspiration, Juliana Jabour softens the 70’s glam glitter to breezy and comfortable designs, as label Osklen and designer Jefferson Kulig look ahead at a futuristic summer by utilizing hi-tech materials and surf bodysuit silhouettes. The visual excess of Tokyo informed the colors, patterns and structures of Triton’s show, as label Animalia summoned the fresh and mysterious colors and moods of African savannah nights for its looks.
Through a range of allusions of different eras and cultures, SPFW SS 2013 maintains Brazil’s summer fashion as vibrant, elegant and forward thinking, exemplary of the country’s refined joie de vivre.
Originally designed in the mid-1960’s for the lobby of Brasilia’s Itamaraty Palace, which houses the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, Sergio Rodrigues’ Parati chair was an instant hit due to its modern, seemingly floating, design and ultra comfort.
Named after the city of Parati, a preserved Portuguese colonial getaway where the gold rush of the 1700’s led to the construction of its historical Gold Trail, Rodrigues’ atelier is reissuing the Parati armchair and ottoman after a 40-year hiatus in solid Beech, available in 5 finishes, and sold in the US exclusively at ESPASSO.
This past Wednesday, at Hollywood’s iconic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, the fourth edition of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival opened with a screening of the film Heleno, directed by José Henrique Fonseca and starring Rodrigo Santoro.
Though big productions are also part of the festival, its mission this year focuses on indie film making as it will also be honoring visionary producer Sara Silveira. Known as ‘the Godmother of the New-Brazilian Cinema’, Silveira’s production company Dezenove Som e Imagem has produced some of the most successful indie Brazilian films in the past 20 years.
Highlights of the festival are the documentary Look at Me Again directed by Claudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman and the American premiere of award-winning auteur Cláudio Assis’ Febre do Rato (Rat Fever), produced by Julia Moraes. Continuing Assis’ investment in exploring narratives from characters that live in the margins of society, and the subversive nature of their survival, Febre do Rato will be the festival’s closing movie, screening Sunday, June 10th at 9:00pm. Full schedule here.
Brazilian artist Layla Motta opens her first US exhibition, on view until June 30th, at Focal Point Gallery in Bronx, NY. In a documentarist approach, Motta spent two months photographing residents of City Island in their domestic environment. The works’ seductive natural lighting, and Motta’s keen eye for composition involve her subjects in a captivating manner that reveal their intimate settings as a landscape mapping their own imaginary.
Studio Arthur Casas won first place in the competition of revitalizing historic center Pelourinho in Salvador, Bahia.
Appointed by UNESCO as a Historic Cultural Landmark, Pelourinho was the colonial center of Brazil’s first capital, Salvador (one of the first cities of the New World, founded in 1594), constituted of several interconnecting squares replete with national cultural treasures. The Pelourinho complex, meaning pillory in Portuguese, carries loaded history of the African diaspora in Brazil via European colonialism, as its consequential syncretism is found throughout its cobblestones corridors.
The revitalization will involve the ‘symbolic and historical connection between project and site’ as it proposes a social intervention on the area by approaching it with a ‘transformative perspective that considers the responsible factors of the resurfacing and current decline of the historic site.’
Richard Meier & Partners unveiled their first project in South America: an eco office building in Rio de Janeiro. Located in the neighborhood of Leblon, the building will be the international headquarters for VINCI Partners in Brazil, featuring a vertical garden and a louvered facade. The 10-story building is expected to gain LEED Silver Certification and to be completed in 2014.