Perhaps set to become one of the most controversial films to come out of Brazilian cinema, a trailer for From Beginning to End, a movie about two brother's ...The film tells the story of two male brothers that develop a very close relationship when they are kids and such relationship becomes an incestuous love when they grow up.
I strongly support the right of artists to explore and express whatever ideas and/or vision they see fit. Art is how societies change and evolve, and because of that, there can’t be any topics in art that are “off-limits” to artists and this movie is a very genuinely thoughtful exploration of a very touchy subject.
Rafael Cardoso, João Gabriel Vasconcelos as two incestuous brothers in From Beginning to End
"Brazilian filmmaker Aluízio Abranches‘ Do Começo ao Fim (From Beginning to End), which revolves around a love affair between two brothers, has generated quite a bit of discussion in Brazilian online forums even though the film hasn’t been released, yet. Those waiting to check it out at the upcoming Festival do Rio, Rio de Janeiro’s international film festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 8, will be disappointed.
Abranches has declared that his film won’t be ready in time for its scheduled screening. (Eliane Caffé’s O Sol do Meio Dia [The Midday Sun], about a dangerous love triangle in the Brazilian hinterlands, will take its slot.) As a result, Do Começo ao Fim will reach Brazilian screens only in November
According to Rosangela Dantas of the Rio daily Jornal do Brasil, who lauds Abranches’ effort to shake things up with his latest film, Brazilian cinema "has had its trajectory marked by prudishness and hypocrisy. Polemical subjects have almost invariably been treated in a superficial manner, making the movies in question prisoners of an absurd moral conduct."
In the Do Começo ao Fim cast: Rafael Cardoso, João Gabriel Vasconcelos, Gabriel Kaufmann, Lucas Cotrim, Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, and veteran Louise Cardoso.
By the way, more than 300 films from more than 60 countries are scheduled to be screened at the Festival do Rio’s many sidebars, among them Premiere Brasil, Global Panorama, Gay World, Limits and Borders, and Midnight Movies.
About 90 of the aforementioned films will come from France, as 2009 is the Year of France in Brazil. The French film series will include a mini-retrospective dedicated to Isabelle Huppert and an homage to Jeanne Moreau."
SOURCE.: by Andre Soares (Andre Soares is the Alternative Film Guide publisher and chief editor. As a major silent film and Old Hollywood fan, he also happens to be the author of "Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro" (St. Martin's Press, 2002; paperback, University of Mississippi Press, 2010). And Marcos Carioca, Sao Paulo - Brazil (Vimeo)