Sadly (and expensively) enough, going to the cinema in São Paulo has become almost synonymous with going to the mall. However, there are still a few options for avoiding the city’s shoppings when you want to see a film. On Thursdays, there’s now the opportunity to see a film in a public, covered space outdoors – for free.
Located in Pinheiros, in front of big-time publishing company Abril’s towering headquarters, the tree-filled Praça Victor Civita (pracavictorcivita.org.br) has covered bleachers with capacity for 300 people, meaning that, rain or shine, you’ll keep dry as you enjoy the Thursday night flick.
The initiative is part of the project Cine na Praça, which between 4 October 2012 and 17 January 2013 will show 22 short and feature films, some of which will be followed by a debate with the films’ directors.
The films have been split into four categories, with the theme 'new paradigm' the focus for the final two dates in December and January, with films and accompanying debates exploring changing family structures.
The one to look out for is As Melhores Coisas do Mundo (The Best Things in the World), at 8.30pm on 13 December, which portrays how the teenage protagonist Mano deals with the pressures of school and home life. The film's director Laís Bodanski will lead a debate afterwards.
Get there early for a double barrel movie night, with the short film Café com Leite, by director Daniel Ribeiro, kicking off the evening at 8pm. The short tells the story of a man who feels responsible for his little brother following their parents' death, and postpones moving in with his boyfriend.
The final screening is 17 January, with the short movie L, by Thais Fujinaga at 8pm, followed by the grand finale with Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, telling the touching story of a dysfunctional family taking their youngest daugther to a beauty contest.