Mesa no Cinema

14 Oct 2013-17 Oct 2013

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Food at the movies is usually the preserve of soggy nachos and overpriced popcorn, with perhaps a drizzle of truffle oil for the VIP movie-goer. Except for four October nights, that is, when four chefs will each be challenged to design a menu inspired by a film, to be served in a cinema as the audience enjoys the movie. It’s the third edition of Mesa no Cinema, at the dinky art-house cinema CineSESC in Jardins, where every other row of seats is left empty to facilitate the serving of dinner.

We loved last year's event, when chef Viko Tangoda served up everything from toasted peanuts to ice lollies and roast beef sandwiches, with waiters dressed as clowns, to accompany the Brazilian film O Palhaço, about a circus troupe on the road in rural Brazil. ‘Taking part has been so much fun,’ Tangoda told us. ‘But not easy. CineSESC has no kitchen, just a bar with two sinks. So we prepare the food beforehand and just finished it off with a plug-in oven on the night.’

This year, all the films in the line-up are Brazilian. And if you don't speak Portuguese, the soundtrack to Tropicália, and the English spoken in parts in Margaret Mee and the Moonflower, make them your best bet. Not to mention the novelty of dining at the cinema. Though you'll need to be quick to guarantee a seat: tickets go on sale on 1 October, at CineSESC (limited to two tickets per person) and sell out fast. 

'Tropicália', Monday 14 October

The first ever documentary to be made about one of Brazil’s most important art movements, Tropicalismo, Tropicália has contributions from all the major players and a killer soundtrack, showing how the artists exploded the frontiers of Brazilian music, fusing rock, regional rhythms, psychedelia and concrete poetry. Read the Time Out review of Tropicália
The chef Cassio Prado
Film times 6.30pm, 9pm.

'Girimunho', Tuesday 15 October

Girimunho (translated as Swirl in English) is the old truth-meets-fiction art-house gambit, Brazilian style, as the story of the death of a village's elderly woman is told with nonprofessional actors and vérité-style filmmaking. 
The chef Morena Leite, of Capim Santo and Santinho reknown.
Film times 6.30pm, 9pm.

'Xingu', Wednesday 16 October

Brazilian director Cao Hamburger’s film about the origins of Brazil's immense native Indian reservation Xingu, is a moving piece that chronicles not only the origins of the Xingu Reservation, but the personal trajectory of the men who sided with the Indians in a losing battle to save a culture from the crushing, and perhaps misconceived, notion of progress.
The chef José Maria Meira
Film times 6.30pm, 9pm.

'Margaret Mee e a Flor da Lua', Thursday 17 October

Documenting the life of Margaret Mee, a British botanical illustrator and environmentalist who moved to Brazil in the 1950s to document Brazilian flora, Margaret Mee e a Flor da Lua (Margaret Mee and the Moonflower, in English) intersperses interviews in both English and Portuguese (subtitled) with people who knew and worked with Mee, with archive material of Mee herself, who died in 1988.
The chef Vivi Barros of Chef Vivi 
Film times 7pm and 9.30pm.

Please note, tickets for this event are now sold out

By Catherine Balston

Event details


Address Rua Augusta 2075

Jardim Paulista, São Paulo

Metrô 2, Consolação

Telephone (11) 3087 0500

CineSESC website

Tickets R$28; R$14 reductions. Buy Mesa no Cinema tickets in advance (maximum two per person per film). Over 14s only

Date 14 Oct 2013-17 Oct 2013


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