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8395 - Performing Age in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

Fernanda Montenegro's acclaimed performance in Walter Salles' Estação Central (1998) brought the subject of the aging female body in Brazilian society to an international audience on the eve of the new millennium. Since then, the social practices and cultural discourses surrounding the construction of age in contemporary Brazilian society, where the youthful female body has become hypervisible, have taken on greater significance in both visual and literary texts.

I propose to examine how "a terceira idade" (the third age) has been performed in a series of films from the post 2000 period. My analysis will focus on women's changing subjectivities and sexualities during the golden years in films such as Andrucha Waddington's Casa de areia (2005), Laís Bodanzky's Chega de Saudade (2007), Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Lavoura Arcaica (2001), Aluisio Abranches' As três Marias (2003) and others. By establishing dialogs with domestic and international audiences, these and other films have resulted in greater visibility for Brazilian filmmakers over the past decade.

Keywords: aging, women, cultural and sexual identity

Author: Sharpe, Peggy (Florida State University, Ud States of Am / USA)

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