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RHYTHMS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN

The Violin Teacher

SÉRGIO MACHADO
Brazil, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

The musical career of violinist Laerte, a former child prodigy, has not gone as planned. His once-in-a-lifetime audition with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is a spectacular failure. With bills piling up, he cannot turn down an offer to teach a high school violin class in Sao Paulo's notorious Heliopolis neighborhood. Reluctant and defensive, Laerte anticipates trouble in this tough environment and finds it. Unruly, untrained, and unable to read music, his students carry the weight of the favela on their young shoulders. Eventually, passion and purpose begin to emerge for teacher and students alike. With the program's future resting on an upcoming concert and the pressures of gang violence and police brutality growing louder offstage, Laerte's greatest performance may consist of bringing a glimmer of hope into his students' lives and his own.—Palm Springs International Film Festival

In Portuguese with English subtitles

RHYTHMS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN

The Violin Teacher

SÉRGIO MACHADO
Brazil, 2015
100 minutes, Color
Official website

The musical career of violinist Laerte, a former child prodigy, has not gone as planned. His once-in-a-lifetime audition with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is a spectacular failure. With bills piling up, he cannot turn down an offer to teach a high school violin class in Sao Paulo's notorious Heliopolis neighborhood. Reluctant and defensive, Laerte anticipates trouble in this tough environment and finds it. Unruly, untrained, and unable to read music, his students carry the weight of the favela on their young shoulders. Eventually, passion and purpose begin to emerge for teacher and students alike. With the program's future resting on an upcoming concert and the pressures of gang violence and police brutality growing louder offstage, Laerte's greatest performance may consist of bringing a glimmer of hope into his students' lives and his own.--Palm Springs International Film Festival

In Portuguese with English subtitles


Thursday, April 21
6:30 PM
$13.00
Friday, April 22
8:30 PM
$13.00


As part of the Rhythms On and Off the Screen Films on Music, the musical group DC Double Cello will perform 30 minutes before each screening.

DC: Double Cello is made up of cellists Kevin Phillip Jones and René Eduardo Molina, who first met when performing together at the OutMusic Awards, in New York City. Kevin studied cello at Old Dominion University, and René at University of Maryland. They have a blast performing parties, weddings, and social events all over the metro area. See them on YouTube.