Originally published in Portuguese, FQ makes this important interview with Eduardo Coutinho by Brazilian film critic Jose Carlos Avellar available for the first time in English. Conducted in 2000, Avellar engages Coutinho on the scope, breadth, and depth of his career in Brazilian film and television, from his origins in screenwriting and filmmaking of the Cinema Novo era up through his deeply engaged social justice documentary practices.
The Emptiness of the Backyard: An Interview with Eduardo Coutinho
José Carlos Avellar worked as a film critic for Jornal do Brasil from 1962–85 as well as for Cinemais and Escrever Cinema. He was cultural director of Embrafilme (1985–87), director of RioFilme (1994–2000), and has been an advisor for Brazilian cinema for the Berlinale since 1980. He is currently film curator at the Instituto Moreira Salles. He has written six books on film theory, among them Glauber Rocha (2002) and A ponte clandestina: Birri, Glauber, Solanas, Garcia Espinosa, Sanjines, Alea: teorias de cinema na America Latina (1995). His essays also appear in Le Cinéma brésilien (Center Pompidou, Paris, 1987) and Hojas de Cine (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico, 1988).
Krista Brune is a PhD candidate in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture at UC Berkeley, completing her dissertation “Translating Brazil: From Transnational Periodicals to Hemispheric Fictions, 1808–2010.” A Fulbright scholar to Brazil in 2007, her articles and translations have appeared in ellipsis, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Asymptote, and Mester.
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José Carlos Avellar, Krista Brune; The Emptiness of the Backyard: An Interview with Eduardo Coutinho. Film Quarterly 1 March 2016; 69 (3): 44–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.3.44
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