Why the movie “Marighella” remains on restricted screening

With preview sessions sold out in the first days of November, the movie “Marighella” entered the movie theater circuit on the 4th of November and has been a success with the Brazilian public. But the success has not been enough for exhibition halls across Brazil to give national production and the public a chance.

Read more: Demonstration denounces censorship of the film Marighella and dismantling of Ancine under Bolsonaro government

Despite being among the biggest movie premieres of 2021, having been seen by more than 100,000 viewers in a week, some cities in the Baixada Fluminense, as well as many cities in Brazil, are not showing the production directed by Wagner Moura and featuring Seu Jorge, Bruno Gagliasso, Adriana Esteves and Humberto Carrão.

With almost 1 million inhabitants, Duque de Caxias, in Baixada Fluminense, has no movie theater showing the national film. On the other hand, in only one cinema in the city, Cine Araújo, the superhero film “Eternos” is showing in seven rooms with 19 different sessions in a single space. The other room at Cine Araújo shows “Venom”, another superhero movie.

In municipalities in the Baixada that are showing “Marighella” from Thursday (11), the day of the week when the theaters renew their schedule, Wagner Moura’s film only entered the 8:10 pm session of the Kinoplex in Nova Iguaçu and at 7:45 pm at the Cinépolis of São Gonçalo. [Continua após o vídeo.]

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Author of the biography “Marighella”, the book that inspired the film, journalist Mário Magalhães commented on the fact on social networks.

“It is a scandal to deprive the residents of Baixada from watching ‘Marighella’, the beautiful film by Wagner Moura”, wrote Magalhães, when in the first week the film had not yet arrived in any room in the Baixada.

::CineB and MTST take “Marighella” to occupy the east side of São Paulo::

On social media, critic and researcher Marcelo Ikeda commented in a post about the distribution of “Marighella” in movie theaters on the outskirts of the country. He said that the initiative would fall to the National Cinema Agency (Ancine), since, as the market’s regulatory agency, it coordinates the Technical Exhibition Chamber.

The researcher claims that, years ago, “My mother is a play 3″, the last film in the franchise by the comedian Paulo Gustavo, had to go out of the screen, even with sessions being canceled, so that the production of American superheroes ” Avengers – Ultimatum” came into play in the rooms.

“The problem is that Ancine’s current management, in addition to being liberal, seems not to have much interest in seeing the film in question, even with FSA funding [Fundo Setorial do Audiovisual]”, said, on the networks, Ikeda, who has published books on the cinematographic market and audiovisual legislation in Brazil.

:: “People see in Marighella’s fight as her fight in Brazil today”, says Wagner Moura ::

In early July this year, an Ancine manager sent the commercial release project for the film to archiving. Producer O2 denied having requested the filing.

The movie “Marighella” was scheduled to premiere on November 20, 2019, Black Consciousness Day. Since then, people connected to the film have been denouncing attempts by the Bolsonaro government to boycott the film to prevent the film from reaching theaters.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Eduardo Miranda

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