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Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnaval celebrations could be considered among the cultural wonders of the world. Every year, the festivities make the already vibrant city throb with music and dance. City of Samba is the filmmakers Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli’s brilliantly mesmerising ode to Carnaval. Using a camera technique called tilt-shift, they transforms Rio de Janeiro into a miniature city full of immense spirit. The film seeks out the soul of the parade, revealing patterns within the chaos, turning even the masses of spectators into part of a perfectly choreographed celebration of life.
Directors: Keith Loutit, Jarbas Agnelli
Producer: Aguinaldo Rocca
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