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The Davidson Film Club Will Screen and Discuss the Brazilian film, “Central Station”

by | Oct 9, 2022

The DFC is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of the two Oscar-nominated Brazilian film, Central Station, winner of the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film, on Saturday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. IN THE ARMOUR STREET THEATRE!

“As beautiful as it is wrenching.” Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Directed by Walter Salles
Brazil (1998, 1h50)
In Portuguese w/English subtitles

Discussion of the film will be led by Mauro Botelho, Associate Professor of Music and Interim-Chair of Latin-American studies at Davidson College.

Like so many other venues in our community at this time, we warmly encourage our patrons to wear a mask but do not require it. We will have N95 or KN95-type masks available at the door for those who need one.

Walk-ins are welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check (no credit cards). Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.

Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:

Bitter former schoolteacher Dora supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro who want to write letters to their families and then pocketing their money without ever mailing the envelopes. One day, Josue, the 9-year-old son of one of her clients, is left alone when his mother is killed in a bus accident. Reluctantly taking him in, Dora joins the boy on a road trip to find his long-missing father.

R.T. Tomatometer 94%, Audience Score 95%!

43 wins and 26 nominations in all, including Golden Globes Best FL Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English language, 3 wins at the Berlin IFF: Best Film (Golden Berlin Bear), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, and Best Actress (Silver Berlin Bear), and numerous other prizes for Best Director, Best Film, and Best Actress.

“…a road movie of uncommon texture and grit during which the mismatched couple, each initially defensive and guarded, bond with each other.” Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

“How these two learn to tolerate and eventually need each other lies at the core of a stimulating, emotionally rewarding film that is beautifully acted and spangled with surprises.” Angus Wolfe Murray, Eye for Film

“What gives the film its strength is that cutting away the first layer only reveals more levels of toughness; it takes time to discover the pure soul beneath.” Lucy Mohl,

“Beautifully observed and featuring a bravura performance by the Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, it gracefully watches these oddly paired characters develop a fractious bond that winds up profoundly changing both of them.” Janet Maslin, New York Times

“As Dora and Josue take buses and hitch rides into the Brazilian interior, Central Station matches their physical odyssey with a journey toward the soul.” Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

Our updated website at features the whole current series (July-Nov. 2022) and film descriptions. Have you Bookmarked it? 

Please be reminded that members are always free to give their seats to a friend if they cannot make it to a given screening. Just email us at [email protected] to let us know the name of the friend who will be using your seat(s).

We are a non-profit, tax-exempt organization run by volunteers that only exists to bring you fine international fiction films and engage in stimulating discussion about them.

Hope that many of you will be at the October 15 screening of this critically acclaimed and very touching film!

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736



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