One of the most dedicated scholars to investigate the Brazilian and foreign film-making, Ismail Xavier holds a Bachelor's degree in cinema from the Escola de Comunicação e Artes [School of Communication and Arts] at the University of São Paulo (ECA/USP), where he also received his master's and doctor's degrees. He holds a PhD in cinema from the New York University. He is a professor at ECA/USP and a guest professor at the most important universities in the United States and France. He has written several books, including Allegories of Underdevelopment – Aesthetics and Politics in Modern Brazilian Cinema (1993) and Sertão Mar – Glauber Rocha e a Estética da Fome (1983).
Talk: The Image of São Paulo in Cinema Films
Ismail Xavier will discuss the construction of the city image by examining two films set in São Paulo: São Paulo S/A (1965), by Luís Sérgio Person, and O Invasor (2001), by Beto Brant. On the one hand, Person's city-machine of the film is guided by the industrialization process in which labor relations connect the downtown area with the city boundaries. Brant's city-archipelago, on the other hand, emerges from the movement revealing its spatial discontinuity – split into the middle-class space and risk zones.