Brazilian cinema: check out 5 films to whet your appetite

There are many successful recipes that feed national productions, including typical dishes and those that our culture has adopted.

Brazilian cinema has a lot of history. And lots of food too. If, in the credits of films produced in the country, big names in direction and acting appear, there is no shortage of mouth-watering supporting actors – or even protagonists – on the scene, among typically Brazilian dishes and others that our culture has incorporated.

O iFood News now invites its readers to take a filmic tour of some of the delicacies that have shone in Brazilian cinema scripts.

To open the session, a good option is the chicken that spices up the film “God's city" (2002), directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund.

galinhada feita no filme cidade de Deus

By the way, the scene where the chicken runs became iconic for the production. The bird runs away because it knows they want it as the main ingredient in the revenue, which also contains rice, tomatoes and peppers and is characteristic of the Brazilian Center-West and Minas Gerais.

Did the chicken manage to escape? No problem, let's go barbecue – for those who are not vegan or vegetarian.

Barbecue is a classic celebration in Brazil. And it has its origin in the preparation of meat from cattle brought to the south of the country by Spanish Jesuits in the 16th century.

churrasco feito no filme Tropa de Elite

Do you want to bring people together to talk about any topic, including business? Prepare a good barbecue. That’s what happens in the film.”Elite Troop 2: The enemy is now someone else”, from 2010, directed by José Padilha.

In the film, the barbecue pits the interests of the government and the militia face to face. The appetite, in this case, is also for power.

You really need to have the stomach to deal with certain realities. And then we come to this, which is a fundamental organ for digesting the things in life, including the best gastronomic delights.

In "Stomach”, a 2007 film directed by Marcos Jorge, northeastern Raimundo Nonato discovers that cooking is really a door to power relations and passions.

Macarrão do filme Estômago

An excellent cook, Nonato starts to use gastronomy as his greatest currency in difficult situations. And, among the recipes he prepares and which give a very special flavor to the narrative, is the Pasta To Putanesca.

In turn, "What time does she return?”, by Anna Muylaert, places ice cream in a context of social discussion regarding the treatment of domestic workers in Brazil.

In the film, the privileges of patronage are illustrated by a chocolate ice cream with almonds, which, in the family portrayed in the plot, is exclusively destined for the only teenage son of the house, Fabinho.

Sorvete do filme que horas ela volta

How about, now, adding a little more Brazilianness to this filmic cauldron? To complete our menu, we will need to make some connections – in fact, establishing links between restaurants, consumers and delivery people, is what moves iFood, a Brazilian company.

In our list of national films, the guiding thread this time will be the writer Mario de Andrade. He is the author of “Macunaíma”, brilliantly adapted for the cinema in 1969 by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade.

Macunaíma, played by Grande Othello, is a kind of anti-hero, an Indian who, born black, becomes white. When venturing through the metropolis, he represents a “Brazilian who was eaten by Brazil”, as one defines it. text from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

In his search for the essence and particularities of our country, Mário de Andrade also turned to cooking.

Tacacá do filme Macunaima

And then we come to his article “Tacacá com tucupi”, written in 1939. The text mentions a typical recipe from Pará, prepared with tucupi fish, shrimp, Pará chicory (an aromatic leafy vegetable) and jambu (a typical herb from the North region).

O article by Mário de Andrade it is a true ode to national cuisine. In fact, our gastronomy is really a thing of cinema, and of Brazilian cinema, which also deserves to be duly exalted. The calendar reserves a date to celebrate it: June 19 It's Brazilian Cinema Day.

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