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Bel Borba Aqui (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $7,426Details
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In Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco calls the city of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the "Black Rome." The rich culture of Salvador emanates from a fusion of European, African, and Native Indian roots. Today, tattooed onto the skin of the cityʼs 500-year-old urban landscape, one observes the ubiquitous public artwork created by the artist Bel Borba over the past 35 years. The documentary film, Bel Borba Aqui, reflects the intense and intimate relationship between this historically rich city and her beloved native son, Bel Borba. This film shares Bel's ebullient personality through constant acts of creation. We see him in moments of joy and madness, creating large-scale outdoor art at lightning speed and then working alone in deep introspection. Bel's art draws inspiration from his surroundings, and inspires others, particularly people in impoverished neighborhoods, to join him in creating art that improves their environment. Bel, known as "the people's Picasso," is also a man with flaws, fears and struggles, and yet, Bel is a shrewd man who navigates effortlessly from high society to the favelas of the forgotten people. Belʼs own voice narrates the film, which, instead of following a chronological order, is composed of a series of short narratives. Interlinked events weave through the film like one of his famed street mosaics, constructed piece by piece. This lyrical journey unfolds Bel and his world into one masterpiece that can only be realized as a whole once it is complete. The film examines a celebrated artist facing his own mortality through cinematic gestures of subtle playfulness that reflect Bel Borba himself, and how he transforms his art to breathe new life into a city he loves.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: October 3rd, 2012 (Limited) by Abramorama Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 95 minutes
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Keywords: Artists, Biography
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Burt Sun
Production Countries: Brazil

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 3rd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,914 $681 Oct 19, 2012 19
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,438 $2,455 Oct 12, 2012 12
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 11,503 $1,869 Oct 5, 2012 5


Bel Borba    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Andre Constantini
Co-Producer    Mary Carla Monteiro Xavier
Producer    Burt Sun
Executive Producer    Debra Winger

Per Theater Chart: Taken to the Top

October 9th, 2012

Taken 2 was the only film to top the $10,000 mark on this week's per theater chart earning an average of $13,525. The best new limited release was The Paperboy, which came very close with an average of $9,337 in eleven theaters. More...

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/05 87 $1,869   1 $1,869   $2,507 5
2012/10/12 85 $2,455 +31% 1 $2,455   $6,088 12
2012/10/19 97 $681 -72% 2 $341   $7,211 19

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/10/05 87 $2,978   1 $2,978   $3,615 9
2012/10/12 89 $2,897 -3% 1 $2,897   $6,530 16
2012/10/19 105 $895 -69% 2 $448   $7,426 23

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