Brazil’s art scene on the brink: Award-winning film shows a city in crisis

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Rio de Janeiro’s ballet dancers had been performing for months without receiving their salaries when Vincent Rimbaux put them in the frame of his Emmy award-winning documentary “Ressaca”. The director tells us why the city’s municipal opera house is a microcosm of wider problems in Brazil’s public sector, pushing artists to leave the country in search of opportunities abroad. The lockdown has provided an unexpected musical high for a cellist here in Paris, as the empty streets and silent monuments of the French capital provide the perfect stage for a series of special events.


And we take a look at the Portuguese village undergoing a literary renaissance, as our correspondents visit Obidos, the new Mecca for book-lovers.

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