macunaima-1.jpgSome of the best offerings from this year's New York Film Festival are the performances on the fringes of the exhibition schedule, with the retropectives and special dialogues with directors. Tonight there's a screening of, in a reprise of the popular Brazilian Film Festival offering, the newly restored Macunaima (1968).

Returned to its original length and color saturation, this film was director Joaquim Pedro de Andrade's modernist contribution to the experimental New Brazilian Cinema. An adaptation of a popular Brazilian novella by Mário de Andrade which blends folklore, a nonlinear story line and first person narration, de Andrade took an already off-center story and added to it a contemporary '60s sensibility about sex, race, gender and politics.

What results is a funny and surprising film, which offers intriguing insight into the Brazilian psyche. A folk tale structure (our hero, Macunaima grows to become a man) mixed with revolutionary guerillas and some naked, free loving hippies thrown in for good measure — to call this a unique movie is putting it mildly.

Macunaima begins at 8:15 pm at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street.