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Exclusive Premiere: “The Model: Oshun and The Dream” Featuring Seu Jorge And Almaz

Exclusive Premiere: “The Model: Oshun and The Dream” Featuring Seu Jorge And Almaz (photo)

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Earlier this month we premiered the first part of the short film,”The Model,” featuring the golden throated Brazilian charmer, Seu Jorge (“City of God,” “Life Aquatic”) as a character called Marcello. Along with the smoothest version of “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” ever recorded, Seu Jorge And Almaz’s cover of Kraftwerk’s “The Model” was teased at the end. Here, in chapter two we get treated to more of Jorge’s hypnotic take on the song and how it fits into the recurring dreams of a mysterious woman that have come to consume him.

I corresponded with Jorge (born Jorge Mário da Silva) about the film and his related album “Seu Jorge and Almaz.” When I asked him what film he would live in if he could choose any, he said he’d like to be “the little kid in ‘Cinema Paradiso.'” Read the rest of our chat below where Jorge, who was born into poverty in a favela in Rio, tells of a very different kind of dream that preoccupies him in real life — a better world for his daughters.

In “The Model” Marcello is obsessed by a woman in his dreams, tell me about her and her hold on him.

Actually I can’t even tell if she’s a model. She looks like a supernatural divinity who does not come from our planet. She’s like a spirit incarnate, in a woman’s body — a really seductive one.

Do you have any recurring dreams like that in real life?

I must say I don’t have any recurring dreams like that. My dreams come to me, leave me a personal message and then just go away.

You play a man of extreme cool, heavily relaxed. How much Jorge Mário da Silva is in that character? And if that does capture your real inner cool, as we’ve seen elsewhere from you, what gets you excitable, unhinged?

I think I’m definitely a cool and relaxed person. I’ve been through so many difficulties in my life that it’s really difficult to find something that could make me crazy, apart from injustice and cowardliness. The only thing that preoccupies me is the wellness of my daughters and nephews because they are the new generation and I want them to live in peace and harmony.

I dig the good feeling of community and family that comes through in this short film. You’re very much associated with your humble beginnings with your role in “City of God,” and actually growing up in a favela in Rio. Not to suggest you have any thoughts of abandoning your roots, but do you ever see yourself living the high life in the Hollywood Hills?

Of course I do! And I will quote Joãozinho Trinta, a very famous Brazilian carnavalesco [carnival show producer]: “The ones who like poverty are the intellectuals; the poor like luxury and wealth.”

Michael Jackson, Jorge Ben, Roy Ayers, great choices. How did you choose the artists and cover songs for the album?

Recording this album, it wasn’t planed you know? Antonio Pinto, Lucio Maia and Pupillo were in Antonio’s studio recording the track “Juizo Final” for a Walter Sales movie and they needed a singer so they called me. When it was done we kept on playing; we had no plans for the next few days so each one of us came back with ideas and propositions. I think we choose songs we wished we had written ourselves: Pupillo proposed that we do “Rock With You” in an Al Green way, I initiated the Roy Ayers cover and Lucio proposed this song, “The Model,” for instance.

All right, you walk in the door of your home, what’s the first room you make a point of going into and what are you doing there?

I am going directly to my daughters’ bedroom in order to give them both a huge kiss.

Check out more Seu Jorge and Almaz on Now Again Records.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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