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Cartel 011 Off the bandwagon, onto the cart(el)

Don’t try to pigeonhole this place. Part art gallery, part design store, part restaurant, part co-working space, we could go on…but basically it’s exploding with ideas and energy. From product launches to music sessions, there’s always something going on at Cartel 011. Founded in 2009 with the intention of transforming the urban environment, it’s a case of so far, so bloody brilliant.

Espaço Unibanco de Cinema Waiting for Godard

This cinephile heaven projects a carefully chosen selection of international indie and art films in its five screening rooms. Espaço Unibanco de Cinema is divided into two spaces, one on either side of Rua Augusta. Both feature friendly cafés to help ease any pre-movie impatience; the side with screens 1, 2 and 3 boasts a fine film book shop as well.

As well as its busy daily schedule, Espaço Unibanco de Cinema hosts premiers and events like the Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo (the city’s international film festival). All films are, of course, shown in the original language with Portuguese subtitles.

Thursday screenings are offered at a discount but it is on the last Friday of every month that the Espaço Unibanco de Cinema really kicks back: during the Odisséia de Cinema (“Cinema Odyssey”), punters can watch a triple bill (including one “suprise” film) for the price of a single feature. It’s quality cinema till dawn, accompanied by a bucket of popcorn, a can of Guaraná pop and heck, why not, a glass of whisky. Breakfast is served at the end of this marathon.

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