The watery depths of Brazil's largest bay is the setting for intriguing stories of sexual rivalry, blood feuds and murder.
10 Jun 2014 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 30 Jun 2014 - 2:06 PM

Lower City

SBS 2: Sunday June 29, 11pm

A steamy love triangle plays out in Bahia’s red light district as Karinna the beautiful pole dancer/prostitute (Alice Braga) inspires an obsessive, jealous rivalry within two besotted friends, Deco (Lazaro Ramos) and Naldinho (Wagner Moura). Naldinho’s vow that "No woman will come between us," is tested when Karinna boards their boat and offers favours in exchange for transport, cash and company. All three give gutsy, intuitive performances. This sexy, passionate film is co-produced by Walter Salles and directed by Salles’ former assistant director, Sergio Machado.

Behind the Sun

SBS 2: Monday June 30, 11pm

Walter Salles directs this story of a generational blood feud that claims the lives of all sons of two warring families. Rodrigo Santoro plays Tonho, the eldest son of a farming family locked into a feud with their neighbours over a plot of land. Tonho is torn between the duty which compels him to avenge his brother’s death, and pursuing a life outside of the limited worldview of the family farm. A travelling circus offers him a new perspective on the family rivalry and its inevitable impact on his young brother.

Siren's Song Part 1

SBS2: Tuesday July 1, 11pm

Siren's Song Part 2

SBS2: Wednesday July 2, 11pm

Siren is considered the queen of pop music, but her wealth and fame invites feelings of jealousy and hatred. She is murdered by a single gunshot right in the middle of Carnival, and the hunt for the perpetrator reveals a new suspect every day. . As the investigations move forward, the audience gets to know the true personality of the protagonist and her many enigmas. The films screened as a mini-series in Brazil and Portugal, where it drew up to 20 million viewers each night.