The country of soccer and Carnaval may not be the first place that comes to mind when the subject of foreign film is discussed. Unless, that is, you happen to be in South Florida this month, when Brazil’s big-screen offerings take center stage.
More than 30 of the country’s recent productions—from dramas and comedies to short films and documentaries—will be showcased between Aug. 13–21, 2010 at the 14th annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami. The event, which launched what became the Inffinito Circuit of Festivals and now includes 10 Brazilian film festivals around the world, has emerged over the years as the largest Brazilian film industry affair held in a foreign country.
The diverse slate of films will be shown at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach and at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale. As always, awards will be granted to the festival’s top movies.
One the highlights of the 2010 edition is expected to be the dramatic documentary “Lula, Filho do Brasil,” which depicts the life of Brazil president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva. Another eagerly anticipated entry is a remake of “O Bem Amado,” which was one of the most successful political satires for years on prime-time Brazilian television.
Those seeking some laughs will want to check out “Os Normais 2,” another sitcom-turned-movie that focuses on the humorous conflicts that arise between a Brazilian couple.
Among the films vying for the coveted Crystal Lens Award is “Beyond Ipanema—Ondas Brasileiras na Música Global.” This story of how the global music market is rediscovering the Brazilian beat is sure to entertain those who appreciate the country’s rich musical traditions.
Regardless of which feature takes the top honor on Aug. 21, the festival’s closing ceremony brings a bonus treat to moviegoers with a performance by singer and songwriter Maria Gadu, one of the fresh voices of Brazilian popular music, who has shared the stage with such internationally acclaimed singers as Caetano Veloso.
The 14th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami is sponsored by Petrobras and Ancine/Brazilian Film Agency. For tickets and for more information visit brazilianfilmfestival.com.