For the third consecutive year, the Inffinito Festival Circuit arrives in London with the Brazilian Film Festival, bringing a taste of the best of recent Brazilian cinema. Those will include some quiet new titles, which haven´t even opened commercially in the country.

This is the case of Man From the Future, by Cláudio Torres, which opens the festival, next Tuesday 6, at Bafta Academy. The film stars Wagner Moura and Alinne Moraes, and opens this weekend in Brazilian cinemas.

Until Saturday 10, Londoners can see some recent crowd pleasers, such as Head Over Heels, The Supreme Happiness and VIPs, all screened at the cosy Odeon Covent Garden cinema. As a lovely complement, short films will proceed the feature films, showcasing the high quality of the local production in this sector.

Directors and producers will also be part of Q&As after the screnings. Among them, Leonardo Monteiro de Barros (producer of Man From the Future), Toniko Melo (director of VIPs), Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan (directors of documentary Elza) and Malu de Martino (director of So Hard to Forget). Besides them, producer Paula Barreto will receive a WFTV (Women in Film and Television) tribute for her career, followed by the screening of Romeo and Juliet Get Married, her first production.

Pelo terceiro ano consecutivo, o Circuito Inffinito de Festivais desembarca em Londres, com o Brazilian Film Festival, trazendo filmes recentes da cinematografia brasileira. Alguns títulos bastante novos, que nem estrearam em circuito comercial por lá.

É o caso de O Homem do Futuro, de Cláudio Torres, que abre o festival, na próxima terça-feira, 6, no Bafta Academy. O filme estrelado por Wagner Moura e Alinne Moraes estreia neste fim de semana, nas salas brasileiras.

Até sábado, 10, o público londrino poderá conferir sucessos recentes como De Pernas Pro Ar, A Suprema Felicidade e VIPs, em exibições no charmoso cinema Odeon Covent Garden. Como um adorável complemento, curtas-metragens procederão os longas, ressaltando a alta qualidade da produção nacional neste setor.

Diretores e produtores convidados participarão de debates após os filmes. Dentre eles, Leonardo Monteiro de Barros (produtor de O Homem do Futuro), Toniko Melo (diretor de VIPs), Izabel Jaguaribe e Ernesto Baldan (diretores do documentário Elza) e Malu de Martino (diretora de Como Esquecer). Além deles, a produtora Paula Barreto receberá uma homenagem da WFTV (Women in Film and Television), seguida pela exibição da comédia O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta, sua primeira produção.

THE 2011 SELECTION / A SELEÇÃO 2011

O Homem do Futuro / Man From the Future

Tuesday 6/9, 20h30, Bafta (Opening Night)

Dir: Claudio Torres. With Wanger Moura, Alinne Moraes, Maria Luisa Mendonça

Zero is a brilliant and lonely scientist who believes he is unhappy because 20 years ago he was humiliated by the love of his life. When he tries to create a revolutionary source of energy, he accidentally goes back to the past and sees himself in the opportunity to meet his 20-years-younger self and “correct” the mistakes in his own life. Trying to manipulate the path of time is much harder and confusing than what it seems.

Além da Estrada / Beyond the Road

Wednesday, 7/9, 18h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Charly Braun. With Esteban Feune de Colombi, Jill Mulleady, Guilhermina Guinle

+ short: A Verdadeira História da Bailarina de Vermelho / The True Story of the Ballerina in Red (dir. Alessandra Colasanti & Samir Abujamra)

Santiago, an Argentine in his late twenties, sets out to Uruguay to claim a land inherited from his parents, killed tragically some years earlier. As he arrives, he meets Juliette, a young Belgian girl in search of a past love and a new life. What seemed to be just a simple ride turned into a brief but intense journey. Together, they visit places and meet people lost in time, sharing experiences that bring them closer in a relationship of growing affection and tenderness.

De Pernas Pro Ar / Head Over Heels

Wednesday, 7/9, 20h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Roberto Santucci. With Ingrid Guimarães, Maria Paula, Bruno Garcia

+ short: O Bolo / Cake (dir: Robert Guimarães)

A romantic comedy that examines the joys and hardships of contemporary love life: its limits, joys, fantasies and grievances. Alice, 35, is married with one son. Workaholic, her professional career steals most of her tim And virtually all her libido! In a twist of fate, she looses her husband and her job at the same time. Stunned, she decides to change radically and embrace a unique opportunity: to become a sex shop executive! In this new erotic world, she transforms herself and rediscovers pleasure and the ability to love.

Os Filhos de João – O Admirável Mundo Novo Baiano / Sons of João – The Admirable New Baiano World

Thursday 8/9, 16h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Henrique Dantas

+ short: Garoto Barba / Beard Boy (dir: Christopher Faust)

The film richly portrays the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) scene during 60s and 70s, through the path of the innovative and revolutionary music group Os Novos Baianos. It particularly reveals the influence that Joao Gilberto had in their musical lives and his valuable contribution to the improvement of the songs composed and sung by the group. The film also illustrates a time when the members led a communitarian style of life and its impact on their final work. The film features unique and rare archival materials of the best MPB music and cameos from Tom Zé, Rogério Duarte, Orlando Senna, Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, among others.

Como Esquecer / So Hard to Forget

Thursday 6/9, 18h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Bruno Vianna. With Ana Paula Arósio, Murilo Rosa, Natália Lage

+ short: Satélite Bolinha / Little Ball Satellite (dir. Bruno Vianna)

Julia is trying to get her life back after an intense love affair with Antonia. In this process she will find new friends who are also experiencing loss of important things in their lives. They share the experience of pain, a feeling of solitude and, above all, a desire for better times.

180º

Thursday 6/9, 20h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Eduardo Vaisman. With Eduardo Moscóvis, Malu Galli, Felipe Abib

+ short: Os Amigos Bizarros de Ricardinho / The Bizarre Friends of Ricardinho (dir: Augusto Canani)

180º tells the story of Anna, Russel and Bernardo, three members of the urban intellectual middle class in Rio de Janeiro. They risk it all in a game of passion involving the authorship of a book. The non-linear narrative invites the spectator to piece together an elaborate puzzle, the solution of which can be found in the characters’ past as well as their present.

Boca do Lixo / Boca

Friday 9/9, 16h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Flávio Frederico. With Daniel de Oliveira, Hermila Guedes, Milhem Cortaz

+ short: Uma Noite / One Night (dir: Daniela Santos)

Adapted from the autobiography of Hirohito Joanides de Moraes, the film portrays the atmosphere and life of the King of Boca do Lixo, a region of prostitution in downtown São Paulo in the 50s. Born into a family of upper-middle class, Hirohito went to Boca just as a bohemian in search of sexual adventure, until a personal tragedy causes a change in your life. His father is viciously murdered and Hirohito is charged with the crime. Shortly thereafter, Hirohito buy two guns and moved to Boca, quickly becoming one of the most wanted criminals by the police.

Elza

Friday 9/9, 18h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Izabel Jaguaribe & Ernesto Baldan

+ short: Tempestade / Storm (dir: Cesar Cabral)

Elza Soares is renowned as one of Brazil’s original samba superstars whose career has spanned 50 years. A remarkable singer and show woman, Soares was known for the uniting traditional samba sounds with modern touches that leant her songs a multigenerational appeal. The documentary explores her repertoire’s diversity and presents a series of encounters with renowned Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Paulinho da Viola and Maria Bethânia.

VIPs

Friday 9/9, 20h30, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Toniko Melo. With Wagner Moura, Arieta Corrêa, Juliano Cazarré

+ short: A Casa das Horas / The Hour’s Home (dir: Heraldo Cavalcanti)

Since childhood, Marcelo da Rocha has found it difficult to come to terms with his own identity. His greatest pleasure is to imitate people and pretend to be someone else. Feeding the dream of learning to fly and become a pilot like his father, Marcelo runs away from his mother’s house and begins the adventure of his life. He starts to impersonate a series of different characters, until he manages to perform his highest scam. At a big party in Recife, he poses as the businessman Henrique Constantino, whose father owns airline Gol.

A Suprema Felicidade / The Supreme Happiness

Saturday 10/9, 16h, Odeon Covent Garden

Dir: Arnaldo Jabor. With Marco Nanini, Dan Stulbach, Maria Flor, João Miguel

+ short: 3×4 (dir: Cauê Nunes)

The story of a middle class family in their quest for happiness. Set in the enchanted and marvelous Rio de Janeiro of the late 50s, the plot follows Paulo, from 10 until 18 years old of age, while he discovers the wonders of love and sex, backed up by the strong friendship he has with his grandfather.

O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta / Romeo and Juliet Get Married

Saturday 10/9, 19h, Odeon Covent Garden (Closing Night)

Dir: Bruno Barreto. With Marco Ricca, Luana Piovani, Luiz Gustavo

Juliet, a die-hard Palmeiras fan falls in love with Romeo, die-hard fan of rival football team Corinthians. Juliet’s father would never accept such a son-in-law. Not wanting to loose Juliet, Romeo pretends to be a Palmeiras fan. The lie creates a series of hilarious twists and turns, and when the truth is revealed, the couple’s love must rise above their family sports rivalry.

TICKETS: for the Opening Night, at Bafta, it costs £12 (including drinks reception) – buy on 08444-771-000 or here. For all other screenings, at Odeon Covent Garden, it costs £10 each – buy on 0871-2244-007 or here (+£0.75 fee).
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INGRESSOS: para a cerimônia de abertura, custa £12 (incluindo recepção com drinques) – compre pelo fone 08444-771 -000 ou aqui. Para todas as outras sessões, no Odeon Covent Garden, custa £10 cada – compre pelo fone 0871-2244-007 ou aqui (mais taxa de +£0.75).

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