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The varied selection featured by the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival of London resulted in the success expected by the event: a pleasantly large Brazilian and British audience, as well as a business meeting that could lead to promising partnerships.
Time of Fear and Dzi Croquettes were chosen as the best feature and best documentary, according to the public, who rated each film after the sessions. Two, let’s say, safe choices, given the impact and fascination aroused by the stories they tell. Other nice surprises, however, such as Blue Eyes, Elvis & Madona, and The Man Who Bottled Clouds brilliantly punctuated the festival programme and filled fans of Brazilian cinema with pride.

Director Fernando Meirelles talked about his experiences with co-productions

The main sessions were held at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, which proved being a charming and appropriate stage. A parallel selection at the Southbank Centre was dedicated to the much interesting new musical documentaries. Add to that two special events at the Bafta Academy headquarters: the packed opening night, with the screening of Lula, the Son of Brazil and the Market Place, which helped to raise the awareness and interest in Brazilian cinema among British audiences.

The so-called “business meeting” took place on Friday 3rd, and brought together producers and distributors from both sides of the Atlantic. The highlight, as expected, was the participation of Fernando Meirelles, the most international of Brazilian filmmakers to date. Extra points to the animated (in many ways) discussion among the Brazilian professionals, with their diverging points of view on the current situation of Brazilian film industry, and to the constant presence of Sir Ben Kingsley, accompanied by his Brazilian wife Daniela Lavender (who hosted the opening ceremony). In the end, a relaxed cocktail party may have sealed at least some agreements of intent between British and Brazilian professionals, as can be inferred from the busy exchange of business cards in the charming Bafta´s reception lounge. Let the next festival come!
A variada e atualizada seleção apresentada pelo 2o Brazilian Film Festival de Londres resultou no sucesso que o evento desejava: público brasileiro e britânico em quantidade espantosa e, de quebra, um encontro de negócios que pode ter belos resulted no futuro.
Salve Geral e Dzi Croquettes foram escolhidos como o melhor filme de ficção e o melhor documentário, segundo o voto do público, que avaliava os filmes após cada sessão. Duas escolhas, digamos, seguras, dado o impacto e fascínio despertado pelas histórias que contam. Outras belas surpresas, no entanto, como Olhos Azuis, Elvis & Madona e O Homem Que Engarrafava Nuvens abrilhantaram a programacao do festival e encheram de orgulho os fãs do cinema brasileiro.

The Market Place held an exciting panel with Brazilian and British producers

As sessões principais aconteceram no Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, que mostrou-se um palco charmoso e adequado. A mostra paralela no Southbank Centre reservou espaço para os sempre interessantes documentários musicais. Já os eventos especiais na sede do Bafta foram uma atração à parte. A concorrida noite de abertura, com Lula, o Filho do Brasil, e o Market Place acabaram por elevar o patamar do interesse britânico ao cinema do Brasil.

O chamado “encontro de negócios” realizado na sexta-feira, 3, reuniu profissionais da produção e distribuição do cinema tanto de lá quanto cá. O ponto alto, como já se esperava, foi a participação de Fernando Meirelles, o mais internacional dos cineastas brasileiros em atividade. Ponto também para a animada (em vários sentidos) discussão entre os profissionais brasileiros, com seus pontos-de-vista divergentes sobre a atual situação da indústria cinematografia brasileira, e para a constante presença de Sir Ben Kingsley, acompanhado de sua esposa brasileira Daniela Lavender (que apresentou a cerimônia de abertura). Ao final, um descontraído coquetel de confraternização pode ter selado, ao menos, alguns acordos de intenção profissional entre britânicos e brasileiros, tamanha foi a troca de cartões no charmoso lounge do Bafta. Que venha o próximo!
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A meeting with representatives of Brazilian and British film industries can open doors for future partnerships here and there. That is the intent of the MarketPlace London, that is part of the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival programme, brought by Inffinito to London between 1st and 5th of September.

Fernando Meirelles (directing Julianne Moore in Blindness) will be at the MarketPlace

The key name to take part in the debate panels could not be anyone other but the single most internationally successful Brazilian filmmaker today. Oscar and Bafta nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), will talk about his experiences in filming The Constant Gardener (also nominated for a Bafta). His executive producer Gail Egan (who also produced Blindness and often collaborates with Mike Leigh) will join the director.
Other important names in Brazilian cinema that will be present are Alberto Flaksman, Head of International Affairs for Brazil´s National Cinema Agency (Ancine), and three of the most acclaimed film producers in the country: Lucy and Paula Barreto (Lula, The Son of Brazil, The Middle of the World) and Mariza Leão (My Name Ain´t Johnny, The Battle of Canudos).
On the British side, Chris Pickard (from Critical Divide and consultant for the Rio Film Commission) and Samantha Horley (Managing Director of Salt. Company) are also confirmed. Chairing the event will be Isabel Davis, Senior Executive of the recently abolished UK Film Council.
The event will take place next Friday 3rd, from 2pm, at the Princess Anne Theatre, located at the headquarters of Bafta Academy. The target audience are film professionals, and entry is free, yet by application on Bafta´s website.

Um encontro entre representantes das indústrias cinematográficas brasileira e britânica pode abrir as portas para futuras parcerias lá e cá. Essa é a intenção do MarketPlace London, evento que integra a programação do 2o Brazilian Film Festival, promovido pela Inffinito em Londres, entre 1o e 5 de setembro.
O nome-chave para integrar os paineis de debates não podia ser outro, senão o mais internacionalmente bem-sucedido cineasta brasileiro da atualidade. Fernando Meirelles, indicado ao Oscar e ao Bafta de melhor diretor, falará sobre suas experiências em filmar O Jardineiro Fiel. Sua produtora executiva Gail Egan (também em Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira, e parceira frequente de Mike Leigh) acompanhará o diretor.

Paula and Lucy Barreto (pictured with filmmaker Fábio and producer Luiz Carlos Barreto) will also attend

Outros nomes importantes do cinema brasileiro que estarão presentes no MarketPlace serão Alberto Flaksman, assessor internacional da Agência Nacional de Cinema (Ancine), e três das maiores produtoras do país: Lucy e Paula Barreto (Lula, O Filho do Brasil, O Caminho das Nuvens), e Mariza Leão (Meu Nome Não é Johnny, A Guerra de Canudos).
Do lado britânico, estão confirmados Chris Pickard (da Critical Divide e consultor para a Rio Film Commission) e Samantha Horley (Managing Director da Salt. Company). A mediação ficará a cargo de Isabel Davis, Senior Executive do recém abolido UK Film Council.
O evento acontece na próxima sexta-feira, 3, a partir das 14h, no Princess Anne Theatre, que fica na sede do Bafta. O público-alvo são profissionais do cinema, e as inscrições são gratuitas, ainda que por aplicação pelo site do Bafta.

Lula – The Son of Brazil will be the opening film for the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival this year. The gala screening will be held at the Princess Theatre, at the Bafta Academy, on September 1st.

Newcomer Rui Ricardo Diaz plays president Lula

Based on the book of the same name by Denise Paraná, the film looks in dramatic form at the life of Brazil’s current President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. From his birth in 1945 and impoverished childhood as a shoe shine boy until 1980 when he became the leader of the Workers’ Party, this local box-office hit tells this extraordinary and inspiring story of his rise above hardship, up to the death of his mother Dona Lindu, who raised eight children on her own while teaching them all to live life with dignity, no matter what.

Lula is directed Fábio Barreto, who was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1995 (for O Quatrilho), and who stems from one of the country’s biggest filmmaking dynasties. Producers Lucy and Paula Barreto will present the film.
Tickets can be booked by the public for £12, which includes a drinks reception at Bafta. To book it, head here.
The full programme for the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival, promoted by Inffinito Festivals Circuit, is not yet available. All we know so far is that the other feature screenings will be held at the glitzy Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus, and a parallel selection of musical documentaries at the Southbank Centre. More news coming soon.
Lula – O Filho do Brasil será o filme de abertura do 2nd Brazilian Film Festival este ano. A sessão de gala acontecerá dia 1º de setembro no Princess Theatre, que fica na sede da Bafta Academy.

Mais uma grande interpretação de Glória Pires, como Dona Lindu

Baseado no livro de mesmo nome de Denise Paraná, o filme dramatiza a vida do atual presidente do Brasil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. De seu nascimento em 1945 e infância pobre como engraxate, até 1980 quando torna-se líder do Partido dos Trabalhadores, este sucesso de bilheteria local conta a extraordinária e inspiradora estória de superação, até a morte de sua mãe, Dona Lindu, que criou sozinha oito filhos, ensinando-os a viver a vida sempre com dignidade.

Lula é dirigido por Fábio Barreto, indicado ao Oscar de filme estrangeiro em 1995 por O Quatrilho, e que vem de uma das maiores dinastias cinematográfias do Brasil. As produtoas Lucy e Paula Barreto estarão presentes para apresentar o filme.
Os ingressos já estão à venda por £12, e incluem uma recepção com drinques no Bafta. Para adquirí-los, clique aqui.
A programação completa do 2nd Brazilian Film Festival, promovido pelo Circuito Inffinito de Festivais, ainda não foi divulgado. Tudo que se sabe até agora é que as demais sessões acontecerão no requintado Apollo Cinema de Piccadilly Circus e uma mostra paralela de documentários musicais no Southbank Centre. Mais informações em breve.

The 2010 Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival ended with the same hype and excitement as it started. The film selected for the closing day attracted a wide audience to Barbican’s Cinema 1. Wandering Heart, directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade, showed an intimate, funny and unusual portrait of global music superstar Caetano Veloso. The screening was followed by a revealing and entertaining Q&A session with the young filmmaker, who answered questions and told many curiosities about Caetano and the process of making the film.

A few hours after festival’s official closing, the star of the film did another remarkable performance at Barbican Hall, part of his Zii e Zie European tour. Later, he welcomed the festival crew to his dressing room, where he made compliments to director Fernando Andrade’s work on the documentary.

Check our photo gallery below, with snaps from the Q&A session, Caetano’s concert and the backstage. And come back later this week, to check more info on the 2010 festival’s highlights.

Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010

In the fifth day of Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival, two very popular and critically acclaimed dramas were the centre of attention. The screenings of The Ballroom (Chega de Saudade) and Two Sons of Francisco (2 Filhos de Francisco) attracted great audiences to the Barbican Centre.

The second screening was followed by a Q&A session with director Breno Silveira, one of most promising filmmakers in Brazil nowadays. He went to stage with visual emotion, and said that he still gets touched every time he sees the film. And so was the audience.

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Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010

Wednesday evening at the Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival was time for two brilliant documentaries about geniouses of Brazilian music. Loki – Arnaldo Baptista and Vinícius, both award-winning productions, were screened at Barbican´s Cinema 1. Audiences could know the incredible stories of those two fascinating personalities, which are considered some of the greatest composers and lyricists of all time.

Vinícius was followed by a Q&A session with veteran director Miguel Faria Jr. He told the public how close he was to Vinícius de Moraes in real life and answered a few questions about the making of the documentary. Click on the image below to check our image gallery of the festival.


Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010

Ousting fierce competition from World Cup, Wimbledon and the temperature over 30 degrees, the Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival had a terrific third day of screenings, with The Escape of the Gorilla Woman and Simonal – No One Knows How Tough It Was. The director of Simonal, Micael Langer, attended a Q&A session after the screening, with brilliant participation from the audience.
Have a look at our photo gallery, clicking on the image below. More of the festival coverage coming shortly.

Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010

Two spectacular films amazed the audience of Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival on Saturday evening. Capoeira epic Besouro attracted a vivid audience, who cheered with its exciting action sequences. And rap drama Antônia captivated everyone with its spontaneous cast and irresistible soundtrack. Both film directors, João Daniel Tikhomiroff and Tata Amaral, attended the Q&A sessions which followed the respective screenings.

Have a look at our photo gallery, clicking on the image below. More of the festival coverage coming shortly.

Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010
The audience at the majestic Barbican Centre´s Cinema 1 was taken by the Bossa Nova music last evening. Out of Tune, directed by Walter Lima Jr., opened the Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm festival, making everyone thrilled by its rhythm.
Before the screening, a drinks reception was offered for guests at the Fountain Room.
Barbican’s Head of Cinema Robert Rider, Cultural Attaché for the Embassy of Brazil in London Carlos Pachá, and the festival curator Adriana Rouanet, introduced this year’s festival, thanking all supporters (including major partner TAM Airlines) and the public that honours the Brazilian cinema.

A great audience attended Barbican´s Cinema 1 last evening

“Nothing on this scale have been produced before on Brazilian music and cinema in the UK. Congratulations to all involved”, said Rider.
Out of Tune, which tells the fictional story of a group of friends who struggle to succeed with their Bossa Nova band in the 60s, received a wide range of applauses after its screening. Legendary director Walter Lima Jr. and one of the stars Ângelo Paes Leme talked about the film and their careers in a Q&A session, with a few questions from the interested audience.
Click on the image below to check our full Festival Opening Gala gallery, with photos from the reception, screening of Out of Tune and Q&A session.
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A plateia do majestoso Cinema 1 do Barbican Centre foi tomada pelo ritmo da Bossa Nova na noite de ontem. Os Desafinados, de Walter Lima Jr., abriu o festival Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm, emocionando o público presente.
Antes da exibição do filme, foi oferecida uma recepção para convidados na Fountain Room da instituição. O diretor do departamento de cinema do Barbican, Robert Rider, o Chefe do Setor Cultural da Embaixada do Brasil em Londres, Carlos Pachá, e a curadora do festival, Adriana Rouanet, fizeram a apresentação da quarta edição do festival, agradecendo aos apoiadores (como a TAM Linhas Aéreas) e ao público que prestigia o cinema brasileiro.

Director Walter Lima Jr. (L) and actor Ângelo Paes Leme during the Q&A session

Os Desafinados, que conta a história fictícia de um grupo de amigos que luta para fazer sucesso com a banda nos anos 60, foi bastante aplaudido após sua exibição. O lendário diretor Walter Lima Jr. e um dos protagonistas do filme Ângelo Paes Leme, falaram sobre o filme e suas carreiras em um sessão de perguntas e repostas, com participação do público.
Clique na imagem baixo para ver a galeria completa da abertura do festival, com fotos da recepção, exibição e debate sobre Os Desafinados.
Cinema of Brazil: Music and Rhythm Festival 2010