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3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London to arrive in September

The third edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of London is coming to town and Sounds and Colours will once again be supporting the festival. Taking place from Tuesday 6th September, with an Opening Gala Night at BAFTA and ending on the night of Saturday 10th September at Odeon Covent Garden, the festival will show 10 feature length and 9 short films from Brazil (all with English subtitiles).
All films will be shown at Odeon Covent Garden, except for Man From The Future on the Opening Night, which will be at BAFTA.
One of the films we really can’t wait to see is Filhos de João, O Admirável Mundo Novo Baiano, now going by the much more English title of Sons of Joao, the Admirable New Baiano World, which tells the story of (more…)

18/08/2011 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Cinema Tropical Awards Tonight at the IFC Center


Three of Argentinian Director Lucrecia Martel's films will be honored as part of Cinema Tropical AWARDS presentation today in New York. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“Latin American cinema has reinvented itself once again” said Carlos Gutierrez, co-founding director of Cinema Tropical. Throughout the last ten years, Latin American filmmakers have established themselves as ambitious and clearly discernable voices in the cinematographic landscape.
This was the reason, according to Gutierrez, for bringing to life the first ever Cinema Tropical AWARDS that will be presented today at the TimesCenter in New York City. The presentation will honor ten distinguished film productions from the region.
Gutiérrez believes this is truly an exciting moment for Latin American cinema. An extensive list of young filmmakers has emerged from and gained international acclaim for their diverse, artistic, and innovative work. New York based Cinema Tropical—an established purveyor of Latin American cinema—hopes this cutting edge event will have international impact and will help draw even more attention to the creative output from Latin America.
This October, Cinema Tropical has organized a series of events celebrating Latin American cinema that kicked off last week with an insightful panel discussion with Chilean director Sebastián Silva (The Maid). It also includes the publication of a book of essays about the nominated films, a product of a special partnership between Cinema Tropical and Jorge Pinto Books.
The highlight of the ten-day program will be tonight’s AWARDS ceremony, with Triple nominated Lucrecia Martel from Argentina and Mexican director Carlos Reygadas to attend. (more…)

25/10/2010 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

NY Nonprofit Celebrates Golden Age of Latin American Film


City of God

The words “blockbuster,” “Oscar,” and “sold out” don’t always enter into the genre of foreign film. But they did in Latin American movie-making in the last decade. Two films starring Mexican heart throb Gael García Bernal—the 2000 thriller Amores Perros and the 2001 romp about a romantic road trip, Y Tu Mamá También—raked in millions in their first weeks on the screen. City of God, the 2002 Brazilian film from directorial duo Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, received four Academy Award nominations and had a later life as a TV show. Guillermo del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), which looks at Spanish fascism through a magic realism lense, got three Oscars for his film in 2007. (more…)

20/10/2010 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

25 best action films of all time by The Guardian: n.6 “City of God”


City of God (Cidade de Deus).

This ground-level report on gang life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro exploded with thrilling and terrible force. An electrifying piece of cinema packed full of visual invention and dazzling set-pieces, it owes a debt to Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and audaciously pays it off. Though it unfolds at an exhilarating pace and crackles with danger, the film never allows itself to become seduced by the abundant violence of favela life. Instead, it keeps its lens trained on the attendant horrors, which mount up as the narrative jumps forward in time. What is most horrifying of all is how those caught up in the violence – victims and perpetrators alike – keep getting younger and younger.

20/10/2010 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Brazil arrives to London for second year with The Inffinito Festival Circuit

Elvis & Madona

The Inffinito Festival Circuit has, for 15 years now, taken the best of the Brazilian cinema to Vancouver, Miami, New York, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rome, Madrid and Barcelona. It will arrive in London for the 2nd BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL between the 1st and 5th September.
The Brazilian Film Festival’s main purpose is to create incentives that promote new opportunities for business and strengthen partnerships for co-production between the British and Brazilian (more…)

18/08/2010 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Today at BFI “South American Renaissance”: City of God (Trailer)

City of God

A sprawling, spellbinding chronicle of a Rio favela under the thumb of heavily armed drug gangs.
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02/08/2010 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Venezuelan filmmaking in its Latin American context

In recent years, a significant number of fiction films produced in Latin America deal explicitly with inequality. Some of La Villa del Cine productions such as La clase display an explicit social message and a realist mode which contrast, on the one hand with the sophisticated aesthetics and sometimes metaphorical style of some of the most well-known third cinema fiction of the 1960s and 1970s; on the other, with classic realist films like Rodrigo D No Future (Víctor Gaviria, Colombia, 1990) or City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002). The “realist mode with a message” also characterizes other films produced in countries across Latin America like Redentor (Claudio Torres, Brazil, 2004), La zona (Rodrigo Plá, Mexico, 2007) and Era uma vez (Breno Silveira, Brazil, 2008), to name just a few. (more…)

17/07/2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Brazilian Cinema by Meirelles at the UCLA Latin American Institute

A conversation with Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Bunche Hall 6275 (history conference room)

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Fernando Meirelles is the director of the internationally acclaimed Brazilian film Cidade de Deus (City of God, 2002), as well as such other films as The Constant Gardener (2005) and Blindness (2008). He has directed and produced numerous Brazilian miniseries, including Cidade dos Homens (2007), A Vision of Blindness (2008), and Som e Furia (2009). He has won awards from film festivals and societies all over the world, as well as four 2004 Oscar nominations, including a Best Director nomination for Cidade de Deus.

Cost: Free and Open to the public

For more information please contact Gloria Tovar Tel: (310)825-4571 or visit:

Sponsors: Latin American Institute, Center for Brazilian Studies

24/04/2010 at 8:57 am Leave a comment

Fernando Meirelles in Bradford International Film Festival (UK)

Running over a period of 11 days from today until Sunday March 28, the 16th Bradford International Film Festival will feature premieres, special guests and an array of documentaries, shorts, retrospectives and tribute

This year, following in the footsteps of Ken Loach and Sir Richard Attenborough, actor John Hurt, best known for his roles as Kane in the 1979 classic sci-fi shocker Alien and John Merrick in the 1980 movie The Elephant Man, will be present to accept the BIFF 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

As part of a celebration of his work, he will be taking part in a live ‘screen talk’ and hosting a retrospective of his work. Ridley Scott’s Alien, David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, 1984 and Scandal are just some of the movies to be screened during the festival in honour of his fantastic career.

Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton will also be making a guest appearance during this year’s festival and taking part in a screen talk discussing her varied but successful career. The Academy Award-nominated Vera Drake, for which she won a Best Actress Bafta in 2005, will also be screened.

Adding an international flavour to the festival will be talented director Fernando Meirelles. He will be participating in a live interview to support the screenings of his English language films The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes, Blindness with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, as well as the brilliant Brazilian epic City of God.

A new aspect introduced to this year’s proceedings is the introduction of 10 satellite venues. Cineworld Bradford, the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, Victoria Hall in Saltaire and Pocklington Arts Centre in York are just some of the venues that will be showcasing their own exclusive movies as part of BIFF, ensuring that this year’s event is more expansive than ever and justifying Bradford’s status as the world’s inaugural Unesco City of Film.


Perrier’s Bounty, directed by Ian Fitzgibbon and written by Mark O’Rowe, will be given its UK premiere in the opening night gala. The film stars Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Sunshine), Jim Broadbent (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Hot Fuzz) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Cold Mountain) and centres on a young layabout who finds himself on the run with a bounty on his head with his estranged father and his neighbour after accidentally killing one of Perrier’s henchmen.

Reminiscent of In Bruges, this comedy-thriller looks likely to set the tone for the quality of films throughout this year’s festival.

The closing night gala features the ‘world digital premiere’ of Lionel Jefferies’ The Railway Children, starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins and Sally Thomsett. The stars themselves are set to be guests for an evening celebrating the 40th anniversary of this well-loved British movie.

The festival’s celebration of film will be giving audiences an insight into new Canadian cinema, the US indie circuit, the importance of the short film and, of course, previews and premieres of the new cinema from countries around the world including France, Iran, Germany and Mexico.

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Six movies to watch out for…

Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans

No, not the notorious Abel Ferrara film starring Harvey Keitel, but Werner Herzog’s new take on the cocaine-snorting, dope-smoking, corrupt cop. Nicolas Cage stars as troubled lawman Terence McDonagh, investigating the murder of Senagalese immigrants whilst trying to deal with the vices that are making his life almost impossible. Co-starring the beautiful Eva Mendes (Hitch) and Val Kilmer (Heat), this has all the hallmarks of a unique and memorable film.

The Calling

Directed by Jan Dunn (Ruby Blue), this film tells the story of nuns whose lives are turned on their heads by the arrival of Joanna (Emily Beecham), a university student who leaves her course to follow the calling she has felt since being a child. With a cast comprising Brenda Blethyn (secrets and Lies), Susannah York (The Killing Of Sister George), Amanda Donohoe (Castaway) and Rita Tushingham (A Taste Of Honey), this is sure to be a riveting and wonderfully performed movie.

Four Lions

Directed by ever-controversial Chris Morris and starring the brilliant Riz Ahmed (Shifty), new comedy Four Lions follows four young jihadists who set out to kill for their extremist cause, but discover that they’re just too stupid to be successful terrorists. Expect edgy satire and lots of uncomfortable humour from the man behind Brass Eye.

No-one Knows About Persian Cats

This is a little gem from Iran about musicians Negar and Ashkan who decide to form their mini-uprising against the traditionalists and create an indie band so as to realise their ambition – to play in gigs all around Europe. At times feeling like a mini music videos sewn together and others like a docu-drama, No-one Knows About Persian Cats is an ambitious and entertaining attempt to highlight the struggles of young people in Iran.

Valhalla Rising

Best-known as Bond baddie Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Mads Mikklesen stars as a supernatural warrior One-Eye who, on escaping from captivity, finds his long journey home is overshadowed with war and bloodshed. Expect uncompromising, brutal violence and an overdose of blood-splattered bodies.

Crying With Laughter

This is Justin’s Molotnikov’s debut feature film centred on the stand-up comedy scene. At a quick glance the first thought is Judd Apatow’s overly long and ironically, pretty much unfunny Funny People…but this is so much more. This is a dark, menacing thriller with great performances from the lead Stephen McCole (Rushmore) as stand-up comic Joey Frisk and Malcolm Shields (Hallam Foe) as Frank Archer. This is not to be missed.

20/03/2010 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

It’s about the brazilian cinema

A film about struggling ballet dancers – with its premiere in one of the city’s favelas ? was the pick of this year’s Rio de Janeiro film festival. (more…)

13/12/2009 at 3:58 pm

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