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Berlinale review: Tropa de Elite 2 (Photos & Videos)

In 2008 at the Berlin International Film Festival (aka the Berlinale; /ber-lee-nah-lae/) a Brazilian movie that depicted the work of Rio de Janeiro’s special police force BOPE won the prestigious golden bear award for best film. The police unit, which often shows up in Human Rights Watch reports and is considered one of the toughest and most professional urban warfare units in the world is the spearhead of the crime-ridden city’s law enforcement policy and has a reputation of being comparatively non-corrupt. Jose Padilha, the director, originally wanted to turn fact accounts from the book of the similar name into a documentary but they changed course and subsequently made one of the most successful Brazilian movies ever.

25/02/2011 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Finance: Brazil boosts protectionism for local films

Brazil is taking extra steps to protect its film industry even as the homegrown movie “Elite Squad 2” just became the country’s most popular film ever, surpassing “Avatar” in the process.
A new presidential decree, signed a day before outgoing President “Lula” da Silva delivered office to Dilma Roussef on Saturday, increases the screen quota for exhibition of local films in all Brazilian (more…)

08/01/2011 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Film of the week: “Elite Squad 2”, Dir: José Padilha

Armed men run through a favela in a scene from Tropa de Elite 2

Why Brazilian film Elite Squad 2 is a box office hit?
As 2010 draws to a close, Brazilian cinema is reflecting on a success story that has broken a 34-year old box office record.
Since 1976, the country’s most popular national film had been a love story, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, seen by more than 10 million cinema-goers and thought to be virtually unbeatable in the box office.
But this month, a gritty movie about police corruption in Rio de Janeiro’s shanty towns overtook Dona Flor’s total and seems set to soon pass the 11 million mark.
The film, Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro (Elite Squad 2: Now We Have Another Enemy), is a sequel to the 2007 hit, Elite Squad. (more…)

07/01/2011 at 12:54 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

Today at BFI “South American Renaissance”: Bus 174 (Trailer)

Bus 174

Shocking and sobering documentary which ponders the social conditions that turned a homeless street kid into a bus hijacker.
7 Aug 20:40 (more…)

07/08/2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Today at BFI “South American Renaissance”: Bus 174 (Trailer)

Bus 174

Shocking and sobering documentary which ponders the social conditions that turned a homeless street kid into a bus hijacker.
3 Aug 18:15


03/08/2010 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

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