12 Brazilian films in running for Oscar nomination

Brazil has announced the 12 films from which one will be chosen to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles as Brazil’s Oscar entry in the new category of best international feature film (previously Foreign Language). The list includes two documentaries (“Humberto Mauro” e “Espero tua (re)volta”) and two films that premiered in Cannes in May 2019

The 12 films are:

“Bacurau”, by Kleber Mendonça Filho
“Los silencios”, by Beatriz Seigner
“A vida invisível”, by Karim Aïnouz
“Sócrates”, by Alex Moratto
“A última abolição”, by Alice Gomes
“A voz do silêncio”, by André Ristum
“Bio”, by Carlos Gerbase
“Legalidade”, by Zeca Brito
“Humberto Mauro”, by André Di Mauro
“Espero tua (re)volta”. by Eliza Capai
“Chorar de Rir”, by Toniko Melo
“Simonal”, by Leonardo Domingues

The jury to choose the film to go forward is made up of directors Anna Muylaert, David Shürmann and Zelito Viana; producers Sara Silveira and Vania Catani; diretor of photography, Walter Carvalho; screenwriter Mikael de Albuquerque; critic, curator and founder of the festival É Tudo Verdade, Amir Labaki; and the director of Festival do Rio, Rio’s international film festival, Ilda Santiago.



Brazilian directors head for Cannes

Two Brazilian directors will have their films screened in the official section of this year’s Festival de Cannes

Carlos Diegues, who has had three films screen in competition at Cannes, will receive a special screening and the world premiere of his latest film “O Grande Circo Místico” (The Great Mystical Circus – photo). In 2012 Diegues’was chair of the Caméra d’or jury.

Sao Paulo born, LA based director Joe Penna, better known to his You Tube followers as Mystery Guitar Man, is to get a special midnight screening of his first feature, the thriller “Arctic” which stars Mads Mikkelsen, who headlined NBC’s Hannibal series.

Joe Penna

“Bingo: The King of the Mornings” gets UK release prior to Oscars

Brazilian director Daniel Rezende is visiting the UK to promote the release of his first feature, Bingo: The King of the Mornings, a hit in Brazil that is to be released of 15 December in the UK. The film has been submitted by Brazil for both the Academy Awards and the BAFTAS.

Although the film is Rezende’s first feature, the director already has an impressive CV which includes his Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning editing work on the Brazilian cult classic, City of God (2002), as well as his work on Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (2011), Robocop (2014), Blindness  (2008) and The Motorcycle Diaries  (2004).

Bingo tells the true story of Augusto (Vladimir Brichta), an irreverent Brazilian actor who was searching for his place in the spotlight. Augusto was an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following in the footsteps of his mother, a respected stage artist in the 1950’s. While starring in soft porn and TV soap operas, Augusto finally got the chance to conquer the crowds when he was cast as “BINGO”, a clown who hosted a children’s colourful morning TV programme. With his irreverent humour and natural talent, the show became a huge hit in Brazil, but a clause in his contract forbade him from revealing his true identity behind the mask. A Brazilian Stig!

In the process of finding stardom Augusto became an anonymous celebrity. With his makeup on, he brought happiness to children across Brazil, but not to his own son, Gabriel, that saw his father distancing himself from him as he went in search of recognition.

Filled with irony and humour and an exaggerated pop look from the backstage universe of the Brazilian 80’s television, Bingo: The King of the Mornings tells the incredible and surreal story of a man that whilst looking for his artistic value, ends up finding his personal decay.

It is not easy to define Bingo by picking out only one matter,” explains Rezende. “Essentially it is about a personal search for recognition, about a man’s quest to find his place in the spotlight that ends up hidden behind a mask. There’s something very contemporary in this topic, we all want to be recognised by our parents, by our children, by our friends. But it is also a film about the relationship between father and son. The protagonist is in such a crazy hunt to be recognised as an artist that he ends up distancing himself from his son. He is on TV, making a lot of children laugh every day, but not his own.”

Brazil picks “The Way He Looks” for the 87th Oscars

A046_C002_0101D2Daniel Ribeiro’s Hojé eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks) has been chosen to represent Brazil in the Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Award. The film, which won the Teddy Award and FIPRESCI prize at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, tackles LGBT issues.

Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, Ribeiro’s coming of age tale is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who is fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana, grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo.

A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. The nominations will be announced 15 January 2015 in Los Angeles.The other Latin American submissions are:

Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Cuba, “Conducta,” Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
Dominican Republic, “Cristo Rey,” Leticia Tonos, director;
Ecuador, “Silence in Dreamland,” Tito Molina, director;
Mexico, “Cantinflas,” Sebastián del Amo, director;
Panama, “Invasion,” Abner Benaim, director;
Peru, “The Gospel of the Flesh,” Eduardo Mendoza, director;
Uruguay, “Mr. Kaplan,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.


Première Brasil 2014 – Festival do Rio

festival-do-rioThe selection for this year’s Première Brasil, has been announced in Rio de Janeiro, and consists of 41 features and 28 shorts.

Première Brasil 2014 includes ten feature films, ten feature length documentaries and sixteen shorts in the main competition. A further five features and two documentary features will screen hors concours, while other Brazilian productions will screen in special Première Brasil sidebars such as Portraits and New Trends.


  • Ausência, by Chico Teixeira, 84’ World Premiere (SP)
  • Casa Grande, by Fellipe Barbosa, 115’ (RJ)
  • Love Film Festival, by Manuela Dias, 100’ World Premier (RJ)
  • O Fim De Uma Era, by Bruno Safadi and Ricardo Pretti 73’ World Premier (RJ)
  • O Fim e os Meios, by Murilo Salles, 105’ World Premier (RJ)
  • O Outro Lado do Paraíso, by André Ristum, 100’ World Premier (SP)
  • Último Cine Drive-in, by Iberê Carvalho, 98’ World PremierL (DF)
  • Obra, by Gregorio Graziosi, 80’ (SP)
  • Prometo um dia deixar essa cidade, by Daniel Aragão Brasil, 90’ World Premier (PE)
  • Sangue Azul, by Lírio Ferreira, 114’ (SP)


  •  À Queima Roupa, by Theresa Jessouroun, 90’ World Premier (RJ)
  • A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos, by Maíra Bühler  and Matias Mariani, 91’ (SP)
  • Campo de Jogo, by Eryk Rocha, 71’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Esse Viver Ninguém me Tira, by Caco Ciocler, 72’ (DF)
  • Favela Gay, by Rodrigo Felha, 71’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Meia Hora E As Manchetes Que Viram Manchete, by Angelo Defanti, 81’ World Premier (RJ)
  • My Name is Now, Elza Soares, by Elizabete Martins Campos, 71’ World Premier (MG)
  • O Estopim, by Rodrigo Mac Niven, 87’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Porque Temos Esperança, by Susanna Lira, 71’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Samba & Jazz,  by Jefferson Mello, 90’ (RJ)


  • Cine Paissandu: Histórias de uma Geração, by Christian Jafas, 15’ (RJ) – Documentary
  • E o amor foi se tornando cada dia mais distante, by Alexander de Moraes, 9’, (RJ) – Documentary
  • Mater Dolorosa, by Tamur Aimara and Daniel Caetano, 12’ (RJ) – Documentary
  • Cloro, by Marcelo Grabowsky, 15’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • Barqueiro, by José Menezes and Lucas Justiniano, 15’ (SP) – FIC
  • Outono, by Anna Azevedo, 12’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • O Clube, by Allan Ribeiro, 15’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • Edifício Tatuapé Mahal, by Carolina Markowicz and Fernanda Salloum, 9’ (SP) – Fiction
  • Menino da Gamboa, by Pedro Perazzo and Rodrigo Luna, 14’ (BA) – Fiction
  • Diário de Novas Lembranças, by João Pedro Oct, 13’ (SP) – Fiction
  • Historia Natural, by Julio Cavani, 12’ (PE) – Fiction
  • The Yellow Generation, by Daniel Sake 7’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • Kyoto, by Deborah Viegas, 8’ (SP) – Fiction
  • Loja de Répteis, by Pedro Severien, 15’ (PE) – Fiction
  • Max Uber, by Andre Amparo, 15’ (MG) – Fiction
  • Sem Título # 1: Dance of Leitfossil,  by Carlos Adriano, 6’ (SP) – Documentary


  • A Luneta Do Tempo , by Alceu Valença, 97’ (PE)
  • Boa Sorte, by Carolina Jabor, 90’ (RJ)
  • El Ardor, by Pablo Fendrik, 90’ (RJ)
  • Infância, by Domingos Oliveira, 84’ (RJ)
  • Trinta, by Paulo Machline, 94’ World Premier (SP)


  • Brincante, by Walter Carvalho, 92’ World Premier (SP)
  • Cássia, by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle, 120’ World Premier (RJ)


  • Compêndio, by Eugenio Puppo and Ricardo Carioba, 15’ (SP) – Fiction
  • Pé sem chão, by Sérgio Ricardo, 14’ (RJ) – Fiction


  • A Revolução do Ano, by Diogo Faggiano, 76’ World Premier (SP)
  • Castanha, by Davi Pretto, 95’ (RS)
  • Deserto Azul, by Eder Santos, 94’ World Premier (MG)
  • Hamlet, by Cristiano Burlan, 90’ World Premier (SP)
  • Permanência, by Leonardo Lacca, 85’ World Premier (PE)
  • Seewatchlook o que você vê quando olha o que enxerga?, by Michel Melamed, 79’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Tudo vai ficar da cor que você quiser, by Letícia Simões, 75’ World Premier (RJ)


  • A Deusa Branca, by Alfeu França, 30’ (RJ) – Documentary
  • Indícios 3 – quanto tempo a gente precisa ficar andando no mesmo lugar para dar um passo, by Dannon Lacerda, 12’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • La Llamada, by Gustavo Vinagre, 19’ (SP) – Documentary
  • O Bom Comportamento, by Eva Randolph, 20’ (RJ) – Fiction
  • O Rei, by Larissa Figueiredo, 25’ (PR) – Documentary
  • Tenho um dragão que mora comigo, by Wislan Esmeraldo, 17’ (CE) – Fiction


  • O Vento Lá Fora, by Marcio Debellian, 62’ World Premier (RJ)
  • De Gravata e Unha Vermelha, by Miriam Chnaiderman, 86’ (SP)
  • Guardiões do Samba, by Eric and Marc Belhassen, 81’ World Premier (SP)
  • Ídolo, de Ricardo Calvet, 103’ World Premier (RJ)
  • Para Sempre Teu Caio F., by Cande Salles , 90’ World Premier (RJ)


  • Andrea Tonacci, by Rodrigo Grota, 25’ (PR) – Documentary
  • Araca – O Samba em Pessoa, by Aleques Eiterer, 20’ (RJ) – Documentary
  • Caetana, by Felipe Nepomuceno, 15’ (RJ) – Documentary
  • Nora, by Gabriel Mendes and Fernando Munõz , 7’ (RJ) – Documentary


  • Na Quebrada, by Fernando Grostein Andrade, 90’ (SP)


  • Encantados, by Tizuka Yamasaki, 78’ World Premier (RJ)

First trailer for “Rio, Eu Te Amo”

The first trailer for “Rio, Eu Te Amo“, which is part of the Cities of Love series, has been released. Produced by Conspiração Filmes, Empyrean Pictures and BossaNovaFilms, the film is set for an 11 September release in Brazil.

Among the directors involved in the project are Paolo Sorrentino, Vicente Amorim, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Stephan Elliott, Sang-soo Im, Nadine Labaki, Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, Carlos Saldanha and Andrucha Waddington. Actors include Fernanda Montenegro, Rodrigo Santoro, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, Cláudia Abreu, John Turturro, Emily Mortimer, Marcelo Serrado, Harvey Keitel and Vanessa Paradis.

Brazilian animated film wins top prize at Annecy Film Festival

Boy and the WorldAle Abreu’s The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo), which screened at Festival do Rio in Première Brasil: New Trends, has taken the top prizes at the prestigious international animation festival in Annecy. The film won both the festival’s Cristal Award as well as the audience award for favourite film during the 38th festival.

This is the second year in a row that a Brazilian feature has won the top prize. In 2013 the Cristal Award went to Luiz Bolognesie’s Uma história de amor e fúria (Rio 2096).

Julien Temple’s “Rio 50 Degrees”

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 13.52.51Julien Temple’s “Rio 50 Degrees”, in part developed by Critical Divide, the publisher of Brazil the Guide, received its world premiere screening as the opening gala of the BBC’s Art Screen Festival at the Glasgow Film Theatre on 10 April.

The film, which takes a look at Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares to host two of the world’s most high-profile events: the FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, will be broadcast on the BBC as part of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series.

Julien Temple with the BBC's Kirsty Walk

Julien Temple with the BBC’s Kirsty Wark

Festival do Rio unveils Première Brasil selection for 2013

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Festival do Rio, South America’s largest and most important film festival, has unveiled the line up for Première Brasil. Première Brasil is the only competitive section of Festival do Rio with jury prizes to be presented at the end of the festival. Three highly prized audience awards will also be bestowed on the best Brazilian feature film, best documentary and best short film.

Première Brasil, which has as its festival home the historic Odeon Petrobras (photo) in Cinelandia in downtown Rio de Janeiro, is the beating heart of Festival do Rio, and the best annual global showcase of contemporary Brazilian cinema.

This year’s Première Brasil includes eleven feature films, eight feature length documentaries and seventeen shorts in competition. A further three features and five documentary features will screen hors concours, while other Brazilian productions will screen in special Première Brasil sidebars such as Portraits and New Trends.


  • OS AMIGOS (Best Friends), by Lina Chamie (SP), 89’
  • DE MENOR (Underage), by Caru Alves de Souza (SP), 77’
  • ENTRE NÓS (Sheep’s Clothing), by Paulo Morelli (SP), 97’
  • ESTRADA 47 – A MONTANHA (Road 47 – The Mountain), by Vicente Ferraz (SP), 107’
  • O HOMEM DAS MULTIDÕES (The Man of the Crowd), by Marcelo Gomes e Cao Guimarães (MG), 93’
  • JOGO DAS DECAPITAÇÕES (Beheadings Game), by Sérgio Bianchi (SP), 96’
  • O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA (A Wolf at the Door), by Fernando Coimbra (SP), 100’
  • MINUTOS ATRÁS (Past Minut), by Caio Sóh (RJ), 106’
  • PERISCÓPIO (Periscope), by Kiko Goifman (SP), 80’
  • QUASE SAMBA (Lyrics), by Ricardo Targino (RJ), 90’
  • TATUAGEM (Tattoo), by Hilton Lacerda (PE), 110


  • CATIVAS, PRESAS PELO CORAÇÃO (Captive Hearts), by Joana Nin (PR), 77’
  • CIDADE DE DEUS – 10 ANOS DEPOIS (City of God – 10 Years Later),by Cavi Borges & Luciano Vidigal (RJ), 75’
  • CONVERSA COM JH (Writers Block), by Ernesto Rodrigues (RJ), 93’ DAMAS DO SAMBA (Lady’s Samba), by Susanna Lira (RJ), 75’
  • A FARRA DO CIRCO (Ruckus in the Circus), by Roberto Berliner & Pedro Bronz (RJ), 94’
  • FLA x FLU (Fla x Flu), by Renato Terra (SP), 85’
  • A GENTE (Custodians), by Aly Muritiba (PR), 99’
  • HISTÓRIAS DE ARCANJO – UM DOCUMENTÁRIO SOBRE TIM LOPES (Stories of Arcanjo – a documentary about Tim Lopes), by Guilherme Azevedo (RJ), 84’.


  • EDUCAÇÃO SENTIMENTAL (Sentimental Education), by Julio Bressane (RJ), 84’
  • GATA VELHA AINDA MIA (Never too Old to Meow), by Rafael Primot (SP), 86’
  • MATO SEM CACHORRO (The Dognapper), by Pedro Amorim (RJ), 121’


  • CAUBY – COMEÇARIA TUDO OUTRA VEZ (Cauby – I Would Start All Over Again), by Nelson Hoineff (RJ), 80’
  • FEIO, EU? (Ugly, Me?), by Helena Ignez (SP), 70’
  • MATARAM MEU IRMÃO (They Killed My Brother), by Cristiano Burlan (SP), 77’;
  • SERRA PELADA: A LENDA DA MONTANHA DE OURO (The Legend Of the Golden Mountain), by Victor Lopes (RJ), 90’.
  • VINTE – RioFilme, 20 anos de cinema brasileiro (Twenty), by Carlos Diegues (RJ) 80

‘Amazonia’ to open Rio’s International Film Festival


The Brazilian-French co-production, Amazonia, filmed in 3D and directed by Thierry Ragobert, has been chosen as the opening film for Festival do Rio.

Rio’s international film festival opens on 26 September and runs through 10 October 2013.

The film tells the story of Kong, a young monkey raised in captivity that survives a plane crash and must adapt to life in the Amazon. With a R$26 million budget (US$10 million), the film is the biggest production ever shot in the Amazon.

Amazônia is scheduled to close the Venice Film Festival on 8 September and will also screen in Toronto.