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.

Rio in Focus in Two New Films Announced in Cannes

It has been announced at the Cannes Film Festival that Rio de Janeiro based TV Zero has joined forces with the UK’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) to produce Streetkids United II. It is one of two films announced in Cannes that will focus on life in Rio de Janeiro.

The film is the follow up to the hugely successful Streetkids United and will be made to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup that is being organized by the Amos Trust and the ABC Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“In 2014 Rio de Janeiro will play host to the second Street Child World Cup and will look to build on the success of the inaugural tournament that took place in Durban prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,” explains F&ME’s Sam Taylor. “The 2014 event will bring teams of street children together from 20 countries to compete and to make their voices heard. As with the first Streetkids United film – our goal is to tell the story of the children and the event – and through it draw the world’s attention to the terrible plight of street children across the globe, and the fact that these children are somebody.”

The 2014 Street Child World Cup will be hosted by the Action for Brazil’s Children’s Trust, a UK registered NGO that is dedicated to helping street children and the most vulnerable young people in Brazil. The charity’s patrons include Pelé, Fernando Meirelles, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Jeremy Irons and Juliette Lewis.

“We are currently working with TV Zero to find the right Brazilian director for the project. To get right to the heart of the issue we want a director that will become fully entrenched and deeply involved in the lives of the street child community in Rio,” producer Mike Downey told Brazil the Guide. “About the only challenge we won’t have is finding a Brazilian director with an interest and knowledge of football.”

Founded in 1991, TV Zero is one of Brazil’s most successful and dynamic production houses that in 2011 was responsible for Bruna Surfistinha that sold over 2 million admissions and grossed over US$10 million at the Brazilian box office.

“As a production company we have produced a number of films that deal with both football and social inequality,” says TV Zero’s Rodrigo Letier. “It will be an incredible experience to link these important themes in the sequel to an already very successful film. Sadly street children are an important part of life in Rio, but it will be a great experience to share an uplifting story about them for a change”.

Children of the Revolution: This is Rio

TV Zero is already working with Taylor and Downey’s F&ME on Julien Temple’s highly anticipated music documentary feature Children of the Revolution: This is Rio, which begins shooting later this year in Rio de Janeiro. In Cannes, where it was chosen by Variety as one of the Brazilian film projects to watch, it was announced that the project has now been joined by Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots.

Julien Temple filming in Rio de Janeiro

The German producers, Arne Ludwig and Joerg Siepmann, will bring a key part of the final financing to complement the existing funding from RioFilme, world sales company Ealing Metro International, and support from a number of Rio based audiovisual production and promotional funds.

2Pilots has also brought on board German distributor Rapid Eye Movies to release the film theatrically in Germany and is in an ‘advanced stage of negotiations with German broadcasters.’

The documentary, which has been written by Temple, Helen Beltrame and Chris Pickard, will look at the musical, social, political, and cultural revolutions that have taken place in Rio since the late 1960s to today.

The film, which is fully prepped, is expected to start shooting in September after Temple has finished the release schedule for his London Olympic feature, BabyLon/don. Temple has already been scouting in Rio where he met and talked with Seu Jorge, Lenine, Nelson Motta, Roberto Medina, Kassin + Berna, Sanny Pitbull and B Negao, among others, as well as getting reacquainted with old friends from the time he shot with the Sex Pistols and Mick Jagger in Rio.