The three most viewed art shows in the world in 2019, by the number of visitors a day, were all organised by the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.
Occupying the first and second spots in the The Art Newspaper ranking was the free travelling exhibition that offered a behind-the-scenes look at DreamWorks. Co-organised by the animation studio and Melbourne’s Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 11,380 visitors a day went to it at the CCBB Rio de Janeiro, while a further 9,277 daily saw it at the CCBB Belo Horizonte.
In third was Ai Weiwei’s travelling survey in Brazil— the highest-ranking show by a single artist in the list. More than 1.1 million people in total saw the exhibition in Brazil that started in São Paulo with stops in Belo Horizonte and Curitiba before arriving at the CCBB Rio de Janeiro, where it was seen by 9,172 visitors a day (around 600,000 in total).
The CCBB last topped the Art Newspaper survey in 2016 with another trio of shows, including one on Post-Impressionist masterpieces (9,700 visitors a day). The CCBB, which hosts free exhibitions at its four locations in Brazil, had nearly 5.6 million visitors in 2019—a 28% increase on 2018 and a 36% increase on 2017. Sadly numbers will not be the same in 2020.
Brazil will be represented in competition at the Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival by Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo’s period drama “All The Dead Ones” (Todos os Mortos), a film set in late 19th century São Paulo, shortly after the abolition of slavery.
The film focuses on a mother and her two daughters from a formerly wealthy coffee plantation-owning family that has gone into financial decline amid the changing backdrop of Brazil at the turn of the century. At the same time, the film follows the women’s former slaves who are struggling to find their place in society.
Dutra’s credits include “Good Manners” (As Boas Maneiras), edited by Gortardo, which won over 31 festival awards including the Locarno Film Festival jury prize in 2017, and at Festival do Rio l Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival it won best film, best cinematography, best supporting actress, the festival’s Felix Award and the FIPRESCI prize.
Most people would suspect that it would be São Paulo that is home to most of Brazil’s tallest buildings, but that is far from the case as the top of the list is now dominated by Balneário Camboriú in Santa Catarina. Balneário Camboriú is a major beach resort city with a main ocean boulevard called Avenida Atlântica (Atlantic Avenue). The city is located 96 km (60 miles) south of the city of Joinville, and 80 km (50 miles) north of the state capital, Florianópolis. The city has a population of around 125,000, which swells to over one million in the summer.
The recently inaugurated Infinity Coast Tower in Balneário Camboriú is now, at 235 metres, the tallest building in Brazil, but should be passed early in 2020 by the neighbouring Yachthouse Residence Club Towers that will top out at 281 metres, making the towers the second and third tallest buildings in South America, topped only by the Gran Torre Santiago in Chile.
The Mirante do Vale Building (Palacio W. Zarzur), at 170 metres, is São Paulo’s highest building, but was built way back in 1960, and is now 11th on the list of Brazil’s tallest buildings, while in Rio de Janeiro the Rio Sul Tower, built in 1980 and reaching 163 metres, remains the tallest and is 14th on the Brazil list. However in the centre of Rio you do still have Sugar Loaf (395 metres) and Corcovado (706 metres) mountains!
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.
Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s top newspapers, has published its annual magazine “O Melhor de São Paulo”, that selects the best restaurants, bars and specialty eateries in the city of São Paulo, the gastronomic capital of Brazil.
Folha had a specialist jury choose their favourites for 2019 and also polled its readers. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the size of São Paulo, the readers’ choice often includes establishments that have more than one branch in São Paulo.
So while it is difficult to eat badly in São Paulo, some of the restaurants you might look out for during a visit are.
Top restaurants in São Paulo according to the jury:
Best Restaurant: Maní
Family: Capim Santo
Arab: Sainte Marie
Brazilian: Balaio IMS
French: Ici Bistro
Latin American: Barú Marisquería
Pizzeria: Carlos Pizza
Portuguese: Tasca da Esquina
Steak House: A Casa do Porco
Top restaurants in São Paulo according to the readers polled by Datafolha
Family: Coco Bambu
Italian: Familia Mancini
Mineira: Consulado Mineiro
Steak House: Fogo de Chão
Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in Rio de Janiero’s Maracanã Stadium on Sunday 7 July to win its 9th Copa America. The victory also maintained Brazil’s record of winning the Copa America every time they have hosted it. Five times in total.
Brazil dominated the tournament, but it was the team’s first tournament win since picking up the Olympic gold medal in the Maracanã in 2106, and previously winning the Confederations Cup, also in the Maracanã, in 2013. It is a first Copa America title in 12 years.
Five Brazilian restaurants have been ranked in the world’s Top 100 for 2019. Highest ranked is Casa do Porco in São Paulo at number 39. Also in São Paulo are D.O.M. at 54 and Mani at 73.
Rio de Janeiro has two restaurants in the top 100. Lasai at number 74 and Oteque at 100.
For a full list of the World’s Top Restaurants visit The World’s Best
Following in the jet stream o Norwegian, it is now the turn of Virgin Atlantic to announce direct flights between the UK and Brazil. In this case a daily service as of 2020 from London Heathrow to São Paulo using the Boeing 787-9, Dreamliner, with an Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light offering.
This will be Virgin’s first South American route and it will join British Airways and LATAM Airlines in flying the London-São Paulo route direct, making Heathrow a very competitive hub to travel to-and-from Brazil and the rest of the south of South America.
Norwegian is scheduled to start flying direct to-and-from Rio de Janeiro and London Gatwick as of 31 March 2019. Norwegian will also use the Dreamliner. Briitish Airways also offers a daily direct service from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
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.
LATAM Airline will launch the first route connecting Israel and Latin America with a new flight from Tel Aviv to Santiago (Chile), via São Paulo (Brazil), as of December. There will be three weekly flights by Boeing 787 aircraft offering 217 economy seats and 30 in premium business.
For 2018 the airline has announced a further 14 international routes that include flights to Rome from São, Paulo, which began in March as well as new operations to Las Vegas (June), Boston (July), Lisbon, and from Fortaleza, in the Brazilian northeast, to Orlando, Florida.
The first scheduled nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Brazil will begin 2 June 2018 with services every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The initial seasonal service will operate through 30 September 2018. The route will then return on 15 December 2018 through 28 February 2019.
Brazil represents Las Vegas’seventh strongest overseas market and is the greatest source of international visitors from South America, with more than 150,000 Brazilians visiting annually.