3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London

3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London

First European leg of the Inffinito Festival circuit 2011 displays Brazilian productions as Man from the Future and honors the career of Paula Barreto

Inffinito Festival circuit continues the celebration of 15 years as the largest showcase of Brazilian cinema abroad and after successful editions in New York (June) and Miami (August) in the United States, it arrives in London, England. From the 6th to the 10th of September, the British capital receives the first European leg of the circuit this year. The 3rd edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of London showcases the best of Brazilian filmmaking – among features and shorts – such as Henrique Dantas’ documentary The Sons of João – The Admirable New Baiano World (released in Brazil in July), Claudio Torres’ Man from the Future (set to open in September) and Eduardo Vaisman’s 180 °, among other films selected by names as Fernando Meirelles and Bianca of Felippe. The program also includes the Crystal Lens Award Ceremony, for Best Feature Film chosen by the audience, and a WFTV tribute (Women in Film and Television) to producer Paula Barreto.

By promoting festivals such as the Brazilian Film Festival of London, Inffinito reaffirms its commitment to promote and disseminate Brazilian audiovisual products worldwide, strengthening Brazil’s image and creating a favorable environment for new business prospects among professionals. In doing so, the festival brings people to the cinemas a curious audience made up of locals, Brazilian living abroad and tourists of different nationalities.

The 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London kicks off on September 6th with its opening ceremony at the prestigious BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Arts) showing Claudio Torres’ hors concours, Man from the Future, to open in the Brazilian trade circuit on September 2nd. After that, Odeon Covent Garden will host sessions of ten feature films and nine shorts from the 2010/2011 pickings. Behind the selection of its films is Inffinito Festival circuit curators team, presented this year by director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), producer Paula Barreto (Lula, the son of Brazil), distributor Marco Aurelio Marcondes, film B director Paulo Sérgio Almeida, Migdal director Iafa Britz (Our Home), and producer and distributor Bianca de Felippe (Carlota Joaquina).

Competing for the Grand jury prize for Best Feature Film: Charly Braun’s Beyond the Road, Roberto Santucci’s Head over Heels, Henrique Dantas’ The Sons of João – The Admirable New Baiano World, Malu de Martino’s So Hard to Forget, Eduardo Vaisman’s 180 °, Isabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s Elza, Toniko Melo’s VIPs, Arnaldo Jabor’s The Supreme Happiness, and Flavio Frederico’s Boca.

Shorts that are featuring but not competing: Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra’s The True Story of the Ballerina in Red, Robert Guimarães’ Cake, Christopher Faust’s Beard Boy, Bruno Vianna’s Little Ball Satellite, Augusto Canani’s The Bizarre Friends of Ricardinho, Cesar Cabral’s animation Storm, Heraldo Cavalcanti’s The Hours’ Home, Caue Nunes’ 3X4, and Daniela Santos’ One Night.

3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London’s Closing Night, on September 10th, at Odeon Covent Garden presents there will be the Crystal Lens Award for Best Film (created by artist Helena Bressane) along with the WFTV Award (Women in Film and Television) in honour to Paula Barreto, following by the screening of her first film, Romeo and Juliet get married, directed by her brother, Bruno Barreto.

Partners

Promoted by Inffinito, the 3rd Brazilian Film Festival of London is presented by BNDES, with support from the Brazilian Government and Ancine. The event is also supported by the University of East London (UEL), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Lycamobile, Branding Latin America and Gaucho bringing media partners such as: Contigo, MPB FM, Beta magazine, The Brazilian Post, Little White Lies Magazine, Real Magazine and FilmJuice. The festival official hotel is the Westbury.

About Inffinito

Founded in 1995 by Adriana L. Dutra, Cláudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli, Inffinito is today one of the most important cultural production house in Brazil and the largest showcase of Brazilian cinema abroad.
The group that is formed by Inffinito Art and Culture Centre, Inffinito Events and Productions (Brazil) and Inffinito Foundation (U.S.), aims to attract new businesses to Brazil, promoting products, services and Brazilian tourism in the international market.
Inffinito Festival Circuit – the only circuit of Brazilian cinema in the world – also produces films in all formats: short, medium and feature, and TV. Some of its productions are: Adriana L. Dutra’s documentary Smoking I Wait (2009) and TV series of same name (broadcasted in Brazil); Viviane B. Spinelli and Dulce Bressane’s documentary Pioneers (2008), and Vivian B. Spinelli’s MT Caravan: Concert for Peace on the Road (2008) among others.
Inffinito is also responsible for cultural events in Brazil such as: Verão do Rio, Conexão Samba, Redecard Conexão Brasil, B-a-bá do Cinema Nacional, Projeto Ecocine & Expo Lamsa – Arte de Comunidade among many others.

"It’s very rewarding to see the excitement, interest and curiosity that our cinema provokes outside its territory." Paula Barreto
"The cinema market in Brazil is piping hot with a good batch of films that have taken a large audience to our national production. We have to make room for these films make it through our borders and conquer other audiences." Bianca de Fellipe
"The Inffinito Festival Circuit is the most democratic and shows that Brazilian cinema already had abroad so far. It operates in key cities with different concepts and always with great local visibility." Paulo Sergio Almeida
"It’s great to show the kind of film we’re doing, the quality, content, always cultivate the trade and cultural exchange with other countries." Iafa Britz
"One of the key issues of our industry is to set our movies ‘to travel’. To show them worldwide in a systematic way, in events like the Inffinito Festival Circuit, is essential to demonstrate how diverse and plural is our film." Marco Aurelio Marcondes

FEATURE FILMS

6th SEPTEMBER – Tuesday
8.3OPM – OPENING NIGHT @ BAFTA
European Premiere of Claudio Torres’ MAN FROM THE FUTURE followed by Q&A with producer Leonardo Monteiro de Barros

MAN FROM THE FUTURE
Comedy / HD / 103min / Colour / 2011

Synopsis
Zero is a brilliant and lonely scientist who believes he is unhappy because twenty years ago he was humiliated by the love of his life. When he tries to create a revolutionary source of energy, he accidentally goes back to the past and sees himself in the opportunity to meet his 20-years-younger self and “correct” the mistakes in his own life. Trying to manipulate the path of time is much harder and confusing than what it seems.
Cast & Credits

Director: Claudio Torres
Screenplay: Claudio Torres
Producers: Claudio Torres and Tatiana Quintella
Executive Producers: Eliana Soarez and Pedro Buarque de Hollanda
Art Director: Yurika Yamasaki
Cinematography: Ricardo Della Rosa, ABC
Editing: Sergio Mekler
Direct Sound: Jorge Saldanha
Cast: Wagner Moura, Alinne Moraes, Fernando Ceylão, Maria Luisa Mendonça and Gabriel Braga Nunes

7th to 10th SEPTEMBER
SCREENINGS @ ODEON COVENT GARDEN

BEYOND THE ROAD
Fiction / 35mm / Colour / 85min / 2010

Synopsis
Santiago, an Argentine in his late twenties, sets out to Uruguay to claim a land inherited from his parents, killed tragically some years earlier. As he arrives, he meets Juliette, a young Belgian girl in search of a past love and a new life. What seemed to be just a simple ride turned into a brief but intense journey. Together, they visit places and meet people lost in time, sharing experiences that bring them closer in a relationship of growing affection and tenderness.

Cast & Credits
Director: Charly Braun
Screenplay: Charly Braun
Executive Producer: Charly Braun
Art Direction: Agniezka Kuroslawski
Cinematography: Bruno Ramos and Pablo Alzaga
Editing: Charly Braun
Direct Sound: Alvaro Riet
Sound Editing: Luiz Adelmo
Cast: Esteban Feune de Colombi, Jill Mulleady and Guilhermina Guinle

Head Over Heels
Comedy / HD / 97min / Colour / 2010

Synopsis
Head over Heels is a romantic comedy that examines the joys and hardships of contemporary love life: its limits, joys, fantasies and grievances. Alice, 35, is married with one son. Workaholic, her professional career steals most of her time … And virtually all her libido! In a twist of fate, she looses her husband and her job at the same time. Stunned, she decides to change radically and embrace a unique opportunity: to become a sex shop executive! In this new erotic world, she transforms herself and rediscovers pleasure and the ability to love.
Cast & Credits
Director: Roberto Santucci
Screenplay: Marcelo Saback and Paulo Cursino
Executive Producer: Camila Medina
Production: Mariza Leão
Art Director: Renata Pinheiro
Cinematography: Antonio Luiz Mendes
Editing: Marcelo Morais
Sound: Zezé d’Alice
Cast: Ingrid Guimarães, Bruno Garcia, Maria Paula, Denise Weinberg, Antônio Pedro, João Fernandes, Cristina Pereira, Rodrigo Candelot, Marcos Pasquim and Flavia Alessandra

THE SONS OF JOAO – THE ADMIRABLE NEW BAIANO WORLD
Documentary / HD / Color / 76min / 2010

Synopsis
The film richly portrays the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) scene during 60s and 70s, through the path of the innovative and revolutionary music group Novos Baianos. It particularly reveals the influence that Joao Gilberto had in their musical lives and his valuable contribution to the improvement of the songs composed and sung by the group. The film also illustrates a time when the members led a communitarian style of life and its impact on their final work. The film features unique and rare archival materials of the best MPB music and cameos from Tom Ze, Rogério Duarte, Orlando Senna, Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, among others.
Cast & Credits
Director: Henrique Dantas
Screenplay: Henrique Dantas
Production: Adler Paz, Bau Carvalho e Solange Lima
Executive Producer: Henrique Dantas
Director of Photography: Hans Harold
Editing: Bau Carvalho and Henrique Dantas
Sound: Nicolas Hallet and Paulinho Seabra
Cast: Tom Zé, Rogério Duarte, Orlando Senna, Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, Mário Luiz de Carvalho Thompson, among others
Distribution: Pipa Movies

SO HARD TO FORGET
Drama / 35mm / Colour / 100min / 2010

Synopsis
Julia is trying to get her life back after an intense love affair with Antonia. In this process she will find new friends who are also experiencing loss of important things in their lives. They share the experience of pain, a feeling of solitude and, above all, a desire for better times.
Cast & Credits
Director: Malu de Martino
Screenplay: Sabina Anzuategui, Siliva Lourenço, Douglas Dwight, Daniel Guimarães, Luiza Leite
Executive Producer: Elisa Tolomelli
Art Director: Rafael Ronconi
Cinematography: Heloisa Passos
Editing: Peter Rossi
Direct Sound: Paulo Ricardo Nunes
Sound Editing: Waldir Xavier
Cast: Ana Paula Arosio, Murilo Rosa, Natalia Lage, Arieta Correa, and Bianca Comparato
180 º
Drama / 35mm / Colour / 85min / 2010

Synopsis
180 ° tells the story of Anna, Russel and Bernardo, three members of the urban intellectual middle class in Rio de Janeiro. They risk it all in a game of passion involving the authorship of a book. The non-linear narrative invites the spectator to piece together an elaborate puzzle, the solution of which can be found in the characters’ past as well as their present.
Cast & Credits
Director: Eduardo Vaisman
Screenplay: Claudia Mattos
Executive Producer: Luis Vidal, Gisela Camara, Eduardo Vaisman and Claudia Mattos
Art Director: Emily Pirmez
Cinematography: Thiago Lima
Editing: Anna Tan
Direct Sound: Valeria Ferro
Sound Editing: Ricardo Cutz
Cast: Eduardo Moscovis, Malu Galli and Felipe Abib

ELZA
Documentary / HD / Colour / 72min / 2009

Synopsis
Elza Soares is renowned as one of Brazil’s original samba superstars whose career has spanned 50 years. A remarkable singer and show woman, Soares was known for the uniting traditional samba sounds with modern touches that leant her songs a multigenerational appeal. Directos Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s documentary Elza explores her repertoire’s diversity and presents a series of encounters with renowned Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Paulinho da Viola and Maria Bethania.
Cast & Credits
Director: Izabel and Ernesto Jaguaribe Baldan
Screenplay: Suzana Macedo
Production: José Araújo Gonzaga
Cinematography: Ernesto Baldan and Stefan Hess
Editing: Joan Ventura
Starring: Elza Soares, Paulinho da Viola, Maria Bethania, Caetano, Mart’nália, Haroldo Costa and Hermano Vianna

VIPS
Drama / HD / Colour / 98min / 2010

Synopsis
Since childhood, Marcelo da Rocha has found it difficult to come to terms with his own identity. His greatest pleasure is to imitate people and pretend to be someone else. Feeding the dream of learning to fly and become a pilot like his father, Marcelo runs away from his mother’s house and begins the adventure of his life. He starts to impersonate a series of different characters, until he manages to perform his highest scam. At a big party in Recife, he poses as the businessman Henrique Constantino, whose father owns airline Gol.
Cast & Credits
Director: Toniko Melo
Producer: Fernando Meirelles, Paulo Morelli, Bel Berlinck
Writer: Bráulio Mantovani, AC and Thiago Dottori, AC
Art Director: Frederico Pinto
Cinematography: Mauro Pinheiro Jr., ABC
Editing: Gustavo Giani
Sound: Romeu Quinto, ABC
Sound Editing: Armando Torres Jr.
Cast: Wagner Moura, Arieta Corrêa, Gisele Froes, Julian Cazarre, Norival Rizzo, Roger Gobeth, João Francisco Tottene (Marcelo as a child).
Distribution: Universal Pictures

THE SUPREME HAPPINESS
Drama / 35mm / 127 min / Colour / 2010

Synopsis
The Supreme Happiness is the story of a middle class family in their quest for happiness. Set in the enchanted and marvelous Rio de Janeiro of the late 50s, the plot follows Paulo, from 10 until 18 years old of age, while he discovers the wonders of love and sex, backed up by the strong friendship he has with his grandfather.
Cast & Credits
Director: Arnaldo Jabor
Screenplay: Arnaldo Jabor
Executive Producer: Marcelo Torres
Art Direction: Tulé Peake
Cinematography: Lauro Escorel
Editing: Leticia Giffoni
Direct Sound: Romeu Quinto
Sound Editing: Miriam Biderman and Ricardo Reis
Cast: Marco Nanini Dan Stulbach, Mariana Lima, Maria Flor, John Michael, Jayme Matarazzo, Elke Maravilha, Maria Luisa Mendonca, and Tammy Di Calafiori

BOCA
Drama / 35mm / Colour / 100min / 2010

Synopsis
Adapted from the autobiography of Hirohito Joanides de Moraes, the film portrays the atmosphere and life of the King of Boca do Lixo, a region of prostitution in downtown São Paulo in the 50s. Born into a family of upper-middle class, Hirohito went to Boca just as a bohemian in search of sexual adventure, until a personal tragedy causes a change in your life. His father is viciously murdered and Hirohito is charged with the crime. Shortly thereafter, Hirohito buy two guns and moved to Boca, quickly becoming one of the most wanted criminals by the police.
Cast & Credits
Director: Flavio Frederico
Screenplay: Mariana Pamplona and Flavio Frederico
Producer: Flavio Frederico, Pablo Torrecillas and Rodrigo Castellar
Cinematography: Adrian Teijido
Art Director: Alberto Grimaldi
Editing: Vânia Debs
Sound: Gabriela Cunha
Cast: Daniel de Oliveira, Hermila Guedes, Brazil Jefferson, Milhen Cortaz, Paulo César Pereio, Maxwell Nascimento, Camila Leccioli, Juliana Galdino, Leandra Leal and Claudio Jaborandy

10th SEPTEMBER – Saturday
7PM – CLOSING NIGHT @ ODEON COVENT GARDEN
Special Screening of Bruno Barreto’s ROMEO AND JULIET GET MARRIED as a homage to producer PAULA BARRETO, who will receive the WFTV Award for her outstanding contribution to Brazilian cinema industry.
ROMEO AND JULIET GET MARRIED
Comedy / HD / Colour / 90min / 2004

Synopsis
Juliet, a die-hard Palmeiras fan falls in love with Romeo, die-hard fan of rival football team Corinthians. Juliet’s father would never accept such a son-in-law. Not wanting to loose Juliet, Romeo pretends to be a Palmeiras fan. The lie creates a series of hilarious twists and turns, and when the truth is revealed, the couple’s love must rise above their family sports rivalry.
Cast & Credits
Director: Bruno Barreto
Screenplay: Jandira Martini, Marcus Caruso and Bruno Barreto
Producer: Paula Barreto
Executive Producer: Francisco Ramalho Jr.
Cinematography: Adriano Goldman
Art Director: Cassio Amarante
Editing: Felipe Lacerda
Soundtrack: Guto Graca Mello
Cast: Luana Piovani, Marco Rica, Luiz Gustavo, Martha Mellinger, Leonardo Miggiorin, Mel Lisboa, Berta Zemmel, Marina Person, Renato Consorte, Ze Vasconcelos, Cybele Jacome and Rafael Golombeko.
Distributor: Buena Vista International

SHORT FILMS
THE TRUE STORY OF THE BALLERINA IN RED
Comedy / HD / Colour / 17min / 2010

Synopsis
Frames of a dancer by Edgar Degas abandoned the screen, get the world and disappear into Rio’s carnival, in a mixture of academia, avant-garde art and underground sex. The film was shot in Paris, NY and Rio.
Cast & Credits
Director: Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra
Screenplay: Alessandra Colassanti and Samir Abujamra
Executive Producer: Vânia Catani
Art Direction: Alessandra Colasanti
Cinematography: Samir Abujamra
Editing: Samir Abujamra and Alessandra Colasanti
Cast: Alessandra Colasanti, Cora Rona, Cissa Guimarães, Enrique Diaz, Marina
Colasanti, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna, Vera Holtz, among others

CAKE
Comedy / HD / Colour / 15min / 2010

Synopsis
Dirce is an evangelical housekeeper who turns upside down while eating piece of birthday cake. All of a sudden, she sees her repressed sensuality bloom and not even her boss will escape when the fire comes up. What she does not know is that her boss is gay and that his birthday cake is made of marijuana.
Cast & Credits
Director: Robert Guimarães
Screenplay: Robert Guimarães
Executive Producer: Isabella Nicolas
Art Direction: Robert Guimarães
Cinematography: Gabriel Mellin
Editing: Bernardo Jucá
Sound Editing: Carlos Trilha
Direct Sound: Marcel Costa and Pedro Moreira
Cast: Eriberto Leão, Fabiula Nascimento, Flavio Bauraqui, Catarina Abdala, Kiko Mascarenhas, Felipe Abib, Angela Rabello and Caike Luna

BEARD BOY
Comedy / HD / Colour / 14min / 2010

Synopsis
Fable about a child who, due to a rare disease, has a beard. Philip likes to be as it is, but feels out of place because other people tend to look at it differently.
Cast & Credits
Director: Christopher Faust
Screenplay: Christopher Faust
Executive Producer: Antônio Junior
Art Direction: Alex Rocca and Ana Paula Málaga
Cinematography: Maurício Baggio
Edition: Diego Florentino
Sound Editing: Alexander Rogoski
Sound Mixer: Alexandre Rogoski and João Marcelo Gomes
Cast: Vitor Steinhaus, Maureen Miranda and Ricardo Alberti

THE BIZARRE FRIENDS OF RICARDINHO
Comedy / 35mm / Colour / 20min / 2010

Synopsis
A strange trainee. A strenuous work. When the corporate pressure becomes unbearable, this young man is pushed to his limits; unexpectedly, he reacts, sharing with his new colleagues the small bizarre stories of his friends from Viamão, Southern Brazil. Inspired by the story of Ricardo Lilja, who plays himself in the film.

Cast & Credits
Director: Augusto Canani
Screenplay: Augusto Canani
Production: Liliana Sulzbach
Art Director: Vincente Saldanha
Cinematography: Alberto La Salvia
Editing: Lucas Gonzaga
Sound: Kiko Ferraz
Cast: Ricardo Lilja, Matheus Phillippi e João Diemer

STORM
Animation / 35mm / Colour / 10min / 2010

Synopsis
A lone sailor sails through stormy seas, seeking a reunion with his beloved. He follows a strict routine of chores until unexpected changes in his route change his destiny.
Cast & Credits
Director: Cesar Cabral
Screenplay: Cesar Cabral and Leandro Vieira Maciel
Executive Producer: Carolina Scalice
Art Director: Daniel Bruson
Cinematography: Alziro Barbosa
Editing: Cesar Cabral and Fernando Coimbra
Sound Editing: Claudio Augusto Ferreira and Fernanda Nascimento
Direct sound: Claudio Augusto Ferreira and Fernanda Nascimento

THE HOURS’S HOME
Drama / 35mm / Colour / 19min / 2010

Synopsis
Dona Celeste realizes that due to lack of time, no one looks at the sky anymore, homemade sweets now come in cans, and the city has lost the scent of the gardens, which no longer exist.
Cast & Credits
Director: Heraldo Cavalcanti
Screenplay: Heraldo Cavalcanti
Executive Producer: Heraldo Cavalcanti and Moisés Magalhães
Art Director: Heraldo Cavalcanti and Moisés Magalhães
Cinematography: Eusélio Oliveira (Xuxu)
Editing: Heraldo Cavalcanti
Sound Editing: Heraldo Cavalcanti and Érico Paiva
Direct Sound: Yures Viana
Cast: Nicette Bruno, Oscar Rooney, among others

3X4
Comedy / HD / Colour / 6min / 2010

Synopsis
Smith dreams of becoming a writer, but discovers that he hasn’t his own ideas. What to do? What to write?
Cast & Credits
Director: Caue Nunes
Screenplay: Caue Nunes and Maurício de Almeida
Executive Producer: Thais Sousa
Art Direction: Marcita
Cinematography: Caue Nunes and Alexandre Machado
Editing: Caue Nunes, Marcita and Coleta 1994
Sound Editing: Ricardo Zollner
Sound: Ricardo Zollner
Cast: Moacir Ferraz

ONE NIGHT
Drama / HD / Colour / 9min / 2011

Sinopsys
A film, a couple, and a night.

Cast & Credits
Director: Daniela Santos
Screenplay: Daniela Santos
Producers: Daniela Santos and José Eduardo Limongi
Art Direction: Daniela Santos and Joana Resek
Cinematography: José Eduardo Limongi
Editing: Rodrigo Savastano
Sound Editing: Felippe Schultz Mussel
Sound: Fabio Nascimento
Cast: Marina Santos and Fernando Coimbra

LITTLE BALL SATELLITE
Comedy / HD / Cor / 10min / 2010

Sinopsys
For many years, Brazilian has been using US military satellite to chat. The film discusses freedom of speech through the invention of outer space aesthetics.

Cast & Credits
Director: Bruno Vianna
Screenplay: Bruno Vianna
Production Geral Ltda
Editing: Bruno Vianna
Editing Sound: Vinicius Leal

Region: All
Start Date: 06/09/2011
End Date: 10/09/2011
Start Time: 19:30
Venue: BAFTA
Venue Address: 195 Piccadilly, London
Website: http://www.inffinito.com
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
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