FERNANDO MEIRELLES’ LATEST PRODUCTION TO PREMIERE AT THE 4th BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LONDON
Fernando Meirelles’ latest feature Xingu will make its premiere in London on 25th September as part of the 4th Brazilian Film Festival. The event will take place at Odeon Panton Street, between 21 and 25 September. The film, produced by Meirelles (360) and directed by Cao Hamburger (The Year my Parents went on Vacation), tells the true story of three brothers who give up their comfortable lives to embark on a trailblazing mission through Central Brazil in the 40s.
Xingu will wrap up the festival which line-up includes other 11 features and 12 shorts, representing the finest of contemporary Brazilian film production. The festival director Adriana Dutra says: “This year’s selection is simply fantastic! It’s been a long time since I saw such a significant production! I am very happy with the curatorship. The festival will rock!”
2012 FESTIVAL LINE-UP
I’LL RAFFLE OFF MY HEART
FRI 21 Sep 18:20
Brazil/2012 Dir. Ana Rieper 78 min
Documentary on the Brazilian romantic, and erotic sentimentalism, based on the works of the most important composers of popular corny music, known as brega (cheesy).
CAPTAINS OF THE SAND
FRI 21 Sep 20:30
Brazil/Portugal 2011 Dir. Cecília Amado 96 min
Literary adaptation from Jorge Amado’s Captains of the Sand. In the 1950’s in Salvador a gang of street kids are committing petty thefts and sophisticated mansion robberies. Abandoned by all, they survive together based on brotherhood. In their boys-only gang, they discover love when a young orphan girl joins them. A year in the life of these kids, in which they are heroes, fly like birds, have wonderful dreams, visit hell, discover sex, love, death and freedom.
SAT 22 Sep 16:30
Brazil/2012 Dir. André Ristum 90 min
Marcos and Thiago are brothers with a broken relationship. Marcos lives in Europe where he leads a life full of propriety. Thiago lives in Brazil and spends his time wasting his father’s money on nights, booze and women. After their father dies, they are faced with astonishing news: their father had another daughter, a mentally disturbed girl, who has lived in a private mental institute all her life. This new reality leads the brothers into new experiences, forcing them to confront totally new and unexpected situations, which lead to a new and important understanding between them.
SAT 22 Sep 18:30
Brazil/2012 Dir. Rodrigo Bittencourt 86 min
Totally innocent, Da Fé believes that he must become the king of the hill to win Gildinha’s love. But the slum where they live is at war because of a dispute between Do Morro and the transvestite Diaba Loira. The situation worsens when the clumsy reporter Wanderlei forges a cover story. Now that hell broke loose the situation is set for comedy of errors that satirizes the favela movies.
SAT 22 Sep 20:30
Brazil/2012 Dir. Walter Carvalho 128 min
This carefully crafted documentary recounts in detail the personal and professional live of Raul Seixas, an icon of Brazilian Rock. Rare archival footage, intertwined with testimonies by relatives, companions and friends are the backdrop of this journey through music and time.
JORGE MAUTNER, THE SON OF THE HOLOCAUST
SUN 23 Sep 16:00
Brazil/2012 Dir. Pedro Bial and Heitor D’Alincourt 93 min
The story of Jorge Mautner, a visionary who foresaw and made reality the most exuberant landscape of Brazilian music and culture. Mautner is better understood after this film which, from a portrait of the artist as a young man, reveals all the complexity of this person: a musician, poet and pop star as well as the most important philosopher of his generation. Even with a body of work that only improved with the years, Mautner was an outcast for many generations. “Jorge Mautner – The Son of the Holocaust" is not a documentary, it is an essay on the life of this artist who, in the 20th century, built the Brazilian culture of the 21st century.
SUN 23 Sep 18:00
Brazil/2011 Dir. Afonso Poyart 104 min
Edgar, a regular guy, develops and executes a complex plan to fulfil his desire to make justice with his own hands. As his plan unfolds some unexpected turn of events, his real intentions become unclear: Is he seeking justice or redemption?
SUN 23 Sep 20:30
Brazil/2011 Dir. Vladimir Carvalho 111 min
With archival footage shot by Vladimir Carvalho since the late 80s, the documentary concludes a trilogy about the cultural and ideological construction of Brazil’s Federal Capital. It shows how music bands from Brasília – Legião Urbana, Capital Inicial, Plebe Rude – accomplished their dream: reach recognition and success, a dream that followed very closely the utopia that was Brasilia’s construction and the move of the country’s capital from Rio de Janeiro. They belong to the first generation of children of intellectuals, diplomats and politicians that moved to the new capital.
A LONG JOURNEY
MON 24 Sep 18:30
Brazil/2011 Dir. Lucia Murat 95 min
This is the story of three brothers who reach adolescence in the late 1960s. The docudrama is guided by the younger sibling’s story, Heitor, who is sent to London by his family, worried that he would enter the struggle for freedom against the Brazilian dictatorship. In the nine years he has travelled around the world, Heitor has regularly written to his family. Interview and letters, combined with off-screen comments of Heitor’s sister, Lucia Murat, who was a political prisoner during the Brazilian dictatorship years, and who has become a renowned artist, extensively travelling abroad, almost in a process contrary to that experienced by her brother.
KINGS AND RATS
MON 24 Sep 20:30
Brazil/2012 Dir. Mauro Lima 111 min
Set in 1963 Rio de Janeiro, the film shows how the rumours of a conspiracy affects the lives of those involved in politics at the time. One of them is Troy, a CIA agent living in Brazil, is not sure he is still loyal to his country. With help from his Brazilian sidekick, Major Esdras, he plans an ambush for the President, one that could demise the plans for the Military Takeover.
HEART OF SAMBA
TUE 25 Sep 18:30
Brazil/2012 Dir.Thereza Jessouroun 72 min
Heart of Samba is a musical documentary about the ensemble that brings life to the worldwide famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade. Focusing on the drums orchestra of Mangueira, the film unveils a tradition unknown by most people. Past and present combine to show the exuberant universe of musicality and passion that exists between samba school and its instruments.
TUE 25 Sep 20:30
Brazil/2012 Dir. Cao Hamburger 103 min
Three brothers embark on a great adventure. Orlando, Cláudio and Leonardo Villas Boas enlist in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition and head out on a trailblazing mission through Central Brazil. On a journey unlike any other seen before the Villas Boas brothers manage to create the National Xingu Park.
The festival showcases a short film before each feature. See the list:
URBAN JUNGLE FRI 21 Sep 18:20
2011 10min dir. Jorane Castro
Daisy lives with her family in an island, in the middle of the Amazon jungle. She dreams to cross the river and go to the city. With her mother’s help, she will try to make this dream come true.
GOD PROTECTS DRUNKS AND CHILDREN FRI 21 Sep 20:30
2012 15min dir. Bernardo Mello
Barreto On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Álvaro and Ronaldo struggle to survive. In order to escape their problems they create an alternative reality.
STARRY DAY SAT 22 Sep 16:30
2011 17min dir. Nara Normande
In an inhospitable place, a boy and his family fight for survival.
BRAZIL BY PERO VAZ DE CAMINHA SAT 22 Sep 18:30
2011 18min dir. Bruno Laet
Image and sound are 500 years apart. What we hear is the letter that the navigator Pero Vaz de Caminha wrote to King Dom Manuel of Portugal in 1500 recounting the discovery of Brazil. What we see is a contemporary collage. Concepts intertwined that will rediscover 21st century Brazil.
DON’T LEAVE JOANA ALONE SAT 22 Sep 20:30
2012 15min dir. Cecília Engels
It’s a paradoxical relationship between Joana and her father.
AFTER THE FALL SUN 23 Sep 16:00
2011 17min dir. Bruno Bini
A copywriter with a great opportunity, a reluctant call girl, and a father with the daughter between life and death; after the fall, their lives collide.
THE FACTORY SUN 23 Sep 18:00
2011 15min dir. Aly Muritiba
Visiting day. Lindalva prepares food to her son, in jail. Metruti (the son) shaves and puts on his best clothes. He really needs to make a phone call today and his mother is willing to take the risk and smuggle a cell phone into the penitentiary for him.
BLANK SHEET SUN 23 Sep 20:30
2011 12min dir. Luli Gerbase
Eric is suffering from writer’s block. Seeking inspiration, he decides to go up to the river. On his way out, he gets stuck on an elevator with his neighbour and a pizza guy. They help Eric to create stories where real and fictional characters come together in a world outside the elevator.
GOD MON 24 Sep 18:30
2011 12min dir. André Miranda
Chicken needed to die to understand the meaning of life.
JOÃOZINHO IN THE FLESH MON 24 Sep 20:30
2012 15min dir. Paulo Vespúcio
Father gathers his family every night around a campfire to tell stories. One of these nights they receive an unexpected visit that makes Joãzinho face his deepest fears.
BULL’S-EYE TUE 25 Sep 18:30
2012 18min dir. Diego Lisboa
Junca wants to go to school with his new shoes but before he will have to face his father, the bullies in his street and even his own faith.
PHOENIX TUE 25 Sep 20:30
2012 13min dir. Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra
Three policemen. Three ways to deal with corruption.
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The 4TH BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LONDON is organised by Inffinito and supported by BNDES.