The UK Brasilian Film Festival was born from a desire to promote Brazilian Cinema and to feed the public curiosity about Brazilian culture (the REAL Brazilian culture) the festival was a really cool place to be last year it was baptized: New Brasil The UK Brasilian Film Festival at the OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, the films revolutionized the way people perceive Brazil and all the clichés attached to the name, with over 2,000 people attending we hope to triple that number this year, come open your eyes to mental institutions, drugs, charity, sex, love, trash, friendship, death, blindness, ambition, re-birth and discovery.
The patrons are Brazilian film directors FERNANDO MEIRELLES (CITY OF GOD, THE CONSTANT GARDENER) who commented “AT THE END OF THE 90’S LAWS WERE PASSED WHICH FACILITATED THE MAKING OF FILMS IN BRAZIL, THIS RESULTED IN A BOOM AND NOW THE NEW BREED OF DIRECTORS ARE ON THEIR 2ND OR 3RD FILMS WHICH ARE FAR FROM THE STEREOTYPE OF BRAZILIAN CINEMA. THE 2ND UK BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL WILL REVEAL ALL THEIR TALENT AND EXPOSE A NEW SIDE OF BRAZILIAN CINEMA AND THE COUNTRY ITSELF.”
Another patron, BETO BRANT said about last year’s festival in BRICK LANE “WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE 1ST UK BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON, PUT TOGETHER WITH A LOT OF ELBOW GREASE AND AN AMAZING FILM PROGRAMME WITH THE BEST CONTEMPORARY FILMS BRAZIL HAS TO OFFER, FILMS THAT CONTEMPLATE THE DREAM AND THE NIGHTMARE THAT IT IS TO LIVE IN BRAZIL.”
Brant (THE TRESPASSERS) is considered one of the most talented rising Brazilian directors, a master at capturing a slice of Brazilian life and exposing it, his films are raw and poignant.
11 of the most important feature films produced in Brasil in the last few years will be screened, including 3 films that will compose a retrospective of the work of the Director DOMINGO DE OLIVEIRA (BRAZIL’S WOODY ALLEN, see below).
Films will be screened at the RIVERSIDE STUDIOS in HAMMERSMITH (see below for link) and the historic GENESIS in the EAST END (see below for link).
Professor Else Vieira from the UNIVERSITY OF LONDON will conduct a workshop about BRAZILIAN SOCIAL CINEMA.
The festival proudly presents the opening film:
BORN TO BE BLIND: Three blind sisters, linked by this extraordinary twist of fate, spend their lives singing and playing ganzá for spare change on the streets and in the street markets of poverty stricken northeast Brazil. This documentary follows the daily chores of these women and how they survive on their own. Their immersing story, not without humor, depicts a complex tale of love and death, anguish and art. The story accompanies them in the unexpected turn in their lives as a result of the film; the cinema effect which transforms them into celebrities. Both the director and the subjects of the film face the ties that bind them, revealing the risks and seduction of the documentarian’s work. THE THREE MAIN CHARACTERS – THE THREE BLIND SISTERS WILL ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT AND PARTICIPATE IN A Q&A.
A few of the films in these years festival:
ILHA DAS FLORES (FLOWER ISLAND)
Acting as a director, writer and producer, JORGE FURTADO aims his camera at issues as like religion, the Holocaust, Brazilian government, poverty, capitalism, and much more. The Festival is proud to announce a workshop by the Director JORGE FURTADO on his cult short film ILHA DAS FLORES. A tomato is planted, harvested and sold at a supermarket, but it rots and ends up in the trash. ISLAND OF FLOWERS follows it until its real end, among animals, trash, women and children when the real difference between tomatoes, pigs and humans beings becomes clear.
Narrating the story in a way that “EVEN A MARTIAN WOULD UNDERSTAND”, in the words of the director…Furtado destroys the bourgeois concept of freedom, quoting a line from one of Brazil’s greatest poets, CECILIA MEIRELLES and leaves us wondering whether modern ‘civilisation’ is as far as the human intellect can take us.
NEGACAO DO BRASIL (DENYING BRAZIL)
Directed by JOEL ZITO ARAUJO this documentary film dissects taboos, stereotypes, and the struggles of black actors in Brazilian television “soaps.” Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention to their likely influence on Black people’s identity-forming processes. There will be a panel discussion on Afro- Brazilian life with the films director, JOEL ZITO ARAUJO, anthropologist DR. ANGELA GILLIAM (Evergreen State University), anthropologist MARK WELLS (University of Michigan).
CARREIRAS (COCAINE+RUSH+CAREERS; THE COCAIN FUELLED CAREER OF A RIO JOURNALIST): Carreiras in Portuguese can mean lines of coke, a rush, or careers. All three of these components are combined in this film to drive the main character, a forty something Jewish-Brazilian TV anchor woman.
The latter is wonderfully played by PRISCILLA ROZENBAUM, in a role which won her a BEST ACTRESS AWARD AT THE GRAMADO FILM FESTIVAL. She collaborates with husband, writer and director DOMINGOS DE OLIVEIRA whom is often compared to Woody Allen as he always sets his films in the same social milieu in Rio (as Allen does with Manhattan’s West Side). Brace yourself for this low budget film, paid for by the couple themselves and shot on location at friends flats and local haunts.
MEU TIO MATOU UM CARA (MY UNCLE KILLED A GUY)
Duca, 15, discovers that the crimes he sees on his computer games can also take place in real life, when his uncle Eder is arrested for an ill explained murder. Duca decides to investigate the case himself, and is joined by his friends Kid and Isa. Directed by JORGE FURTADO this film has taken Brazil by storm as THE screwed up summer comedy for Generation X.
BICHO DE SETE CABECAS (BRAINSTORM):
A trip to mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs in his pocket. Neto becomes exposed to an absurd, inhumane reality in which the people are devoured by a corrupt and cruel institutional system. The transformations that he goes through are sincere and staggering.