23rd Brazilian Film Festival of Miami announces lineup

23rd Brazilian Film Festival of Miami announces lineup
23rd Brazilian Film Festival of Miami announces lineup
Actress Dira Paes, honoree at this year’s Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, with actor Eduardo Moscovis in the upcoming Venice (Veneza).
(Photo by Mariana Vianna)

The 23rd Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, produced by Inffinito, recently announced its selection of films for the 23rd edition that will take place Sept. 14-21.

During eight days, actors, directors, Brazilian and international producers, as well as American and Latin American audiovisual professionals, will be in Miami. They will gather to watch the 2018-19 Brazilian productions and to discuss ways for co-production with Latin American countries, and international distribution.

Six feature films will compete for the Crystal Lens award: the not released yet in Brazil Venice (Veneza) by Miguel Falabella, and Golden Mouth (Boca de Ouro) by Daniel Filho; Leonardo Domingues’ Simonal, biography (released in Brazil on Aug. 8); Joana Mariani’s romance All Songs of Love (Todas As Canções de Amor); Flavia Castro’s drama Unremember (Deslembro); and Julia Rezende’s romantic comedy Head Over Heels 3 (De Pernas pro Ar 3). The screenings will take place at Regal Cinemas on Lincoln Road in South Beach.

The great honoree of this edition is actress Dira Paes, who stars is Venice (Veneza) and also Divine Love (Divino Amor) by Gabriel Mascaro.

“The festival is a resistance action. We were the first festival with exclusively Brazilian content produced abroad. Over the last 23 years our mission has been to encourage foreign audiences to get acquainted and start consuming Brazilian cinematography,” said Adriana L. Dutra, one of the founders of the festival.

The opening night of the festival on Sept. 14 will show Maria do Caritó by João Paulo Jabur, and O Beijo no Asfalto directed by Murilo Benício. Panorama Screenings premiere, out of competition, Orlamundo, an Orlando Morais film directed by Alexandre Bouchet, Best Documentary Feature award in June at (LAIFFA) Los Angeles Independent Film Festival; Chacrinha (Chacrinha – O Velho Guerreiro) by Andrucha Waddington; Cine Holliúdy 2 (Cine Holliúdy 2- A Chibata Sideral) by Halder Gomes; My Life in Mars (Minha Vida em Marte) by Susana Garcia; The Fantastic Ugly Duckling (O Fantástico Patinho Feio) by Denilson Félix, and What’s So Funny? (Tá Rindo de Quê?) by Claudio Manoel, Álvaro Campos and Alê Braga.

This year, in addition to the film screenings, Inffinito is launching a new format for its Market: Inffinito Connect, where Brazilian, Americans and Latin American players debate will livestream via social networks for the first time, upon registration. The focus is on the co-production between Brazil and Latin American countries and international distribution in the most diverse display windows, highlighting the panel “What are the current opportunities for the insertion of Brazil content in the international market?”.

“Along these 23 years, a total of 148 marketing panels were held, attended by approximately 400 international players, who created a strong network with Brazilian filmmakers and found some kind of commercialization for TV, VOD, remakes, co-productions, invitations to participation in international festivals, film distribution, universities and cultural centers in the Latin American market,” Dutra said.

Crystal Lens Award Categories: Best Film Public, Best Film Jury, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.

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