Los Angeles, CA – June 5, 2011 Talize Sayegh, the executive director of Indie Brazil 2011 – 3rd Annual Hollywood Bazilian Film Festival, and Sando Fiorin, the artistic director of the Festival announced the winners for this year’s event. The winners were announced at the Closing Night Ceremony at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Saturday night, June 4.
POR EL CAMINO (Beyond the Road), the feature film debut by Charly Braun, a co-production between Brazil and Uruguay, won the Best First Narrative Feature Prize. POR EL CAMINO, which won Best Director award at 2010 Rio Int’l Film Festival, and was the official selection at Sao Paulo, Seattle and Jerusalem film festivals, tells a story of Santiago, a 30 year old Argentinean, who travels to Uruguay in search of a piece of land that he inherited from his parents who were tragically killed in an accident a few years earlier. On his arrival in Montevideo, by chance he meets Juliette, a young Belgian who came to Uruguay in search of an old love. He offers her a ride, and on the way they realize that they are developing feelings for each other. When they arrive in Punta del Este, however, Santiago’s universe stands between them.
The Narrative Feature Competition Jury members are: Pedro Kos (filmmaker), Shaz Bennett (writer and festival consultant) and Ernest Hardy (film critic, LA Weekly)
CONTAGEM, a short film directed by Gabriel Martins and Maurillo Martins won the Best Short Film Prize. The visually stunning film interweaves the lives of four people in the city of Contagem.
The Shorts Competition Jury members are: Ellen Pittleman, Hebe Tabachtnik and Marcelo Reis. The 3rd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival was co sponsored by LG Brazil, it took place in Hollywood, CA from June 1-4, 2011.