Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival winners announced


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.

A Fuga da Mulher Gorila (The Escape of the Gorilla Woman)
Brazil 2009, 82’, HD
US Premiere

Co-director Felipe Bragança in attendance – part 1 trilogy

This musical road movie tells the story of two sisters (played by Flora Dias and Morena Catonni) who decide to embark on a journey through the state of Rio de Janeiro in an old kombi van. Along the way, they offer a lift to an actor (Alberto Moura Jr) who also wants to visit the state, and together, the trio organizes a spectacular show in which one of them transforms into a gorilla and threatens the audience.

Directed by Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande
Produced by Duas Mariola, Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande
Screenplay: Felipe Bragança
Cinematography: Andrea Capella
Editor: Marina Meliande
Sound: Marina Meliande
Cast: Flora Dias, Morena Cattoni, Alberto Moura Jr., Pedro Freire

Festivals & Awards:
Best Film – 2009 Tiradentes Film Festival
Locarno, Mexico City, Manilla

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaZcquyLPWY


A Distração de Ivan (Ivan’s Distraction)
Brazil 2010, 17’, HD

Producer Gustavo Pizzi in attendance

Ivan is an eleven-year-old boy. He lives with his grandmother in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Amidst his everyday tricks and squabbles with friends, he will mature.

Directed by Cavi Borges, Gustavo Melo
Produced by Gustavo Pizzi
Screenplay: Gustavo Melo
Cinematography: Paulo Castiglioni
Editor: Fernanda Teixeira
Cast: Rodrigo da Costa, Luciano Vidigal, Mirian Pérsia

Festival: 2010 Cannes – Semaine de la Critique


Thursday 6/2 – 9 PM – Hors Concours

A Alegria (The Joy)
Brazil 2010, 100’, 35mm
Los Angeles Premiere

Co-director Felipe Bragança in attendance – part 2 trilogy

THE JOY is a fairy tale about youth and courage. THE JOY tells the story of 16-year- old Luiza, who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. On Christmas Eve, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood and disappears in the middle of the night.
A few weeks later, while alone in her apartment in a middle class neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Luiza finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to be hidden there.

Directed by Felipe Bragança & Marina Meliande
Produced by Duas Mariola Filmes, Arissas Multimedia & RT/Features
Executive Producer: Lara Frigotto
Screenplay: Felipe Bragança
Cinematography: Andrea Capella
Editor: Marina Meliande
Music: Lucas Marcier
Cast: Tainá Medina, Junior Moura, Flora Dias, Rikle Miranda

Festivals & Awards:
2010 Cannes – Directors’ Fortnight
Brasilia, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Toulouse, Prague

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9YJCcYi2mQ


O Divino, De Repente (Divino Freestyles)
Brazil 2010, 6’, 35mm

Ubiraci Crispim de Freitas, a real character aka Divino, sings ‘repente’ songs and tells us about his life. An unusual documentary with animated subtitles. DIVINO FREESTYLES is a short-film produced with handmade animation techniques: flipbook, cartoon, rotoscope, pixilation and stop motion – plus live-action scenes shot in Super 16.

Directed by Fábio Yamaji
Produced by Ana Luiza Pereira
Screenplay: Fábio Yamaji
Cast: Ubiraci Crispim de Freitas (Divino)

Festivals: Guanajuato, Tempere, Sao Paulo


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