6th Annual Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival


Now in its sixth year and taking place September 8-11, the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF) is recognized as the most prestigious Brazilian film festival outside Brazil. This year it has moved to it’s new home at Los Angeles Film School (6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028.)

Showcasing the best in new Brazilian cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically and important Brazilian filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging new talent by bringing them together in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.

The Festival features special programs including Filmmakers Retreat, several panels, intimate Coffee Talks and much more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by Brazilian talents living in the United States.

Since 2008 hundreds of films screened at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. With over 300 films screened and 72 awards distributed, the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival promotes and disseminates the Brazilian audiovisual at the world capital of cinema, Hollywood.

Opening Night Gala
September 8th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Opening Night Gala and After Party at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Linwood Dunn, located at 1313 Vine Street, Hollywood CA 90028.  Premiere of “Buddies” a film by Marcelo Galvão followed by after party with live music performed by Brazilian musician Gu Fidelis, drinks, appertizers, and great people.
Complimentary parking is provided in the Academy’s lot adjacent to the Pickford Center (enter off Homewood, one block north of Fountain). Parking facilities close 30 minutes after the conclusion of the event.

September 11th, 2013
6:30pm- Closing Night Premiere – “Cine Holliúdy” a film by Halder Gomes at the Los Angeles Film School Theater located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

8:00pm -Awards Announcement
The current state of the international content market
Moderator: Cida Gonçaves, President of 8STAR ENTERTAINMENT
Vinicio Espinosa, Vice President, Latin America MGM worldwide distribution
Terry Kalagan, Director, Content and Acquistions GAIAM Vivendi Entertainment
Stephen Ross, Esquire and Former FCC Head of Cable Television Regulations
Location: Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90034
Brazilian Productions and the new TV Law
Moderator: Theodoro Fontes, Brazilian Producer and Filmmaker
Speakers: Marcelo Galvão, Halder Gomes, Luiz Carlos Amberg, Juliana Reis, Marcio Rosario, Melise Maia, Vivianne Jundi, Marcelo Lino and Eduardo Chauvet
Location: Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90034

“Buddies” a film by Marcelo Galvão (Narrative Competition)
West Coast Premiere
Colegas (Buddies) tells the story of three young people with Down syndrome who love movies and work at the video library at the institution where they have always lived in. One day, inspired by the filme “Thelma & Louise”, they decide to run away using the gardener’s old car to have a freedom experience.
Directed By: Marcelo Galvão
Written By: Marcelo Galvão
Produced By: Marcelo Galvão
Featuring: Ariel Goldenberg, Lima Duarte, Breno Viola, Rita Pokk, Juliana Didone, Leonardo Miggiorin.

CINE HOLLIÚDY (Narrative Competition)
Closing Night Premiere
USA Premiere | 2012 | 90 MIN | Comedy
The arrival of television in the country side of Brazil, in the ´70s, jeopardized the small movie theaters. However, a hero named Francisgleydisson, decided to fight to keep alive his passion for his cinema. His weapons: creativity and unique sense of humor.
Directed by Halder Gomes
Produced by Halder Gomes
Casting: Edmilson Filho, Miriam Freeland, Joel Gomes, Roberto Bomtempo, Angeles Woo, Fiorella Mattheis
Wednesday. Sept. 11 | 6:30PM | Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

Other Films in Narrative Competition

West Coast Premiere | 2012 | 90MIN | Brazil | Drama
A man who has put his career ahead of everything else in life learns the value of family when his son goes missing.
Directed by Luciano Moura
Casting: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima
Monday, September 09 | 12:30pm at the Jimmy Stewart 23 Theater inside Sony Pictures Lot

USA Premiere | 2012|  82 MIN | Brazil | Action/Crime
Henrique has his camera stolen by two armed motor-bikers who get hit by a self-appointed avenger’s truck. Back at crash site to find his memory card, the police find him suspect of being the criminal who failed to rescue the victim – his aggressor. His whole night is an attempt to clear himself.
Directed by Juliana Reis
Casting: Caco Ciocler, Gustavo Machado and Dedina Bernadelli
Monday, September 9 | 6:15PM at the Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

Spotlight on Co-production
World Premiere | 2012 | 80MIN | Brazil/ USA | Thriller
Dark Amazon is a supernatural thriller shot deep in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.  The film follows a camera crew as they capture the discovery of the cure for cancer.  The historic event takes a deadly turn as they come face-to-face with one of the most horrific legends of the Amazon.  Stranded and fighting for their lives, will they make it back to civilization or will they fall victim to Anhanga, the deadly spirit of the rainforest?
Directed by Darcyana Moreno Izel
Casting: Mina Olivera, Don Jeanes, Michelle Taylor, Robert Fleet, Emilio Dantas
Tuesday, September 10 | 09:00PM | Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

USA Premiere | 2010|  100 MIN | Brazil | Drama
A movie about a boy who dreams of becoming a professional soccer player in the seventies but he has to overcome his fathers religious principles that forbids competition.
Directed by Lucas Amberg
Casting: Vivianne Pasmanter, Paulo Cesar Pereio and Arlete Salles
Tuesday, September 10 | 12:30pm at the Jimmy Stewart 23 Theater inside Sony Pictures Lot

USA Premiere | 2013| 80 MIN | Brazil | Documentary
The feature documentary “Birth Reborn – The Film” portrays the serious obstetric reality in the world specially in Brazil, which is characterized by an alarming number of cesarean or deliveries with traumatic and unnecessary interventions, as opposed to what is known and recommended by science today. This situation has serious perinatal, psychological, social, anthropological and financial consequences. Through the reports of some of the leading experts in the area and the latest scientific discoveries, the film questions the current obstetric model, leads to a reflection on the new paradigm of the twenty-first century and the future of a civilization born without the so-called “love hormones”, released only under specific conditions of labor.
Directed by Eduardo Chauvet
Produced by Érica de Paula
Guests: Michel Odent, Heloisa Lessa, Fernanda , Laura Uplinger, Ricardo Chaves, Melania Amorim, Ricardo Jones, Daphne Rattner, Robbie Davis Floyd, Ana Cristina Duarte, Maria Esther Vilela
Monday, September 09 | 09:15PM | Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

USA Premiere | 2012  | 80 MIN | BRAZIL/USA | Documentary
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena.
Directed by Petra Costa
Cast: Elena Andrade, Li An and Petra Costa
Production Co.: Busca Vida Filmes
Tuesday, September 10 | 6:15PM | Main Theater of the Los Angeles Film School located at 6363 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

Shorts Program 1
    * “Nanny’s Girl” | 2013| Brazil | 15MIN
    * “Johnny in the Flesh” | 2013 | Brazil | 16 MIN
    * “The Picture” | 2013 | Brazil | 16 MIN
    * “The Gift” | 2013 | Brazil | 17 MIN
    * For Sale or Rent | 2013 | Brazil | 24MIN

Nanny’s Girl
World Premiere | 2013 | Brazil | 15MIN
A story of love and friendship between a child and her nanny, results in exciting reunion of two lives that although
separated, never go apart. The narrative begins in the 1980’s when Fernanda is twenty-three, and back to the 1970’s, when she begins her relationship with the nanny Maria. From there, a parallel is drawn between two decades, full of humor and emotion.
Directed by Melise Maia
Cast: Dhu Moraes, Sara Antunes, Sabrina L’astorina e Maria Clara Meireles
Monday | September 9th | 8pm at the Los Angeles Film School

Johnny in the flesh
U.S Premiere | 2013 | Brazil | 16MIN
Father gathers his family every night around a campfire to tell stories. One of these nights they receive an unexpected visit that does Joazinho face his deepest fears.
Directed by Paulo Vespucio
Cast: Letícia Spiller, Pedro Novaes
Monday | September 9th | 8pm at the Los Angeles Film School

The Picture
U.S Premiere | Brazil/Ireland | 16MIN
A woman receives a mysterious picture in her home with the painting of a girl shortly after discovers that it’s not a simple painting.
Directed by Thairon Mendes and Humberto Rosa
Monday | September 9th | 8pm at the Los Angeles Film School

The Gift
U.S Premiere | Brazil | 17MIN
A young woman lives by herself in a small apartment of an old two floor building at a big city somewhere out in the globe. Everyday she follows the same routine.
Directed by  Vivianne Jundi
Cast: Branca Messina, Laura Bernardo Jardim
Monday | September 9th | 8pm at the Los Angeles Film

For Sale or Rent
U.S Premiere | Brazil | 2013 | 24MIN
In an house for Sale or Rent, Wilson (Roberto Birindelli) lives with Edu (Eduardo Guimarães), the owner’s son. Their relationship moves to a friendship, related to the interest about vintage and music. But, fate will put this delicate balance in jeopardy.
Directed by Louis Robin
Cast: Ana Lucia Torre, Eduardo Guimarães, Karine Carvalho,  Roberto Birindelli
Monday | September 9th | 8pm at the Los Angeles Film

Shorts Program 2
    * “Signal” | World Premiere | 2013 | Brazil | 20 MIN
    * “The Right Moment” | U.S Premiere | 2012 | Brazil | 22MIN
    * “Awara” | U.S Premiere | 2012 | Brazil | 21MIN
    * “Urban Jungle” | U.S Premiere | 2012| Brazil| Port. | 26 MIN

World Premiere | 2013 | Brazil | Port. | 20 MIN
Lives that intersect in one night and that were forever changed. Signal is several movies in one. Shows that the scripts of our lives are written from the way we see the signs that appear in our paths.
Directed by Márcio Rosário
Cast: André Ramiro, Bianca Rinaldi and Márcio Rosário
Tuesday | September 10th | 7:45pm at the Los Angeles Film School

The Right Moment
U.S Premiere | 2012 | Brazil| Port. | 22MIN
Dório faces the end of a life full of errors and regrets, Marco only lives to see where life will lead him to, Almeida wants to make his own kind of justice. They all meet in an unique kind of moment, the right moment.
Directed by: Sérgio Gambier
Cast: Antônio Petrin, Che Moais and Cássio Nascimento
Tuesday | September 10th | 7:45pm at the Los Angeles Film School

U.S Premiere | 2012 | Brazil| Yawanawa Indigenous | 21MIN
An animation that tells the origin myth of the emergence of Yawanawa’s culture, indigenous people from the heart of the Amazon rainforest.The dialogues and songs, in the language of Yawanawa’s, were recorded in their own community.
Directed by Sérgio de Carvalho
Tuesday | September 10th | 7:45pm at the Los Angeles Film School

Urban Jungle
U.S Premiere | 2012| Brazil| Port. | 26 MIN
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.
Directed by Jorane Castro
Cast: Dira Paes
Tuesday | September 10th | 7:45pm at the Los Angeles Film School (6363 W Sunset Blvd.)
Shorts Program 3
* Giants of Joy * Of Other Carnivals  * Sesame Theory * Black Mask * The Night of the Dumb Clowns

Giants of Joy
USA Premiere | 2012| Brazil| 12 MIN
The “Giants of Joy” parade every year in Sapucaí in samba school Ambassadors of Joy, the opening of the carnival parade of champions. About two thousand people with physical disabilities become ambassadors of joy that day. And those with dwarfism stand out when they teach us that happiness has no frame size or color.
Directed by Jose Ricardo Rodrigues
Wednesday | September 11th | 5pm at the Los Angeles Film School

Of Other Carnivals
USA Premiere| 2013| Brazil | 15MIN
Over several carnivals, Janice and Píndaro meet, play, fall in love, exchange costumes,grow. Still, maintain their costumes.
Directed by Paulo Miranda
Cast: Marina Merlino, Felipe Ventura, Melissa Vettore, Renato Baragão
Wednesday | September 11th | 5pm at the Los Angeles Film School

Sesame Theory
USA Premiere | 2013| Brazil | 15MIN
Santiago and Carlos are hired hitmen on a job, involving the Chinese mafia. In their journey, Carlos engages into hypothetical conspiracy theories that lead them to a series of unfortunate events.
Directed by Flávio Barone
Cast: Murilo Salles, Sergio Pardal, Robson Rosh e Fabio Saltini
Wednesday | September 11th | 5pm at the Los Angeles Film

Black Mask
USA Premiere| 2011| Brazil | 15MIN
Gregorio falls in love with a masked-woman during a carnival party. Luisette is a transvestite in search of affection. They spend a night of voluptuous together. On the following day, Gregorio takes Luisette to a charitable soccer game with his friends.
Directed by Rene Brasil
Wednesday | September 11th | 5pm at the Los Angeles Film School

The Night of the Dumb Clowns
USA Premiere | 2012| Brazil | 15MIN
A movie adaptation of a story created by one of the greatest Brazilian cartoonists: Laerte. Two dumb clowns wander at night with the task of rescuing a kidnapped mate from an organization that aims to exterminate their kind. “The Night of the Dumb Clowns ” is a contemporary fable filled with humor against intolerance.
Directed by Juliano Luccas
Cast: Domingos Montagner, Fernando Sampaio, William Amaral, Fabio Esposito
Wednesday | September 11th | 5pm at the Los Angeles Film School

Tickets and Passes
You can buy single/ general admission tickets or your festival pass
General Admission $12.00 (Not available for Opening and Closing)
All panels are FREE.
Festival Pass $75.00
For More information  and to watch trailers go to http://www.labrff.com/


About Author

Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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