Portuguese American Journal

15th Annual Brazilian Film Festival – Miami

The independent international film promoter, Infinnito Group, is sponsoring the 15th Annual Brazilian Festival of Miami (FL), to be held August 19-27.

The event, taking place at the Colony Theatre and Miami Beach Cinemateque, includes 25 features and documentaries and 15 shorts.

The Festival is the largest annual showcase of independent Portuguese-language films from Brazil presented in the United States. It is the only exhibition in the U.S. that receives perennial support from Brazil’s top public and private film production and promotion entities, including oil giant PETROBRAS, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture’s Audiovisual Secretariat and ANCINE (Agência Nacional do Cinema).

Special guests include an appearance by Arnaldo Jabor, one of the founders of Brazil’s 1960’s Cinema Novo movement, who will attend the festival with “The Supreme Happiness,” his first film in 25 years, “VIPs,” starring Wagner Moura, Brazil’s most popular actor, “Our Home: The Astral City,” the most expensive film in Brazilian history, and “Smoke Screen,” a documentary on the Brazilian government’s drug policies.

In the past 15 years, the biggest names in Brazilian cinema have attended the Festival, including director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), actor Rodrigo Santoro (300, Carandiru) actor Selton Mello (To the Left of the Father, My Name Isn’t Johnny), actress Andrea Beltrão (Time of Fear), actress Glória Pires (Lula, the Son of Brazil), actor José Wilker (Elvis & Madona), actress Lília Cabral (In Therapy) and directors Bruno Barreto (Four Days in September) and Fabio Barreto (Lula, Son of Brazil).

The 2011 Festival will feature performances and films by actor Wagner Moura, producer Fernando Meirelles and director Toniko Melo (VIPs); singer/musician Caetano Veloso (A Night in ’67) and samba queen Elza Soares (Elza); actor/screenwriter Bruno Mazzeo (Trap.com, Take It Easy); actor Marco Nanini and actress Maria Luisa Mendonça (The Supreme Happiness); actor Bruno Garcia (Head Over Heels); actress Cleo Pires (Any Stray Cat); actor André Ramiro (Speechless); and actor Marcelo Serrado and actress Fernanda de Freitas (Malu on Bicycle), among others.

Festival screenings will be held at two venues: the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, and the region’s newest boutique art-house theater, the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., both located in Miami Beach. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com ), the Colony Theatre box office and the Miami Beach Cinematheque box office (www.mbcinema.com or
www.miamibeachfilmsociety.com ).

Tickets at the Colony Theatre are: $10 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and Miami Beach Film Society members. Tickets at the Miami Beach Cinematheque are: $10 for general admission, $8 for Miami Beach Film Society members and $8 for students and seniors.

The complete schedule of screenings, special events (after-parties at Delano and Mondrian South Beach), ticket prices, scheduled VIP appearances, as well as regular news updates before and during the Festival, are available online at the Festival’s website.

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