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  • Bozo biopic is Brazil’s 2018 Oscar hopeful

    So far, 2017 has been the first year in recent memory in which a Brazilian movie fails to achieve must-see status in the U.S. specialty circuit, but that may change now that seasoned distributor Gullane is set to pitch Oscar hopeful Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo: O Rei das Manhã) to American audiences. […]

  • MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series in Chicago from Oct. 30 - Nov. 17

    MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series in Chicago from Oct. 30 – Nov. 17

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ariani Friedl MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series to Highlight the Role of Women in the Workforce Four women filmmakers to attend 2016 edition of MOSTRA; Paralympics also in focus OCTOBER 19, 2016 – The seventh annual edition of the MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series is bringing more than 20 award-winning films to Chicago […]

  • 'Aquarius' finally gets U.S. debut

    ‘Aquarius’ finally gets U.S. release

    After a lengthy run on the international circuit, Aquarius, the most talked-about Brazilian movie of 2016, had its U.S. debut Thursday at the 54th New York Film Festival. Director Kleber Mendonça Filho and leading lady Sônia Braga were present for the screening and discussion session that followed. .@bragasonia and @kmendoncafilho discussing AQUARIUS at one of […]

  • Brazilian cinema at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival

    Brazilian cinema at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival

    The Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) has been a reliable source of Brazilian cinema in the Midwest. This year the flow slowed down to a crawl — two full-length films and one short. But while quantity is lacking, quality isn’t. Where I Grow Old (A Cidade onde Envelheço) Teresa, a 25-year-old Portuguese woman, moves in […]

  • 5 Brazilian films that are making waves on the international film festival circuit

    5 Brazilian films that are making waves on the international circuit

    Aquarius Kleber Mendonça Filho’s sophomore film walked away empty-handed from the Cannes Film Festival in May despite arriving with a lot of buzz on the strength of 2012’s highly regarded Neighboring Sounds (O Som ao Redor). But most reviews ranged from positive to ecstatic, and Aquarius has done quite well on the festival circuit since […]

  • Double win for Brazil at Cannes 2016

    Double win for Brazil at Cannes 2016

    Brazilian filmmakers have been leaving the Cannes Film Festival empty-handed since 2008, when Sandra Corveloni won Best Actress for Walter Salles’ Linha de Passe, and the 18-minute short Muro received the Regard Neuf award in the parallel section Directors’ Fortnight. The long drought came to an end at the 2016 festival. On Saturday, Eryk Rocha […]

  • Review: 'Neon Bull' celebrates the power of aspirations

    Review: ‘Neon Bull’ celebrates the power of aspirations

    Iremar (Juliano Cazarre) works the vaquejada circuit, but he’s not one of the dashing cowboys who thrill audiences as they pursue and knock down bulls in arenas across Brazil’s Northeast. He’s one of the lowly grunts who care for the animals behind the scenes, feeding them, cleaning up after them, transporting them from one arena […]

  • Award-winning 'Neon Bull' ('Boi Neon') hitting U.S. screens

    Award-winning ‘Neon Bull’ (‘Boi Neon’) hitting U.S. screens

    The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) may have been the most talked-about Brazilian film of 2015, but Neon Bull (Boi Neon) was the biggest award-winner, notching an Honorable Mention at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Award, and the top prizes at the Stockholm and Rio de Janeiro International Film Festivals, […]

  • 'The Summer of Gods' brings Orisha traditions to life

    ‘The Summer of Gods’ brings Orisha traditions to life

    Eliciana Nascimento set out on a personal journey, but hundreds of people came along — and many more are still joining her along the way. “This story is based on my personal experience,” Nascimento said after a screening of her short film The Summer of Gods at the University of Chicago on Saturday. “The little […]