4th Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival – June 6 -10

Indie Filmmakers Redefining Brazilian Cinema Will Showcase Their Heralded Work at the 4th Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival   

The 5 day Film Fest to take place on June 6 – 10, 2012 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. 

The opening night festivities include a red carpet, the Los Angeles Premiere of HELENO starting Rodrigo Santoro; and the traditional after party

Indie Filmmakers from all corners of Brazil will showcase their work at the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBR FEST) and will interact with Hollywood industry professionals in exclusive networking events. The 4th annual edition of the festival will showcase selected narrative and short films by up and coming Brazilian filmmakers and will take place in the heart of Hollywood, California from June 6th to the 10th at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets to most screening are free thanks to the generous support of the Grace Helen Spearman Foundation, the General Consulate of Brazil in Los Angeles, and the Brazilian Foreign Relations Ministry.  See www.hbrfest.com for more information.

HBR FEST officially kicks off Wednesday, June 6th with an Opening Night Celebration at the Egyptian Theater featuring a star-studded red carpet and the Los Angeles Premiere of the feature film HELENO about the tragic life of Brazil’s first soccer star, Heleno de Freitas; starting Rodrigo Santoro (Winner – Best Actor at the 2011 Havana Film Festival).

“As the only film festival in Hollywood bringing together the film industry and talented Brazilian filmmakers, we take pride on the collection of films chosen for this year program”, said Talize Sayegh, Executive Producer and Founder of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival. “We are committed to fulfilling our mission of supporting and promoting diverse visions by Brazilian filmmakers and diversity of our Brazilian culture”, she concluded.

The 5 feature narrative, 5 feature documentary and 10 short films selected for this year’s “IndieBrasil Competition” have something very meaningful in common: they are independent production; representing the newest crop of award winning filmmaking flourishing in Brazil today.

HBR FEST is the first Hollywood-based film festival dedicated to addressing the cultural and commercial exchange between Hollywood, the World Film Industry and the Brazilian Film Community. All screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

2012 Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival Official Program

(All films are in Portuguese with English subtitles, unless specified).  Seewww.hbrfest.com for more information and the complete program.

Wednesday, June 6

OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION

8 PM – Opening Ceremony

9PM – Feature Film

HELENO - 116 min

Directed by José Henrique Fonseca

The tragic life of Brazil’s first soccer star, Heleno de Freitas (Rodrigo Santoro).

Awards: Best Actor, 2011 Havana Film Festival

Thursday June 7

4PM – Filmmakers roundtable/press conference

6PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

IS THE CITY ONE ONLY? (A CIDADE É UMA SÓ?) – 80 min

Directed by Adirley Queirós

Brasilia hoped to become the expression of a modern urban concept. However, neither the workers hired to build this project, nor the constant migratory flow, fit in the government’s plan.

Short Film:

WATERFALL (CACHOEIRA) – 14 min

Directed by Sérgio Andrade

A group of young natives from the Amazon region take part in a ritual that blends homebrew beverages and suicide.

8PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

HARD LABOR (TRABALHAR CANSA) – 95 min

Directed by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

When a housewife in São Paulo pursues her dream to open her own neighborhood grocery store, the inexplicable crumbling of one of the business’ walls awakens questionings regarding the root to her problems.

Short Film:

TO SLEEP QUIETLY (PRA EU DORMIR TRANQUILO) – 15 min

Directed by Juliana Rojas

An 8 year-old boy copes with the death of his babysitter. One night, the nanny reappears inside the boy’s closet. Now he will have to make great efforts to keep her by his side.

Friday June 8

5PM – Special Film Presentation (Not in competition)

ON THE MOVE (CAMINHOS) – 78 min

Directed by Heloísa Passos, Kátia Lund & Marília Rocha

Three touching stories on children, youngsters, and adults on their way to school. Their trajectory exposes Brazil in all its geographical, economical, and sociopolitical extension.

7PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

LAURA – 90 min

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa

The sad and fascinating reality of a former “carioca” socialite, who leads a glamorous life in New York City by night, and cheats poverty during the day.

Short Film:

DINOSAUR EGGS IN THE LIVING ROOM (OVOS DE DINOSSAURO NA SALA DE ESTAR) –  12 min

Directed by Rafael Urban

An elder woman learns digital photography and editing to preserve the memory of her deceased husband, the biggest private collector of fossils in Latin America.

9PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

SWIRL (GIRIMUNHO) – 90 min

Directed by Helvécio Marins Jr. & Clarissa Campolina

An 81 year-old woman loves dancing until dawn to her neighbor’s drum rhythms in a moving depiction of life and friendship, at a small village in the arid region of Minas Gerais.

Short Film:

ASLEEP (ADORMECIDOS) – 7 min

Directed by Clarissa Campolina

Everywhere when it grows dark, the lights and billboards become the only beings alive, occupying the inert and empty streets.

Saturday June 9

5PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

THE HYPERWOMEN (AS HIPER MULHERES) – 80 min

Directed by Leonardo Sette, Carlos Fausto & Takumã Kuikuro

A musical comedy, with surprising sexual overtones, guided by the women among the Kuikuro, a traditional native tribe in the Amazon.

Short Film:

CAOS – 15 min

Directed by Fábio Baldo

A man stops his tractor to receive the sun’s call.

7PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

LOOK AT ME AGAIN (OLHE PRA MIM DE NOVO) – 77 min

Directed by Claudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman

A road-movie about the journey of Syllvio Luccio, a transsexual man, who questions maternity and contemporary families in the sexist “sertão”, the dry lands of the Northeast.

Short Film:

FAMILY MATTERS (ASSUNTO DE FAMILIA) – 15 min

Directed by Caru Alves de Souza

During a classic soccer game, a young gay man tries to find his place in his male dominated and sexist family.

9PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

CIRCULAR – 90 min

Directed by Adriano Esturilho, Aly Muritiba, Bruno de Oliveira, Diego Florentino & Fábio Allon

An ensemble multi-plot directed by five upcoming filmmakers depicts the lives of very different characters that intersect when a man tries to rescue his kidnapped son on a circular bus in downtown Curitiba.

Short Film:

THE FACTORY (A FÁBRICA) – 15 min

Directed by Aly Muritiba

An inmate convinces his mother to smuggle a cell phone for him into the prison.

Sunday June 10:

4PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

I WILL RAFFLE OFF MY HEART (VOU RIFAR MEU CORACAO) – 78 min

Directed by Ana Rieper

As real people expose their romantic stories through the lyrics of the music genre “brega”, the sentimental and erotic imaginary of Brazilians unfolds in a musical melodrama.

Short Film:

GISELA – 17 min

Directed by Felipe Sholl

Gisela lives with her husband and their maid, Luiza. The husband is always away and Gisela ends up spending most of her time alone with Luiza. That is when strange things start to happen.

6PM – Film Presentation

Feature Film:

RÂNIA – 81 min

Directed by Roberta Marques

When a brilliant teenager in Fortaleza attempts to escape the lack of perspective of her poverty through dance, the limitations of her surroundings torn her talent between prostitution and a possible international dancing career.

Short Film:

DONA SONIA BORROWED A GUN FROM HER NEIGHBOR ALCIDES (DONA SONIA PEDIU UMA ARMA PARA SEU VIZINHO ALCIDES) – 18 min

Directed by Gabriel Martins

Dona Sonia seeks revenge for the death of her only son.

8:30PM – Awards Ceremony and Closing Film Presentation

Feature Film:

RAT FEVER (A FEBRE DO RATO) – 97 min

Directed by Cláudio Assis

From visionary auteur Cláudio Assis, this colorful black-and-white film shot in Recife, questions the system and the pre-established concepts of sex and freedom.

Short Film:

WALT DISNEY SQUARE (PRAÇA WALT DISNEY) – 21 min

Directed by Renata Pinheiro & Sergio Oliveira

A “quasi-musical” approach on contemporary urban life that questions the corporate influence on Brazilian society.

11PM – Closing Party

About HBR FEST

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the cultural and commercial exchange between Hollywoodand Brazil. HBR FEST mission is to create a bridge between the international film community and Brazil, while raising public awareness for the Brazilian culture. For more information Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, please visit:  www.hbrfest.com .

Author: Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval is an award winning journalist who also produces Hispanic Lifestyle a television program broadcasting on several PBS stations throughout the United States. editorial@Hispaniclifestyle.com

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