Colony Theatre. From August 21 through 24, 2013.
Founded by Inffinito in 1997, BRAFF Miami was the first film festival created to showcase Brazilian movies only, outside of Brazil, and ever since, many others have followed its pioneering efforts. The 2013 program includes more than 20 short and feature films to be shown during an 8-day event in Miami Beach.
The festival will open on August 17 with the documentary on Japanese Brazilian artists West Encounters East, by Executive Producer Stella Homes, at the Miami Beach Cinematheque which will also host Cinefoot – A World Cup Tribute, a special presentation that includes a variety of films dedicated to soccer. Zico in the Net is a documentary about the career of Zico, top football scorer of the Maracanã’s stadium in Rio de Janeiro, illustrated by the goals of the kindly called “Galinho” and by his own personal collection. While Heleno, directed by José Henrique Fonseca, tells the story of a great soccer player from the 40s, played by actor Rodrigo Santoro.
The competitive screenings will take place at the Colony Theatre, starting August 24 with the international premiere of My Mom Is a Character. The comedy about a middle-aged and lonely housewife took more than four million people to the theaters in Brazil this year, since its debut. Another Brazilian top box office movie, Head Over Heels 2, directed by Roberto Santucci, takes the funny and successful executive Alice to New York, to open her first adult store in the US. Other US premieres include the comedy, The Test, directed by Pedro Vasconcellos, and the drama Collect Call, by Anna Muylaert. Award winning actress Fernanda Montenegro is the star of The Lady from Estacio, short film directed by Eduardo Ades.
Closing the festival, Reaching for the Moon, by Bruno Barreto, will make its Florida debut on August 24. The movie tells the love story of Elizabeth Bishop – the great American poet, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956 – and Lota de Macedo Soares, Brazilian female entrepreneur.
The Brazilian Film Festival is also a chance to meet some of the biggest names of the Brazilian Cinema industry. Actress Maria Paula, from Head Over Heels 2, and actress Samantha Schmütz, from My Mom is a Character have confirmed their presence. Joining them are directors Anna Mulayert (Collect Call), Marcelo Galvão (Buddies), Juliana Reis (AE – Auto Exposure) and Antonio Carlos da Fontoura, director of We Are So Young, film about singer and composer Renato Russo. Actress Gloria Pires, who plays Lota in Reaching for the Moon, and film producer Paula Barreto, are also guests of the event.
The 2013 lineup was chosen by a panel of curators, composed by a “who’s who” of the Brazilian movie scene! Such influential industry professionals as Marketing and Development manager of Channel Brazil, André Saddy, filmmaker Producer and Founder of Cavídeo, Cavi Borges, filmmaker and current President of the Brazilian Association of Independent TV Producers (BAITP), Marco Altberg, Executive Producer Elisa Tolomelli and one of the most important cinematographers of contemporary Brazilian cinema, Walter Carvalho, a critically and internationally acclaimed filmmaker, known for his award-winning films such as Central Station and Carandiru, just to name a few.
Brazilian Film Festival of Miami