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  Xico + Xana

Francisco Morgado

Austria/Portugal, Comedy/Drama/Coming of Age, 201213 min, RED, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Xico is a lonely 9 year old kid who just lost his father. He tries to cope with the loss with his mother but unfortunately a passion for an older neighbor, Xana, throws things out of balance. This is a tale about the loss of innocence we have all experienced and those unique moments that are forever engraved in our childhood memory.

 

US Premierewww.facebook.com/xicoexana 

Print Source: Francisco Morgado, fakano@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Filme para Poeta CegoFilm for a Blind Poet

Gustavo Vinagre

Brazil/Cuba, Biographical Documentary, 201226 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Glauco Mattoso, a blind sadomasochistic poet, agrees to participate in a documentary about his own life, but the conditions he imposes raise difficulties for the inexperienced director.

 

North American Premierewww.pretaportefilmes.com.br/en 

Print Source: Juliana Vicente - Preta Portê Filmes, juliana@pretaportefilmes.com.br

  

 

 

   
  A Mão que AfagaThe Comforting Hand

Gabriela Amaral Almeida

Brazil, Drama/Black Comedy, 201120 min, 35mm, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

For her son's bithday, Estela, a telemarketing operator, plans a party that has minimal chances of success.

 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/amaoqueafaga 

Print Source: ACERE FC, acere@acere.com.br

  

 

 

   
José e PilarJose and Pilar

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes

Spain/Portugal, Documentary, 2010117 min, DigiBeta, ColorSpanish, Portuguese with English subtitles

José e Pilar is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Río. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his last masterpiece, The Elephant's Journey, and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. José e Pilar reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything." This life-affirming film has charmed audiences and juries world wide, and was Portugal's official entry to the 2012 Academy Awards.

Austin Premiere

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Miguel Gonçalves Mendes is a Portuguese film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Since the early 2000s he's worked on a number of shorts and features, generating a filmography that has taken him to renowned film festivals around the globe.

Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Bel Berlinck, Esther García, Fernando Meirelles, Miguel Gonçalves MendesProduction Companies: JumpCutCinematographer: Daniel NevesEditor: Cláudia Rita OliveiraSound Design: Alessandro Laroca, Armando TorresCast: José Saramago, Pilar del Río, Gael García Bernal, Fernando Meirelles

Print Source: Paul Hudson - Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Meu PaísMy Country

André Ristum

Brazil, Family Drama, 201190 min, HDV, ColorPortuguese, Italian with English subtitles

Marcos and Thiago are brothers with a broken relationship. Marcos lives in Europe where he leads a life full of propriety. Thiago lives in Brazil and spends his time wasting his father's money on nights, booze and women. After their father dies, they are faced with astonishing news: their father had another daughter, a mentally disturbed girl, who has lived in a private mental institute all her life. This new reality leads the brothers into new experiences, forcing them to confront totally new and unexpected situations, which lead to a new and important understanding between them. Meu País, which has been celebrated for direction, acting, music, and editing in Brazil, now comes to Austin.

North American  Premiere

André Ristum was born in Rome and started his career in cinema in Italy as an AD. Since 1996, he has been working in Brazil, and has established himself in the industry primarily as a writer and director of short films, including the award winning Homem Voa?, De Glauber Para Jirges, 14 Bis, and Nello's. Meu País is his first feature film, which he wrote, directed, and produced.

Producer: Fabiano GullaneProduction Companies: GullaneScreenwriter: André Ristum, Marco Dutra, Octavio ScopellitiCinematographer: Helcio NagamineEditor: Paulo SacramentoSound Design: Luiz AdelmoMusic: Patrick de Jongh, Patrícia PortaroCast: Rodrigo Santoro, Caua Raymond, Debora Falabella, Paulo Jose, Anita CaprioliPrint Source: Tom Davia - Shoreline Entertainment, tom@slefilms.com

Friday, April 27 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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O PalhaçoThe Clown

Selton Mello

Brazil, Comedy/Drama, 201188 min, 35mm, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Benjamin and Waldemar, father and son, are the fabulous clown duo, Pangaré and Puro Sangue. They make their living traveling the country with a circus. They do not have a fixed address. Benjamin grows tired of the road and begins to feel he is no longer funny. Once he feels like he has lost his talent, he goes on a journey of self-discovery to claim a life he has so long dreamed of--to settle down, get a social security number, and an identity. O Palhaço, featuring the talented Brazilian actor and director Selton Mello, won Best Director at the São Paulo Association of Art Critics Awards.

 

Regional Premiere

www.opalhacofilme.com.br

 

Selton Mello was born in Passos, Brazil in 1972. He has become one of the most talented actors in Brazil, and has sustained a 30-year career. His first feature, December was awarded in several international film festivals. O Palhaço, his second feature film as director, became a box office hit in Brazil and has sold more than 1.5 million tickets.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Vania Catani, Carlos Eduardo RodriguesProduction Companies: Bananeira Filmes, Telecine, Locall, Imagem Filmes, Globo FilmesScreenwriter: Selton Mello, Marcelo VindicatoCinematographer: Adrian TejidoEditor: Selton Mello, Marilia MoraesSound Design: George SaldanhaCast: Paolo José, Selton Mello, Larissa Manoela, Giselle Motta, Teuda Bara Print Source: Bananeira Filmes, bananeira@bananeirafilmes.com.br

Sunday, April 29 - 8:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With producer Fernanda Kalume in attendance

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Sangue do Meu SangueBlood of My Blood

João Canijo

Portugal, Drama, 2011133 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Marcia is determined to end the cycle of poverty for her family and, when she discovers that her daughter is dating an older professor, she will stop at nothing to end this unwelcome relationship. Sangue do Meu Sangue is about the harshness of life in the inner city of Lisbon and the sacrifices that two women are willing to make for their family. This critically acclaimed film with superb sound design and use of mise-en-scène has played in numerous festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the FIPRESCI Prize at San Sebastián.

Texas Premiere

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João Canijo was born in Portugal. Unlike other Portuguese filmmakers of his generation (those that made their appearance in the late 1980s and early '90s), João did not direct his first film after attending a film school. Instead, he underwent a kind of apprenticeship working as an assistant to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Werner Schroeter and Alain Tanner. Sangue do Meu Sangue is his seventh feature.

Producer: Pedro BorgesScreenwriter: João CanijoCinematographer: Mário CastanheiraEditor: João Braz Cast: Rita Blanco, Fernando Luís, Anabela Moreira, Beatriz Batarda, Cleia Almeida, Marcello Urgeghe, Nuno Lopes, Teresa Madruga, Rafael Morais, Francisco Tavares, Teresa TavaresPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 10:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Without A Net

Kelly J Richardson

Brazil/USA, Documentary, 201260 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

 

Djeferson, Bárbara, Rayana and Platini live in a drug controlled slum of Rio de Janeiro. Their families are struggling, their homes are physically unstable, and everyone they know has dropped out of school. When a big-top circus tent suddenly appears in a nearby parking lot, they decide to take a chance. They learn trapeze, acrobatics, juggling and contortion, then audition for the end-of-year show. Along the way, Without A Net explores the connections between risk, desire, poverty and circus, and celebrates the perseverance and resilience of youth in the face of tremendous odds. Without A Net recently premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival to enthusiastic audiences, and was invited to an extra screening during the encore/"Festival Favorites" day.

 

Regional Premiere

www.withoutanetmovie.com

 

Kelly J Richardson is an actor, acrobat, aerialist and filmmaker. She graduated with honors from UC Berkeley, studied at the Ailey school for dance in New York City, and has performed circus, theater and dance in San Francisco, New York, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. She has directed and produced several short films and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the production of her first feature film, Without A Net.

 

Producer: Kelly J RichardsonScreenwriter: Jessica AbbeCinematographer: Kelly J RichardsonEditor: Quinn CostelloSound Design: Mark Berger, James LebrechtMusic: B. Quincy GriffinCast: Djeferson Mendes de Sila, Bárbara Moura, Rayana Dias de Motta, Platini Queiroz, Junior Perim, Allan Davi, Ademir "Ziquinho"Print Source: Kelly J Richardson, kelly@withoutanetmovie.com

Friday, April 27 - 4:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

With director Kelly J Richardson in attendance

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Dia de PretoDay of Black

Marcial Renato, Marcos Felipe Delfino, Daniel Mattos

Brazil, Surrealist Drama/Mystery/Satire, 201190 min, DVCPro50, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

At the time of slavery, every day was a "day of black" in Brazil. But somewhere in the past, one of the slaves became the first free Brazilian black man. This is the backdrop to the saga of a young worker today in the eternal quest for freedom. The black man is now the driver of a wealthy family, involved with the daughter of his boss in the theft of a sacred relic. Pursued by the girl's boyfriend, he spends a crazy night in a mall, facing a series of bizarre characters. After a journey of life and death, our hero learns that there are days when the night sucks, and some stories do not end ever. Dia de Preto has played at various film festivals around the world, including recently at the Chicago Latino Film Festival; this film also features an outstanding soundtrack which was honored with Best Score by the Sunset International Film Festival, LA.

Regional Premiere

www.diadepreto.com.br

Marcos Felipe has a degree in Radio and TV from UFRJ and post graduate degrees in Screenwriting from UESA and Audiovisual Regulation from UFRJ. Since 2006, he's worked as a regulator for ANCINE in Brazil.Daniel Mattos also graduated from UFRJ and holds MA and PhD degrees in Communication from the same institution. Marcial Renato is a graduate in Communication with an MA in Literature from UFRJ. Marcial was a producer for TV Globo and currently acts as a regulator for ANCINE. Dia de Preto is the first feature written, produced and directed by these collaborators.

Producer: Marcial RenatoProduction Companies: DEMIANScreenwriter: Marcial Renato, Marcos Felipe Delfino, Daniel MattosCinematographer: Gustavo Nasr, Marcos Felipe DelfinoEditor: Marcos Felipe DelfinoSound Design: Marcos Felipe DelfinoMusic: João Vianna, Nado Zicker, Denis PortoCast: Marcelo Batista, Vanessa Galvão, Guilherme Almeida, Paulo Abreu, Ricardo Bonaverti, Raul Ferreira, Naiara Hawaii, Andrea Cassali, Heráclito Junior, Deivid AraújoPrint Source: Marcos Felipe Delfino, mafelipe@gmail.com, filme@diadepreto.com.br

Thursday, April 26 - 3:30 PM

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Saturday, April 28 - 10:30 PM

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Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Olhe Pra Mim de NovoLook at Me Again

Claudia Priscilla, Kiko Goifman

Brazil, Documentary, 201179 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This documentary tells the story of a transsexual living in the northeast part of Brazil. We see him, Sillvyo Luccio, in a journey from Ceará to Paraíba looking for his daughter, Maria Tereza. Tereza does not accept her mother's sex transformation, and they live far away from one another, which is why Sillvyo has to travel for days in order to reach her. The film uses Sillvyo's own voice to tell his story, his sufferings, and his misfortunes, including his desire to have a biological family. He finds solidarity in the lives of other people who have suffered discrimination, such as transvestites and patients of a rare muscle disease. This film had its world premiere at Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente and also screened in the Berlin International Film Festival.

North American Premiere

www.lookatmeagain.wordpress.com

Claudia Priscilla is a journalist that lives in São Paulo. Claudia is the director of several short films including Parachacal, Sexo e Claustro, and Phedra. Claudia is the writer of the screenplay (together with Kiko Goifman) of the documentary, 33, and has worked as producer and designer on several audio-visual productions.Kiko Goifman, an outstanding Brazilian director, has directed the award-winning feature films, 33, Atos dos Homens, and FilmeFobia, winner of the Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (2008). FilmeFobia screened in competition at Cine Las Americas in 2009.

Producer: Jurandir MullerScreenwriter: Claudia PriscillaCinematographer: Pedro MarquesEditor: Pedro MarquesSound Design: Livio TragtenbergPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 8:15 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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Vou Rifar Meu CoraçãoI Will Raffle off My Heart

Ana Rieper

Brazil, Music Documentary, 201178 min, HDV, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Vou Rifar Meu Coração is about the music, the performers and the followers of Brazilian romantic music, called "cheesy" by music critics and rich people. Using the music as a catalyst, this documentary shows the sentiments, love, suffering and sexuality of the fans and their idols, creating a scenario that reveals their practices and desires. This genre represents a very important part of popular art, seldom registered as part of Brazilian Popular Music. Most books about Brazilian music solemnly ignore it, even though it has always sold millions of records. Frequently associated with bad taste and poor quality, the style is admired by the low class, under-, sub- or unemployed population, originally from rural extract, banished to the cities in search of work and a better life. This film has played around the world, including the 44th Festival de Brasilia.

North American  Premiere

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Ana Rieper was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1975. She is a documentary filmmaker with a Masters Degree in Development and Environment. She graduated with a degree in Geography at the Fluminense Federal University, where she also studied Cinema for two years. Ana has been working in audiovisual media since 1998, when she made the documentary Saara, about the immigrants from different parts of the world who settled in downtown Rio de Janeiro, forming a community known as Saara. Vou Rifar meu Coração is her first feature film to have a theatrical release.

Producer: Suzana AmadoProduction Companies: Amado arte&produçãoCinematographer: Manuel AguasEditor: Pedro AsbegSound Design: Aurelio DiasCast: Agnaldo Timóteo, Amado Batista, Lindomar Castilho, Nelson Ned, Odair José, Rodrigo Mell, Walter de Afogados, WandoPrint Source: Suzana Amado, suzana.amado@globo.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 2:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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Gisela

Federico Actis

Brazil, Drama/Mystery, 201117 min, DigiBeta, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

Gisela lives with her husband, Roberto, and their maid, Luiza, in an upper-middle class apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Roberto is always away, and Gisela ends up spending most of her time alone with Luiza. She feels something is not right with Luiza, but doesn't know exactly what it is. Soon, strange events start happening in the apartment, but, who is causing them? This short followed Sholl's acclaimed short film Tá, which won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film (Berlin), and based on these and other projects, Sholl was selected to participate in the 23rd Session of the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence.

North American Premiere

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Felipe Sholl has a screenwriting degree from the Darcy Ribeiro Film School and a journalism degree from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his award-winning short Tá, Felipe’s other works include the feature screenplay The Other End, Histórias que só existem quando lembradas which had its debut at the Venice Film Festival, and the upcoming Trinta.

Producer: Daniel van HoogstratenProduction Companies: Syndrome FilmsScreenwriter: Felipe ShollCinematographer: Leo BittencourtEditor: Júlia MuratSound Design: Daniel TuriniCast: Carla Ribas, Débora AlmeidaPrint Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com

Wednesday, April 25 - 3:30 PM

Friday, April 27 - 6:30 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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pt.es

Pedro Sena Nunes

Portugal, Documentary, 201123 min, HD, ColorPortuguese, Spanish with English subtitles

This documentary short explores the culture clash among two countries along their borders. pt.es takes a "slice of life" approach, as a documentary examining the small amount of land that connects Spain and Portugal. The film utilizes anecdotes from people on both sides of the border to illustrate how the two nationalities, which had been slowly integrating, are rapidly coming together in the modern age. pt.es recently screened in the Semana del Cine de Medina del Campo.

International Premiere

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Pedro Sena Nunes was born in Lisbon in 1968. He completed his degree in Cinema in 1992 at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema after attending the Lisbon Engineering Institute in 1989. Over the years, he has produced over 100 radio and TV publicity spots and currently works as Artistic Director at the Vo'Arte Association and coordinates projects with young emergent artists.

Producer: Pedro Sena Nunes, Ana Rita BarataProduction Companies: Associação Vo'ArteScreenwriter: Pedro Sena NunesCinematographer: Pedro Sena NunesEditor: Maribel Espinal, Cristina BrumSound Design: Filipe Chagas, Vando EnesMusic: Nuno CostaPrint Source: Associação Vo'Arte, cinemalerta@voarte.com

Thursday, April 26 - 6:30 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)

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Balanços e MilkshakesSwings and Milkshakes

Erick Ricco, Fernando Mendes

Brazil, Animation, 201010 min, HD, ColorPortuguese with English subtitles

This animated short film is about a dark-haired boy and a girl with large eyes. They meet and become friends over an innocent game of hopscotch. The children begin spending all their time together. As time passes, the boy and girl become very happy to be together. Balanços e Milkshakes tells the story of first, timid love and happiness from sharing time together. Balanços e Milkshakes received resources from the Filme em Minas Award and the Belo Horizonte Cultural Fund.

US Premiere

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Erick Ricco was born in 1985 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Balanços e Milkshakes (Swings and Milkshakes) which he wrote and co-directed received the Filme em Minas Award and Belo Horizonte Cultural Fund.

Co-director Fernando Mendes was also born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he currently works mainly as an independent director and editor, and is part of the experimental duet “eocopo”.

Producer: Fernanda Salgado, Thais PimentaScreenwriter: Erick RiccoCinematographer: Erick RiccoEditor: Erick Ricco, Fernando MendesMusic: eocopoCast: Ana Clara Moreira, Paulo Kayser Maia, Bruno Miglioli Cunha (narrator)Print Source: Apiário, alo@apiario.net

Friday, April 27 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

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Soldados da Borracha Rubber Soldiers

Cesar Garcia Lima

Brazil, Documentary, 2010 26 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English Subtitles

 

Between 1942 and 1945, fifty-five thousand Brazilian men worked in the Amazon to extract rubber as part of the World War II effort. At the end of the war, they received no tributes and continued extracting rubber in the forest in the Brazilian state of Acre, where most of them later died. Acre was the site of the largest number of these workers, and in this film four survivors of this period share their stories.

 

World Premiere

www.soldadosdaborracha.blogspot.com

 

Producer: Susanna Lira, Luciana Freitas Production Companies: Modo Operante Produções Screenwriter: Cesar Garcia Lima Cinematographer: Pedro Faerstein Editor: Tito Gomes, Cesar Garcia Lima Sound Design: Etienne Chambolle Music: Caldo de Piaba Print Source: Luciana Freitas - Modo Operante Produções, luciana@modooperante.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Se Meu Pai Fosse de Pedra If My Father Were Made of Stone

Maria Camargo

Brazil, Biographical Documentary, 2010 19 min, 8mm/Super16mm/Digital/HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

The sculptor Sergio Camargo died 19 years ago. If the bones left in the grave are in fact his remains, would his sculptures be living remains? What is ephemeral and what is lasting? Is there a possible eternity? Seen through the eyes of his daughter, Maria, Sergio Camargo is examined both as an artist and a man.

 

North American Premiere

Producer: Maria Camargo Production Companies: CaradeCão Filmes Screenwriter: Maria Camargo Cinematographer: Tuca Moraes Editor: Leo Alves, Maria Camargo Sound Design: Bruno Fernandes Music: Tim Rescala Cast: Maria Camargo, Celso do Prado, Miguel Camargo Kubrusly, Clara Camargo Vianna, João Camargo de Souza Dantas, Nina Camargo de Souza Dantas Print Source: Maria Camargo, miacamargo@uol.com.br

 

Mexican American Cultural Center Fri. April 22 3:00 PM FREE!

 

Um Dia com Frederico Morais A Day with Frederico Morais

Guilherme Coelho

Brazil, Biographical/Experimental Documentary, 2010 60 min, HDV/Super 8mm, Color/Black & White Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Frederico Morais is a 74 year-old art critic, curator and former director of the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Morais allows director Guilherme Coelho into his home to view a little-known audio-visual project of sequences of photos shown on slides with accompanying audio recordings. With this project he creates a unique dialogue with the artists he critiques; in analyzing their works of art, he creates his own to provide his critical commentary.

 

World Premiere

www.matizar.com.br

 

Born in 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coelho studied economics, documentary filmmaking, journalism and theater at Stanford University. He is also the director of numerous films including the series Portraits in Contemporary Art, Fernando Lemos-Behind the Image, Cildo, and 5 +5 +.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Mariana Ferraz Production Companies: Matizar Filmes Screenwriter: Guilherme Coelho, Letícia Simões, Marcia Watzl Cinematographer: Alberto Bellezia Editor: Marcia Watzl Sound Design: Denilson Campos Print Source: Mariana Ferraz, mariana@matizar.com.br

 

 

Mexican American Cultural CenterThur. April 28 1:00 PM FREE!

 

No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores Within the River Among the Trees

Jorge Bodanzky

Brazil, Human Rights Documentary, 2010 73 min, Digital, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Within the Amazon Basin, there are a total of 35 communities living across 16.4 million acres of conservation areas of rainforest. The river is the only means of access to these communities. No Meio do Rio Entre as Árvores captures images of an abundant world, full of beauty, but where predatory economic exploration has left its marks.

 

World Premiere

www.raizdistribuidora.com.br

 

Jorge Bodanzky was born in São Paulo in 1942. Director of various films, such as Iracema, Uma Transa Amazônica, O Terceiro Milênio, and Igreja dos Oprimidos, he has produced and directed hundreds of documentaries and currently holds visual art and music workshops with communities in the Amazon.

 

 

 

Producer: Beto Lacerda, Jorge Bodanzky Screenwriter: Jorge Bodanzky Cinematographer: Jorge Pennington Editor: Rodrigo Menecucci Sound Design: Alice Bodanzky Music: Thiago Cury, Marcus Siqueira Cast: Indigenous peoples of the Amazon Print Source : Raiz Distribuidora, distribuidora@raizprod.com.br

 

Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edward's UniversityTue. April 26 7:00 PM FREE!

 

 

Complexo - Universo Paralelo Complexo - Parallel Universe

Mário Patrocínio

Portugal/Brazil, Documentary, 2010 80 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

The most feared favela of Brazil, Complexo do Alemão in Rio de Janeiro, has a population of 300,000, and is the largest gun and drug depot of the city. In 2007, during a period of heightened tension and violence in Rio, the largest police operation ever was launched, and residents awoke and fell asleep to the sound of gunshots. Complexo shows the unique kind of order that resulted from apparent anarchy in this dangerous and complex system.

 

Regional Premiere

www.complexofilme.com

 

A native of Lisbon, and having lived and worked throughout the world, Mário Patrocínio moved into the Complexo do Alemão favela in 2005 to investigate and document residents' daily lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Henrique Salgado, Mário Patrocínio, Pedro Patrocínio, Tiago Duque Production Companies: Complex Films Screenwriter: Mário Patrocínio Cinematographer: Pedro Patrocínio Editor: Cláudia Silvestre, João Monge, Sérgio Pedro Sound Design: Sérgio Duarte Music: Chico Neves Print Source: Henrique Salgado, henriquesalgado@complexfilms.eu

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 4:30 PM Buy Tickets

 

Avenida Brasília Formosa Defiant Brasilia

Gabriel Mascaro

Brazil, Experimental Documentary, 2010 85 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Individuals from various walks of life are all real people placed in a fictional structure: Brasilia Formosa Avenue, which runs along Recife's urban coastline. Through their daily routines, a poetic web of encounters, memories and desires offers insight into their contemporary reality and relationships with the newly constructed avenue.

 

Regional Premiere

www.figafilms.com

 

Gabriel Mascaro graduated from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. His first feature, Um Lugar Ao Sol, won various international festival awards. Founder of the production company Simio, he also works as an educator for NGO Video in the Villages teaching film in indigenous communities.

 

 

 

 

Producer: Mannuela Costa, Gabriel Mascaro Production Companies: Plano 09 Produções Screenwriter: Gabriel Mascaro Cinematographer: Ivo Lopes Araújo Editor: Tatiana Almeida Sound Design: Carlos Montenegro Cast: Fabio Gomes de Melo Print Source: Alex Garcia - FiGa Films, alex@figafilms.com

 

 

 

A Alegria The Joy

Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande

Brazil, Drama, 2010 100 min, HD, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

A fairy tale about youth and courage, A Alegria tells the story of 16-year-old Luiza, a girl who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. During the Christmas holidays, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood of the city and disappears into the middle of the night. Some weeks after, while Luiza is alone in her apartment, she finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to help hide him.

 

Regional Premiere

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Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, both 29 years old, are part of a new generation of Brazilian filmmakers. Together they developed the Coração no Fogo Trilogy as a way of questioning some realistic traditions in Brazilian movies. A Alegria is the second film of the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

Producer: Lara Frigotto, Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande Production Companies: Duas Mariola Filmes Screenwriter: Felipe Bragança Cinematographer: Andra Capella Editor: Marina Meliande Sound Design: Felippe Mussel Music: Lucas Marcier Cast: Tainá Medina, Cesar Cardadeiro, Flora Dias, Rikle Jeová Print Source: Alex Garcia - FiGa Films, alex@figafilms.com

 

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM Buy Tickets

 

Os Inquilinos The Tenants

Sérgio Bianchi

Brazil, Drama/Suspense, 2009 103 min, 35mm, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Laborer and student Valter lives with his wife and two children in São Paulo. When three young criminals move in next door, a bunker mentality sets in as the city endures a wave of violent crime. Building tension throughout with a blend of reality and fevered imagination, this gripping domestic thriller depicts a community plagued, yet also aroused by, a permeating atmosphere of destruction.

 

Texas Premiere

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Sérgio Bianchi was born in Ponta Grossa, Brazil in 1945. He graduated from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo and began his career in 1972. His features include Romance and Chronically Unfeasible. The Tenants is his sixth feature film.

 

Producer: Sérgio Bianchi Production Companies: Agravo Produções Cinematográficas Screenwriter: Sérgio Bianchi, Beatriz Bracher Cinematographer: Marcelo Corpanni, Gilberto Otero Editor: André Finotti Sound Design: Paulo Ricardo Music: Sérgio Bianchi Cast: Marat Descartes, Ana Carbatti, Umberto Magnani Print Source: Jeremy Quist - The Global Film Initiative, bookings@globalfilm.org

 

 

Alamo South Lamar - Tue. April 26 9:30 PMBuy Tickets

 

Morrer Como um Homem To Die Like a Man

João Pedro Rodrigues

Portugal/France, Drama, 2009 134 min, 35mm, Color Portuguese with English subtitles

 

Co-sponsored by the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Tonia is a transsexual star in the Lisbon club world. She is juggling a needy, junkie boyfriend; competition from a new black, drag sensation; her psychopathic, soldier son; and, worst of all, the physical and emotional ravages of age. Her body is rejecting the various surgical and hormonal transformations that made her famous, a fact made evident by the brutal representations of its physical deterioration. Her body seems to insist that her life lived as a woman must end in her dying like a man, but nothing is as simple as it seems. The film blends surrealism with realism to paint a complex psychological portrait. Official selection by the Cinefondation for the Atelier of Cannes Film Festival 2007 and for Un Certain Regard during Cannes 2009.

 

Regional Premiere

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João Pedro Rodrigues was born in 1966 in Lisbon, Portugal. His first short film, Parabéns! was awarded a Special Jury Mention in the 54th Venice International Film Festival. His other features include O Fantasma and Two Drifters.

 

 

 

Producer: Maria João Sigalho Production Companies: Rosa Filmes, Ad Vitam Production Screenwriter: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Catalão Cinematographer: Rui Poças Editor: João Pedro Rodrigues, Rui Mourão Sound Design: Nuno Carvalho, Jean-Pierre Laforce Music: Bonnie Tyler, Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida, Alexander David, Fernando Santos, Cindy Scrash, Baby Dee Cast: Fernando Santos, Alexander David, Gonçalo Ferreira de Almeida, Chandra Malatitch, Jenny Larrue Print Source: Strand Releasing, strand@strandreleasing.com

 

 

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