Hollywood and Brazilian Movie Stars to Attend the Opening Night Celebration of the 3rd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival Presented by LG Brazil - ALL FREE SCREENINGS!





The 4 day Film Fest will take place on

June 1 - 4, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

The opening night festivities include a red carpet, a film screening, a tribute celebration to Fernanda Montenegro, Brazil’s finest actress; and the traditional after party

Thanks to LG Brazil, the festival’s presenting sponsor, most screenings are free and open to the public

(May 27, 2011 - Hollywood, CA) – With the theme IndieBrazil 2011, The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival presented by LG Brazil will showcase selected feature and short films by up and coming Brazilian filmmakers. The 3rd annual edition of the festival will take place in the heart ofHollywood,California at the Egyptian Theater and Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas. See www.hbrfest.com for more information.

HBR FEST officially kicks off Wednesday, June 1st with an Opening Night Celebration at the Egyptian Theater featuring a star-studded red carpet and a tribute celebration to the career of Fernanda Montenegro, Brazil’s most accomplished actress. Fernanda Montenegro received a leading actress Academy Award Nomination for her work in Central Station, and will make a rare visit to the USA for this special occasion. The evening also showcases the West Coast Premiere of the feature film RISCADO (Craft) and the short film RECIFE FRIO (Cold Tropics).

The 9 feature and 9 short films selected for this year’s festival have something very meaningful in common: they are independent productions. Most were made with the support of federal and regional funds, but still, they each have a singular, original voice of their own. They are totally universal in their approach to the audience, miles away from any clichés we all know too well. Every feature, short, doc, and narrative moving image, captured in a myriad of formats, represents the newest crop of filmmaking flourishing in Brazilin the last few years. Several HBRFEST 2011

 



films showcased are co-productions with other countries, directed by new and established filmmakers. All are essentially Brazilians and multi-cultural by nature.

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 and this year; thanks to LG Brazil, the festival’s presenting sponsor, the screenings at the Mann Chinese 6 Theaters are free and open to the public. The Mann Chinese 6 is located inside theHollywood &Highland complex inHollywood,California. To reserve free tickets, please go to http://bit.ly/TIXHBRFEST. The Opening Night Gala takes place at the Egyptian Theater located at6712 Hollywood Blvd,Hollywood,CA90028 and admission is by invitation only.

IndieBrazil 2011 - Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival Official Program

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

Wednesday, June 1, 8 PM

OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION

Feature Film:

RISCADO (Craft) - 82 min

West Coast Premiere

With the expressiveness of a golden-ageHollywoodstar, Karine Teles gives a tour-de-force performance as a talented actress who struggles through life with small, humiliating jobs to make ends meet, until she gets what may be her big break. Director Gustavo Pizzi, who co-wrote the script with Teles (his real-life wife), says that RISCADO (Craft) is a film about “searching for the sky that is melting outside while we are sweeping the floor.” Pizzi portrays the cruelty of the competitive world in which we live, and heightens the drama not by resorting to exaggerated scenarios, but by picking the perfect protagonist: an actress. Acting from deep within, Teles beautifully portrays the life of someone who must contain her constant fear of time’s passing, her insecurity that a mastery of her own craft may not be enough, and the gnawing feeling that each day of auditions and casting calls becomes another day lost in the struggle for success.

Awards: Best Actress – 2010RioInt’l Film Festival

Director Gustavo Pizzi and Actress Karine Teles in attendance

Short Film:

RECIFEFRIO(Cold Tropics) -24 min

Thursday, June 2, 5 PM

Chat with filmmakers, scholars, critics, and the audience

Thursday, June 2, 7PM

Feature Film:

A FUGA DA MULHER GORILA (Escape of the Gorilla Woman) - part 1 trilogy

USAPremiere

Directed by Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande

Cast: Flora Dias, Morena Cattoni, Alberto Moura Jr., Pedro Freir HBRFEST 2011

 

This musical road movie tells the story of two sisters (played by Flora Dias and Morena Catonni) who decide to embark on a journey through the state ofRio de Janeiroin an old kombi van. Along the way, they offer a lift to an actor (Alberto Moura Jr) who also wants to visit the state, and together, the trio organizes a spectacular show in which one of them transforms into a gorilla and threatens the audience.

Awards: Best Film - 2009 Tiradentes Film Festival

Co-director Felipe Bragança in attendance

Short Film:

A DISTRAÇÃO DE IVAN (Ivan’s Distraction) – 16 min

Thursday, June 2, 9 PM

A ALEGRIA (The Joy) - part 2 trilogy – 100 min

Los AngelesPremiere

Directed by Felipe Bragança & Marina Meliande

Cast: Tainá Medina, Junior Moura, Flora Dias, Rikle Miranda

THE JOY is a fairy tale about youth and courage. THE JOY tells the story of 16-year-old Luiza, who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. On Christmas Eve, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood and disappears in the middle of the night. A few weeks later, while alone in her apartment in a middle class neighborhood ofRio de Janeiro, Luiza finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to be hidden there.

Awards: 2010Cannes– Directors’ Fortnight

Co-director Felipe Bragança in attendance - part 2 trilogy

Short Film:

ODIVINO,DEREPENTE (Divino Feestyles) – 6 min

Friday, June 3, 5 PM

Feature Film:

DESASSOSSEGO (NeverQuiet - film of wonders) - part 3 trilogy – 63 min

North AmericaPremiere

Directed by Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande, Karim Aïnouz, Ivo Lopes Araujo, Gustavo Bragança, Helvécio Marins Jr., Clarissa Campolina, Caetano Gotardo Soares, Raphael Mesquita, Leonardo Levis,CarolinaDurão, Andrea Capella, Marco Dutra & Juliana Rojas. The project was an initiative of the directing duo Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, who sent a ‘letter of concern’ to inspire the participants. In it, a 16-year-old girl wrote about her dreams, which have been translated by the directors into films about love, youth and the possibilities of cinema. The final result is a frenzied crossover of styles filmed in Super-8, VHS, HD and mini-DV. Pure poetry, a joy to see and balsam for the soul. NEVERQUIET is the final part of the trilogy Hearts on Fire by Bragança and Meliande, of which all three parts, The The Escape of the Gorilla Woman and The Joy, can also be seen for the fisrt time in one event at this year’s Festival.

Co-director Felipe Bragança in attendance - part 3 trilogy

Second film:

CHANTAL AKERMAN DE CÁ (Chantal Akerman from Here) – 61 min HBRFEST 2011

 

Friday, June 3, 7:30 PM

Feature Film:

ESTRADA PARA YTHACA (Road to Ythaca) – 70 min

North AmericaPremiere

Directed, Written, Edited, Photographed, and Produced by

Guto Parente, Luiz Pretti, Pedro Diógenes, Ricardo Pretti

With: Guto Parente, Luiz Pretti, Pedro Diógenes, Ricardo Pretti

Four friends –played by the four directors– have recently lost a fifth one. After a night of heavy drinking, they decide to travel to the mythicalIthaca. They don’t seem to be looking for a real place, but rather for something that has been with them since the beginning of the film, something that involves friendship or, more precisely, the spirit of those lines by Kavafis which open and close the film: “As you set out for Ithaca you should hope for your road to be a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery / Laistrygonians, Cyclops, angry Poseidon - don’t be afraid of them: / you’ll never find things like that on your way as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, as long as a rare excitement stirs your spirit and your body”. And that’s the spirit that is –luckily– discovered in the film’s form, which deliberately escapes from the parameters of a finished piece, emphasizing the erratic as an aesthetic plan.

Awards: Best Film - 2010 Tiradentes Film Festival

Co-director Guto Parente in attendance

Short Film:

FANTASMAS (Ghosts) – 11 min

Friday, June 3, 9 PM

POR EL CAMINO (Beyond the Road) - 85 min

Brazil/Uruguay 2010, 85’, 35mm - in Spanish, English, French

North American Premiere

Directed by Charly Braun

Cast: Esteban Feune de Colombi, Jill Mulleady, Naomi Campbell

Santiago, a 30 year old Argentinean, travels toUruguaysearching for a piece of land inherited from his parents, who were tragically killed in an accident a few years earlier. On his arrival inMontevideohe, by chance, meets Juliette, a young Belgian that came toUruguaysearching for an old love. He offers her a ride, and on the way they develop a relationship of growing affect. When they arrive in Punta del Este, however,Santiago’s universe stands between them.

Festivals & Awards: Best Director - 2010RioInt’l Film Festival

Director Charly Braun and Actor Esteban Feune de Colombi in attendance

Short Film:

CONTAGEM – 18 min

Saturday, June 4, 2:30pm

Vida Sobre Rodas (Life on Wheels)

Brazil 2010, 109’, HD

Director Daniel Baccaro

São Paulo, mid eighties. A bunch of kids share a shed with some of the first professional skateboarders of Brazil. Ultra Skate, the biggest and most challenging vert ramp in the country, was built by Mr. Nelson Mateus out of love for his son. HBRFEST 2011

 

Among the kids, the ramps’ owner Cristiano Mateus, who made sure to keep the door open so that skateboarders from different areas could came and ride on his ramp. Bob Burnquist was only two blocks away from calling Ultra his second home. Sandro Dias, at the age of thirteen, use to leaveSão Bernardo do Campo, a distant neighborhood, to challenge the dangerous ramp. And Lincoln Ueda, the man to beat at the time, use to leave Polato, his local cement ramp, to have a few “wood sessions” with the guys.

The film VIDA SOBRE RODAS features testimonials from skateboarding legends, including Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi, to narrate the last decades of the sport inBrazil, its dizzying growth, and technical development, through the eyes of those who were part of this revolution. More than a record about skateboarding or skateboarders, the documentary tells stories of overcoming, courage, friendship, and determination of young people who believed in a dream and accomplished the impossible.

Saturday, June 4, 5 PM

REFLEXÕES DE UM LIQUIDIFICADOR (Reflections of a Blender) – 82min

Los AngelesPremiere

Directed by André Klotzel

Cast: Ana Lucia Torre, Fabiula Nascimento, Selton Mello

This hilarious dark comedy examines a different kind of relationship- one between a woman and her talking blender. Elvira is in search of her missing husband and finds comfort and guidance in her appliance. The blender narrates the story, weaving between the current investigation and stories of Elvira with her husband told in flashbacks. Suddenly they work together to solve the case and find out what really happened to her husband.

Short Film:

AVÓS (Grandmothers) – 12min

Saturday, June 4, 7 PM

BOLLYWOOD DREAM – 90 min

Brazil/India/USA 2011, 90’, HD – in Portuguese, Hindi, English

West Coast Premiere

Directed by Beatriz Seigner

Cast: Paula Braun, Nataly Cabanas, Sofia Campos, Mohana Krishna

Three Brazilian women hoping to make it in Bollywood are in for a rude awakening when their producer and their hotel reservations are AWOL when they arrive inIndia. Forced to fend for themselves, they find a teenage promoter whose lying and choreography skills give them the chance they were hoping for. The debut fictional feature from actress and writer Beatriz Seigner is a funny and moving story of culture clash and the power of music.

Director Beatriz Seigner in attendance

Short Film:

HANDEBOL – 19 min

Saturday, June 4, 9 PM – CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION

ROSA MORENA – 86 min

Brazil/Denmark 2010, 86’, 35mm - in Portuguese, Danish, English

Los AngelesPremiere

Directed by Carlos Augusto de Oliveira HBRFEST 2011

 

Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Iben Hjejle, David Dencik, Vivianne Pasmanter, Morten Kirkskov, Barbara Garcia, Pablo Rodrigues,GeorginaCastro

In his forties, Thomas desperately wants to be a father. But as a single gay man inDenmark, he cannot legally adopt a child. So, he decides to visit an old friend inBrazil, where there is a thriving black market for adoption. Maria is beautiful, charming and pregnant, yet she is too poor to support her unborn child. The plan is simple: Thomas will pay Maria and bring her baby back toDenmarkas his own. However, things get unhinged when Thomas becomes emotionally involved with the enchanting Maria. Touching on a myriad social issues, director Carlos Augusto de Oliveira’s Rosa Morena is also a story of affection. Provocative, entertaining and poignant, it resonates through the heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of two people trying to do the right thing for the child they both love.

Producer Ivan Teixeira in attendance.

Short Film:

BAILAÕ (The Ball) – 17 min

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 andBrazil, while raising public awareness for the Brazilian culture. For more information Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, please visit: www.hbrfest.com .

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