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This week kicks off the 5th Annual Brazilian Film Festival in London’s West End. Brazil’s rich cinematic culture will be celebrated from the 27th of September to the 1st of October at the Odeon in Covent Garden.
There is a Brazilian buzz in the air with the upcoming World Cup event and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 but this week their own homegrown cinema will be showcased featuring some of Brazil’s top film talent. Speaking of footie, this year there will be a special highlight of the national sport with ‘Cinefoot’ which will feature movies about the “beautiful game” in Brazil.
The film to open up the festivities will be ‘Reaching For the Moon’ starring Australian actress Miranda Ottoa and is the biographical drama recounting the story of US poet Elizabeth Bishop´s trip to Brazil and her passionate and angst ridden romance with the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. The film is based on a book adaptation and directed by the acclaimed Brazilian Bruno Barreto.
Other film festival highlights include award winning Rio 2096, A Story of Love and Fury directed by Luiz Bolognesi an animation feature where the protagonist lives through the most radical moments in Brazilian history spanning 600 years. Also, Buddies directed by Marcelo Galvão a charming feature inspired by Thelma and Louise which follows 3 young people with Down Syndrome who embark on several adventures.
Closing the festival is ‘Brazilian Western’ directed by Rene Sampaio a story of love, hate and revenge based on the famed song Faroeste Caboclo by musician Renato Russo, one of Brazil’s most important punk rock artists.
Also this year there will be ‘Brazilian Taste’, where audiences can check out some of Brazil’s delicious cuisine at various partnering restaurants.
To find out more information visit Brazilian Film Festival website . Tickets available at Odeon Covent Garden. Price £11 / Concessions £8. Cinefoot Screenings £5