Brazil sets sights on golden Bear

15. February 2017

Brazil is making its mark at the Berlinale by showing films in the most important sections of the programme. The feature film “Joaquim” by Marcelo Gomes will be screened in the Competition section.

Countdown to the start of the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. The outside temperature is falling again, which once more makes spending ten days in the near darkness of a cinema an attractive prospect. Now in its 67th edition, the festival once again proves to be one of the top three film festivals in the world, showcasing some 400 films from all five continents, mainly world premieres on widely different topics, with different aesthetic qualities and different contexts – a veritable mosaic of current film production.

Brazil Then and Now

This time, Joaquim, directed by Marcelo Gomes, is being screened in the hotly contested Competition section. The film tells the story of Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, also known as Tiradentes, the martyr of the Minas Gerais plot (1789). Also set in Minas Gerais is Vazante by Daniela Thomas, a historical drama set in 1821 which deals with slavery in diamond mines. This will be screened in the Panorama programme. Also showing in the Panorama programme are the feature films Pendular by Julia Murat and Como nossos pais by Laís Bodanzky, as well as the documentary No intenso agora by João Moreira Sales and Vênus – Filó a fadinha lésbica, an animated short by Sávio Leite.
In the Forum, the more experimental part of the festival, Rifle by Davi Pretto will be screened. In the Generation section aimed at children and young people, the features Mulher do Pai by Cristiane Oliveira, As duas Irenes by Fábio Meira and Não devore meu coração by Felipe Bragança will be screened, as well as the short, Em busca das terras sem males by Anna Azevedo. In the Berlinale Shorts competition, Estás vendo coisas by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca will be competing for the Golden Bear.

The Brazilian presence is rounded off by 13 Brazilian participants in Berlinale Talents, a six-day event where 250 young filmmakers from 71 countries get to grips with the topic, “Courage: Against All Odds”.

Camila Gonzatto

This blog post was originally published here and was republished with permission from Goethe-Institut.


Translation: Michael Kegler
Copyright: Text: Goethe-Institut, Camila Gonzatto. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.
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