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06/08/2017 - 07:00hs

Beirut to host Brazilian film festival

Five films from Brazil will be screened in the Lebanese capital starting August 30. The biopic of Elis Regina, and awarded dramas and romances are included in the festival’s schedule.

São Paulo – The city of Beirut, Lebanon, will host a Brazilian film festival from August 30 to September 3 at movie theater Metropolis Empire Sofil. The Brazilian Cinema Film Festival will screen five recent and awarded film production, showing the diversity of Brazilian culture, among them the movie “Elis”, the biopic of singer Elis Regina.

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From Where I See You will be screened

The film about Elis opens the festival at 8 pm on August 30, after a 7 pm tasting that will serve cheese bread and the soft drink guaraná, staples Brazilian cuisine. The film includes the singer’s songs and portrays her troubled life, among personal conflicts and the opposition to the Brazilian military dictatorship. Directed by Hugo Prata, the film was awarded by the audience at the 2016 Gramado Film Festival.

Also to be screened is “Glory and Grace”, by director Flávio Tambellini, which tells the story of Graça, a single mother that is suffering from a intracranial aneurysm and goes after her brother to take care of her two sons. When she finds him, she found out that he is a very successful transsexual named Gloria.

The movie “Under Pressure”, by Andrucha Waddington will also be shown. It’s a drama that portrays the day to day of a doctor and his team, who face the lack of resources of the hospital where they work and take on very risky cases. The movie “From Where I See You”, by Luiz Villaça, is a romantic comedy about a couple that needs to adapt to a new reality, the divorce, after a relationship of 20 years.

Another one of the Brazilian films of the festival is “Where I Grow Old”, directed by Marília Rocha, which portrays the life of Francisca, a Portuguese woman who lives in Brazil and meets Teresa. The film shows the adventures of each of the woman, since the fascination by Teresa on her getting to know the city of Belo Horizonte to Francisca’s wish to go back home.

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Where I Grow Old: two personal experiences

The festival is organized by Brazil’s embassy in Beirut, the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center and the Metropolis Association (Metropolis Cinema). According to Najua Bazzi, director of the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center, the festival aims to promote Brazilian cinema and audiovisual production – within the actions of cultural diplomacy by Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Itamaraty) –, and thus also the country’s language and culture.

This is the second edition of the festival. The first one took place in 2016 and had 930 moviegoers. According to Najua, the festival focus of Brazilians living in Lebanon and other expats living in the country. Besides promoting Brazil’s culture among foreigners, the festival is also an opportunity for Brazilians to see Brazilian productions in Lebanon, says Najua.

The movies of the festival were selected by Thiago Oliveira, the head of the Cultural and Educational Department of Brazil’s embassy in Beirut. They will be shown in their original versions, in Portuguese, with English subtitles.

The festival will screen one film a day, always at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased beforehand at Metropolis or at the box office. Last year, the opening was full.

Quick info

2th Brazilian Film Festival – Beirut
From August 30 to September 3, 2017
Metropolis Empire Sofil
Tickets: LBP 8,000 (US$ 5.30)
Schedule: http://www.metropoliscinema.net/2017/brazilian-film-festival2017/
Information: 01204080 or brasilban@itamaraty.gov.br

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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