There’s little doubt that the coming decade belongs to Brazil. The host of the next FIFA World Cup (2014) and, two years later, the Summer Olympics in Rio, the South American nation increasingly the focus of world attention. This month, the Brazil Film Festival returns to Sydney with the aims of promoting Brazilian culture and highlighting environmental issues such as the country’s deforestation. Eleven films are screening in Melbourne.
The opening-night film is a drama about the best and most controversial Brazilian footballer of the 1940s.
Documentary Mulatas focuses on the Carnival Queens in Rio de Janeiro. Behind the glamour and celebration lie stories of deprivation and prejudice.
This crime drama set in São Paulo centres on corruption in the corridors of power, a gangster called Maicom, and $2 million.
This is the story of a man with 27 children and his meagre existence collecting recyclables.
The Amazon rainforest is the “lungs of the world”, but is it possible to make sustainable use of it? This documentary will be followed by a panel discussion.
This rites of passage film focuses on the relationships of a young doctor who volunteers at a homeless charity.
A penniless young musician is kicked out of home but his life changes when he bonds with an older music producer.
What does it mean to own a penthouse in poverty-stricken Brazil? Meet the dominant Brazilian classes in this insightful documentary.
Less than Nothing
An archaeologist fantasises about an affair with a colleague and an important discovery in Carlos Gerbase’s film.
Ana dreams of reuniting with Julio. Can she make her dream a reality?
Last Road to the Beach
This adventure-drama set on the endless beaches of the south of Brazil involves a ménage a trois.