Brazilian Embassy to Present Third Annual Brazilian Film Week – Première Brazil Washington

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Free Film Festival Will Return to Washington, D.C. From December 2-December 6

III Brazilian Film Week Returns to Washington, DC December 2-6

Première Brazil Washington will be screening innovative dramas, documentaries and art house films, as well as two animated children’s films at the Greenberg Theater in Washington, D.C. All films in the series are free and open to the public.

The Embassy of Brazil, in collaboration with the renowned Rio International Film Festival, will present the third annual Brazilian Film Week from Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6.

The “III Brazilian Film Week - Première Brazil Washington” will be screening innovative dramas, documentaries and art house films, as well as two animated children’s films at the Greenberg Theater in Washington, D.C. All films in the series are free and open to the public.

Additionally, on Sunday, December 6, the festival will partner with the National Gallery of Art to host a special screening of Black Orpheus, the 1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d'Or Award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival which retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. This screening is also free.

The featured films in this year’s series are: Time of Fear (Salve Geral), which will serve as the festival’s opening night film and tells the story of a piano teacher who becomes involved in the attacks performed by a criminal group in São Paulo on Mothers’ Day in 2006. This film is Brazil’s submission to the 2010 Oscar nominees and will be shown only once on the East Coast – during this festival – before the Oscar nominations are announced; Cinderellas, Wolves and a Prince Charming (Cinderelas, Lobos e um Príncipe Encantado), a documentary by director Joel Zito on sex tourism in Brazil. Zito, a guest speaker at American University, will be present to discuss his work; Retribution (Vingança), a murder mystery; and In Therapy (Divã) a comedy on the Brazilian middle class and one of Brazil's biggest box office hits of this year.

Additionally, three documentaries will be shown, including Contretemps (Contratempo), which follows a group of underprivileged youth offered a chance to escape their harsh and predictable circumstances; The Man who Bottled Clouds (O Homem que Engarrafava Nuvens), on the life of Brazilian “forro” composer Humberto Teixeira whose songs are among the most played in Brazil; and The Story of Me (O Contador de Histórias), based on a true story and starring Portuguese/French internationally acclaimed actress Maria de Medeiros.

Among the six short films are Vultures have Wings (Urubus têm Asas), a documentary; Dossier Re Bordosa (Dossiê Rê Bordosa) an animated film on a Brazilian cartoonist’s decision to kill one of his most famous creations; Bliss (O Teu Sorriso), a later-life love story; Blackout (Blackout); Day in, Day Out (Cotidiano) a story of those who forget to live while they watch life go by; and Almost Everyday (Quase todo Dia), the story of a young single mother in Rio working to balance her motherly duties with her professional ambitions.

This year’s featured children’s film is The Happy Cricket and the Giant Bugs (O Grilo Feliz e os Insetos Gigantes), the story of an unassuming little cricket who discovers himself in an unexpected adventure when he encounters the Giant Bugs Valley. Also playing during the children’s program is an animated short titled The Island (A Ilha).

All feature films will be shown in conjunction with one short film. Before most screenings, Brazilian coffee will be available for audience members, coupled with a chance to meet with some of the films’ actors and directors. All films, with the exception of the children’s program have not yet been rated and may contain scenes of violence, drugs or strong language. Last year’s event brought over 200 moviegoers per showing, from throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The Embassy of Brazil hopes to match, if not exceed that number for this year’s series.

TO ATTEND: Seats are on a first come, first served basis, and there is no need to reserve or purchase tickets for any of the shows in the series. The Greenberg Theater is located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave, NW, at the corner of Van Ness St. It is in close proximity to the Tenleytown/AU Metro station, on the Red Line. Additionally, an Opening Night reception will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00pm. For more information on the festival, please visit The full schedule of films follows.

The Greenberg Theater:
4200 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, D.C.

Wednesday , Dec 2
Opening Night reception
Opening Night Feature Film – Time of Fear/Salve Geral- Brazil’s Submission for the 2010 Oscar Nominees

Thursday, Dec 3
6:15PM -6:45PM     
Free Brazilian Coffee
Vultures have Wings/Urubus têm Asas (short documentary)
Cinderellas, Wolves and a Prince Charming/Cinderelas, Lobos e um Príncipe Encantado (documentary)

Friday, Dec 4
Dossier Re Bordosa /Dossiê Rê Bordosa (short film)
Retribution/Vingança (feature film)

8:30PM -9:00PM    
Free Brazilian Coffee
Bliss/O Teu Sorriso (short film)
Contretemps/Contratempo (documentary)

Saturday, Dec 5
The Island/A Ilha (Children’s animated short film)
The Happy Cricket and the Giant Bugs/O Grilo Feliz e os Insetos Gigantes (Children’s animated film)
3:30PM to 4:00 PM     
Brazilian snacks for kids

5:30PM - 6:00PM    
Free Brazilian Coffee
Blackout/Blackout (short film)
The Man who Bottled Clouds/O Homem que Engarrafava Nuvens (documentary)

8:00PM- 8:30PM     
Free Brazilian Coffee
Day in, Day Out/Cotidiano (short film)
In Therapy/Divã (feature film)

Sunday, Dec 6
Almost Everyday/Quase todo Dia (short film)
The Story of Me/O Contador de Histórias (feature film)
Closing Reception

The National Gallery of Art:
401 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, D.C.

Sunday, Dec 6
Black Orpheus/Orfeu Negro
A special program presented in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art Film Department and La Maison Française in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the film’s Palme d'Or Award- the highest prize offered at the Cannes Film Festival.


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