Brazilica Film Festival


Film Festival 2016

Next years’ festival will include films in venues across the city from dramas, documentaries,comedy and

musicals:  there’s a variety for all the family.

The programme of films for 2016 will be available as soon as possible.



If you have any ideas and suggestions for films to be included, or you are a venue and would like to be involved,

please contact us on 07516273310 or via email

In 2015 the programme included:

Clenched Fists (Com Os Punhos Cerrados) 2014  Dir: Luiz and Ricardo Pretti, Pedro Diogenes Runtime 74 mins Drama (18)

From a clandestine radio Eugenio, Joaquim and Joao, put their voices to scream for freedom.They invade conventional radio transmissions with poetry, insurgent music, quotes, sound archives and provocations. They attack the base of bourgeois and capitalist society. Suddenly Salome, a mysterious and beautiful listener appears. Her arrival transforms the destinies of our three protagonists


The Ballroom (Chega de Saudade) 2008  Dir. Lais Bodanzky Runtime 115 mins  Comedy/Drama(15)

In an old-time dance hall (the “gafieira”) in São Paulo, one evening is all it takes to meet different characters as they remember the past, live the present, wonder about the future, have fun, flirt, fight and naturally, dance. “ A quirky ensemble piece—-superbly choreographed” The Guardian

Ballroom 1


O Samba 2014 Dir. Georges Gachot Runtime 82 mins  Documentary (PG)

Samba together with football, beautiful women spring to mind when we think of Brazil. The film transcends these clichés and takes samba at it’s word, for what it is. That’s the great discovery of this film, Samba is word, language, text, lyrics and simply said a way of life. The composer and singer Martinho da Vila is our charismatic Cicero, guiding us through the world of samba, telling stories of his 45 year career and meeting his samba school in Rio, Vila Isabel


Waste Land( Lixo Extraordinario)2010 Dir. Lucy Walker Runtime 99mins Documentary (PG)

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves


City of God (Cidade de Deus) 2002 Dir.Fernando Mereilles Runtime 124 mins Documentary (18)

The streets of the world’s most dangerous slum, Rio de Janeiro’s City of God, a place where residents were lucky to live beyond 20. In the midst of crime and violence a young boy grows up to discover that he can view the harsh realities of his surroundings with an artistic eye. In the face of impossible odds, his brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out.

(Filmed prior to the controversial pacification of Rio’s Favelas and containing some violent scenes)


That Night in Rio (1941) Dir. Irving Cummings………………… Runtime 87 mins(U)

Talk on Carmen Miranda/music and dance

The presentation uses clips of some of her films to highlight the ways in which she transmitted a sense of exuberance and fun (which came to be associated in Hollywood with Latin Americans in general), as well as looking at images and recreations of her trademark costumes – especially her fruit-laden turbans , a way of encouraging the audience (particularly the elderly) to have fun and stimulating their own memories and reminiscences of the star, her films, co-stars, costumes, well-known songs, and their own experiences of film-going in the 1940s and 1950s.

The presentation will be offered by Lisa Shaw a Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies in the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool. She is author of Carmen Miranda, a book about the star’s career and her lasting legacies, published by the British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Followed by:That night in Rio.


Cine Holliudy (2012) Dir Halder Gomes  Runtime 91 mins  Comedy/Family (PG)

In the 70’s, in the countryside of Ceará, the storyteller and kung fu movie maniac Francisgleydisson runs a movie theatre, Cine Holliúdy. However, the arrival of television in the countryside of Brazil, in the ’70s, puts in jeopardy the small cinema. Francisgleydisson is the owner of, and he must be extremely creative to keep his passion for cinema alive and must face the reluctance of the local mayor Olegrio Elpidio who wants to venue for his own political interest.


City of God 10 Years Later (Cidade de Deus 10 Anos Depois) (2012) Dir. Cavi Borges and Luciano Vidigal

The film City Of God achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 2002 and put Rio’s favelas on the map. Co-directors Cavi Borges and Luciano Vigidal set out to catch up with the film’s cast in this documentary. They revisit the legacy of the film on the communities involved and question whether culture and art can be a driver for social change.

( Shown last year, so many people asked to see it again,so here it is)


Flying Down To Rio Dir. Thornton Freeland Runtime  93 minutes £3

Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can’t seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel’s opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas… One of the best musical films ever.


Cidade Cinza( Grey City)

A new way of painting graffiti was born in Sao Paulo. Hip Hop was replaced by Brazilian regional culture and Os Gemeos’ crew works were spread to galleries around the world. However through a new visual pollution combat act, the City Hall covered their paintings in grey in their hometown.

grey city


TRASH  (2014) Dir. Steven Daldry Runtime 114 minutes Adventure (PG)

Adapted from the novel by Andy Mulligan. This is a fast paced children’s adventure with a  grownup angle, mainly because the kids involved have had to grow up quickly.  Raphael (Rickson Tevez),  Gardo (Eduardo Luís) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) are three Brazilian street kids from the favelas, who scratch a living from mountains of trash at the city limits. One day they come upon a wallet containing a wad of cash, and more importantly, photos, documents and a key to a train station locker. There are corrupt politicians and vicious police who badly want this wallet back. Soon the boys find themselves way out of their depth, but they have some friends, a priest, Father Juilliard (Martin Sheen) and an aid worker, Olivia   (Rooney Mara.) Piecing the evidence together with the aid of some colourful local characters the plucky trio become unlikely crusaders for justice.


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