Anna Muylaert's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' to Kick Off Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival

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The festival, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 4 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, will close with the director's "Durval Records."

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival will kick off July 31 with opening night film While My Guitar Gently Weeps, a drama about a teen girl struggling to find her identity directed by Anna Muylaert. Also screening will be the Los Angeles premiere of The Package, Rafael Aidar’s short-film drama about two teenagers from São Paulo.

The festival will close with the Los Angeles premiere of Muylaert’s debut comedy Durval Records

The fest, which runs through Aug. 4 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, is celebrating its fifth anniversary as it screens more than 30 Los Angeles premieres. This year’s HBRFest will feature Portugal as guest country and also will present a night of gay-themed films with screenings of Allan Ribeiro’s dance feature, This Love That Consumes and Marcelo Caetano’s short By Your Side.

Entertainment industry organizations that have come on board as presenting community partners for the 2013 edition of HBRFest include Outfest, Film Independent, National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Women in Film International and Latino Public Broadcasting. Others taking part include Paris-based Directors’ Fortnight short-film programmer and journalist Laurence Reymond; American actress, singer and activist Q'orianka Kilcher.

All screenings are free of charge, except opening gala and closing night. 

More than a dozen guest filmmakers, including Juliana Rojas, Sergio Andrade and Gabriel Mascaro, are expected to attend.

Industry panels will include a Directors Roundtable, moderated by Robert Koehler, and a panel on diversity with Deborah Calla of the PGA, Kimberly Myers of the WGA and Regina Render of the DGA. Both panels will take place at the Arena Cinema, adjacent to the Egyptian. 

The lineup includes the fest’s first world premiere, Rafael Todeschini’s short film Eva Maria.

“In our fifth year of the festival, we are thrilled to be presenting our very first world premiere in addition to some notable international premieres. We are also honored to be paying tribute to one of Brazil’s most prominent filmmakers, Anna Muylaert," founder and executive director Talize Sayegh said.  

The schedule also includes Joel Pizzini’s Mr. Sganzerl, about the director Rogerio Sganzerla; Felippe Schultz Mussel’s documentary A Place to Take Away, about Rio’s favelas, and Marcos Pimentel’s documentary Breath, looking at the mysteries of life and death

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival is presented by Riofilme. Sponsors include One Digital and Copa Airlines. Cultural support comes from the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Itamaraty), Ancine (Brazilian Cinema Agency) and the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles.

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