Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival to Open with Andy Garcia's 'Open Road'


The thriller, which also stars Camilla Belle and Juliette Lewis, will debut its world premiere at the fifth festival edition.

The Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF) will celebrate its 5th year of promoting Brazilian films in Hollywood.

This year's gets underway with the world premiere of Open Road, a thriller directed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Marcio Garcia and starring Andy Garcia, Camilla Belle, John Savage, Juliette Lewis, Colin Egglesfield and Brazilian actress Christiane Torloni. The gala event will be held at Dunn theatre in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science on July 15.

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The LABRFF has programmed more than forty national productions, including features, documentaries, shorts and animation to be showcased between July 16 and 19 at The Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles.

The festival was founded by journalist Nazareno Paulo and producer Meire Fernandes in 2007. LABRFF seeks to promote Brazilian cinema in California.

“Since 2008 we encourage panels on the market by promoting business opportunities, through discussion of topics such as film co-production between Brazil and the United States, new digital technologies, multi-platform, and seminars and workshops that promote the filming locations and formation of new audiences," said Nazareno.

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Since its beginning, the LABRFF already exhibited more than 200 films and counted with acclaimed celebrated names in the industry in its panels, including City of God’s Fernando Meirelles in 2010.

“I believe the festival has contributed with the results of new projects between Brazil and U.S.,” said Fernandes, who is also the program manager of Sony's online video-on-demand service Crackle for Brazil and Latin America.

The festival will also pay homage to acclaimed writer Jorge Amado, with a centennial tribute showcasing four movies based on his books: Captains of the Sands, Quincas Berro D’Água, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands and Tieta of Agreste. In addition, two documentaries about his life and contribution to Brazilian cinema will be shown during the fest.

The official selection of films programmed for 2012 are the following:


Two Rabbits (Afonso Poyard), Matraga (Vinícius de Coimbra), We Are Together (Toni Venturi), The Postman (Reginaldo Farias), Into the Blue (João Rodrigo Mattos) and Where Does Hapiness Hide (Carlos Alberto Richelli).

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Like Water (Pablo Croce), Sincere Lies (Pedro Asbeg), Augusto Boal and the Theater of the Opressed (Zelito Viana), Bahêa is My Life (Márcio Cavalcante), Bel Borba Aqui (Burt Sun and André Constantini), Heart of Samba (Thereza Jessouroun),  and The Samba Within Me (Georgia Guerra-Peixe).

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