RomaCinemaFest warms to Brazil

10 films from Brazilian directors will screen

CANNES -- Brazil will be the country of focus at the next RomaCinemaFest, complete with a carnival-style opening in Rome's historic center and screenings of 10 films from Brazilian directors.

The news is the first official announcement about the festival's plans since the election of Gianni Alemanno as mayor of Rome.

Alemanno has vowed to scale back the three-year-old event though he has so far stopped short of taking concrete measures in that direction.

Festival officials have said that since Alemanno was elected late last month, they have continued to work hard in planning the Oct. 22-31 event, and that the Brazilian-themed event is proof of that, with dozens of singers, dancers and musicians set to open the festival in Rome's Piazza Navona.

Among the Brazilian films to screen are Walter Lima Jr.'s 2006 "Os Desafinados" (Out of Tune), a tribute to Bossa Nova music; the 2007 drama "O Signo da Cidade" (Sign of the City) from Carlos Alberto Riccelli; and Edoardo De Andrade's "Coracao Vagabundo," a documentary about popular singer Caetano Veloso.