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Elaine Guerini

Elaine Guerini covers Brazil for Screen.

  • The highest-grossing Brazilian films of last 20 years revealed


    Report finds that comedy is most successful genre.
  • Brazil box office hits record high in 2016


    Local hits including The Ten Commandments: The Movie boosted takings this year.
  • Sonia Braga on 'Aquarius' Oscar snub: "Maybe US industry can do justice for us now"


    Sonia Braga, who has entered the awards season conversation with her role in Aquarius, tells Elaine Guerini why international success can be a double-edged sword.
  • 'The Other End' triumphs in Rio


    Felipe Sholl’s feature directorial debut earned top honours as the 18th edition of the Rio Film Festival concluded on Sunday night by honouring new voices of Brazilian cinema.
  • 'Little Secret' director on Oscar controversy: "We were attacked as if we were the enemy"


    Brazilian director David Schurmann’s film was selected over Aquarius by one vote, prompting some social media protests.
  • 'Arrival' South American premiere to open Rio


    As revealed earlier this week, the 18th edition of the festival will feature more than 20 world premieres. Screen runs through some local highlights and previews the RioMarket.
  • Ricardo Darín: "I'm fine filming in Spanish, thank you"


    Wild Tales star talks Hollywood, playing the Argentinian president in his next film and which directors he would most like to work with.
  • 'Embrace Of The Serpent' sweeps Platino Awards


    Ciro Guerra’s drama about indigenous tribes in the Colombian Amazon took home seven awards from eight nominations.
  • José Padilha talks Netflix series, 'Entebbe' and Hollywood battles


    “I’d rather face reality than make movies about superheroes,” says the Narcos executive producer, who is currently tackling Brazil’s Petrobas scandal.
  • Cannes: Kleber Mendonca Filho, 'Aquarius'


    Brazilian director discusses his Cannes Competition drama.
  • Daniel Burman's TV debut 'Supermax' heads to MIPTV ahead of shoot


    Globo’s first production targeted exclusively at the Latin American market will be overseen by acclaimed Argentinian director Burman [pictured].
  • Brazilian YouTube stars Porta Dos Fundos shooting feature


    Porta dos Fundos - Contrato Vitalicio, from the YouTube comedy troupe, is now filming in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Brazilian box office breaks records in 2015


    Total revenue increased by 17.5% as admissions also received boost; local films fare well.
  • Brazil Territory Focus: The Famous five


    With Brazilian film-makers on the rise, Elaine Guerini rounds up a quintet of the country’s most exciting talent
  • Disney’s Miravista, Total team for Rio rom-com 'Apaixonados'


    EXCLUSIVE: Nanda Costa, Roberta Rodrigues star in Rio Carnival rom-com.
  • 'Neon Bull' triumphs in Rio


    The sensorial cinema of Gabriel Mascaro, who turned the life of a group of cowhands into a poetic experience in Neon Bull (Boi Neon), was the big winner at the 17th edition of Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival.
  • Territory focus: The changing colours of Brazil


    Fuelled by generous incentives, Brazilian cinema is healthy and robust, and local film-makers are reflecting their country’s improved circumstances, drifting away from the focus on poverty, violence and social issues that have become familiar to international audiences. Elaine Guerini reports.
  • Rio opens with Chico doc ahead of packed 2015 edition


    Rio de Janeiro’s International Film Festival opened last night (Oct 1) celebrating the life and work of local hero Chico Buarque who, at 71, remains one of Brazil’s top composers, musicians and singers.
  • Sangue Azul rules Rio awards


    The story of a circus bullet man who visits his home town in Sangue Azul (Blue Blood) emerged as the big winner as the 16th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival came to a close on October 8.
  • RioFilme launches $4m film fund


    RioFilme, a public company linked to Rio de Janeiro’s secretariat of culture, announced today a $4.1m (R$10.16m) public bid for the selection of projects for the development of films as well as for the digitization of cinemas.
  • Jorge Amado project presented in Rio


    Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.
  • Rio kicks off Brasil competition


    Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.
  • Brazilian box office growth continues


    The Brazilian box office was up for the eighth consecutive year in 2013 as a result of strong performances from local films.
  • Natural Sciences wins in Ventana Sur


    Argentina’s Natural Sciences (Ciencias Naturales), directed by Matías Lucchesi, on Friday (December 6) won Ventana Sur’s main Primer Corte Award, the competitive section of films still in post-production.
  • LatAm market hails Blood Window


    Blood Window, the first Latin American Fantastic Film Market, has been attracting plenty of interest at the fifth edition of Ventana Sur (Dec 3-6) in Buenos Aires.
  • Panama to host LatAm awards


    The Ibero-American film industry will get its own award ceremony starting in 2014.
  • Ventana Sur boosts Cannes' LatAm presence


    The presence of Latin America films in Cannes has grown by 40% since 2009, when Ventana Sur was created by INCAA (Argentina’s film institute) and Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes.
  • Rio splits top prize between two


    The 15th annual Rio International Film Festival winners were announced on October 10 at an awards ceremony held at the festival’s downtown Armazem 6 dockland pavilion.
  • Set report: Bald Mountain


    Brazilian film-maker Heitor Dhalia’s latest project is a modern-day gangster film set during a famous gold rush.
  • US, Brazil to sign 'treaty'


    In the absence of a co-production treaty between Brazil and the US, trade groups representing the two countries will sign this Thursday (October 3) an agreement  dedicated to building a strategic partnership in the sectors of film, television and new media production.
  • Daldry's Trash heads to RioMarket


    Stephen Daldry’s Trash to be one of the co-pro cases featured at RioMarket.
  • Brazilian box office surges 16% in 2012; local titles down


    Last year marked the seventh consecutive year that box office increased in the market. After crossing R$1bn ($489m) for the first time in 2011, the market closed 2012 on R$1.6bn ($783m), for a 15.6% year-on-year gain.
  • Amazing Cat wins Primer Corte prize


    The fourth Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires has named The Amazing Cat Fish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato) winner of its Primer Corte section for films still in post production.
  • Ventana Sur: Brazil offers finance 'role model'


    Brazil continues as a role model of film finance in Latin America, according to panellists during the second day of Ventana Sur (Dec 1), the fourth edition of which is underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Ventana Sur launches fourth year with new Producers Network


    More than 500 films on offer; 1,844 industry professionals to attend the Buenos Aires-based market.
  • Rio kicks off tonight with world premieres including Orange Tree, Between Valleys


    The 14th Rio International Film Festival kicks off today with a balanced mix of international titles with homegrown features and shorts. The heart of the festival, however, will always be the Première Brasil programme, the only competitive section.
  • The Clown to represent Brazil in Oscar race


    The Ministry of Culture of Brazil has announced Selton Mello’s The Clown (O Palhaço) as the country’s official entry for best foreign-language film in the 85th Academy Awards.
  • Sofia, La Playa D.C. among hot titles at Colombia's BAM


    The third edition of the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) wrapped at weekend after presenting 56 Colombian projects in development and screening 13 films. Sofia And The Stubborn (Sofia Y El Terco, pictured), La Sirga and La Playa D.C. are among the titles that generated buzz.
  • Colombia offers new rebate of up to 40% for foreign productions


    Legislation signed during third edition of Bogata Audiovisual Market.
  • Brazilian box office climbs for third year; local titles falter


    Brazil broke the all-time box office record in 2011, grossing $790m (real 1.41bn) from 141.6m admissions.
  • Top Brazilian filmmakers launch new distribution company


    Jose Padilha, Fernando Meirelles are among filmmakers seeking greater control of their box-office revenues.
  • Brazilian cinema boom to follow shopping mall growth


    The Brazilian cinema exhibition sector will receive boost with 50 new shopping malls, which are expected to be open from now to the end of 2012.
  • Brazil has record box-office year driven by Elite Squad 2


    Brazil’s box-office revenues increased 30% to a record $752.6 m (real 1.26 billion) in 2010, according to figures released by local company Filme B.
  • Elite Squad 2 has powerhouse opening in Brazil


    Elite Squad 2 (Tropa de Elite 2) sold 1.29 million tickets in Brazil in its first weekend, ranking as the fifth biggest opening of the last ten years in the country.
  • Melo's VIP's wins big in Rio


    Toniko Melo’s VIP’s was the big winner at the 12th Festival do Rio, taking five of the main awards at the Brazilian event.
  • Barreto and Goldcrest team on Art of Losing


    LC Barreto/Filmes do Equador of Brazil and the UK’s Goldcrest Films have announced a co-production deal for period drama The Art of Losing (A Arte de Perder). The deal was announced at Festival do Rio.
  • Brazil picks Lula for Oscar race


    While Fabio Barreto remains unconscious after a car accident, his Lula, the Son of Brazil has been chosen to represent the country in the Foreign Language Oscar race.
  • Rio Film Commission to unveil inward investment plan


    On the occasion of its first anniverary the Rio Film Commission will offer $584,171 (1m Brazilian Real) in direct incentives to international companies willing to shoot in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Brazil hopes to export more films to Argentina with grant programme


    Argentina will be one of the countries targeted in future editions of the distribution grant program created to help the release of Brazilian films overseas.
  • The leading edge


    Elaine Guerini shines a spotlight on the hottest producers at work in Brazil.
  • Have funds, need audiences


    Brazilian producers may find it easier today to get their films financed but improving local distribution is the next challenge they face. Elaine Guerini investigates.
  • Made in Brazil


    From sequels to international breakouts through to buzzy directorial debuts, Elaine Guerini profiles some of the hottest new films coming out of the territory.
  • The land of promise


    Vastly underscreened and with a fast-rising economy, Brazil has astonishing growth potential.  But can the burgeoning film market overcome chronic piracy? Elaine Guerini reports.
  • Undiscovered country


    Brazil is a fast-rising market — but cinema expansion has so far been slow outside of the major cities. Elaine Guerini explores the issues holding back the territory’s theatre development.
  • SPRI mulls international launch for Brazilian smash Chico Xavier


    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass believe the record Brazilian opening weekend for their local language hit Chico Xavier could set it up for a lucrative run outside its native country.
  • Brazil


    The Brazilian box office edged close to the Real1bn - around $550m - mark in 2009, hitting $533m (Real970m), thanks to the country’s overall economic growth, the expansion of 3D theatres and the excellent performance of Brazilian films at the local box office.
  • Economic recovery spurs Brazil's 33% box office hike in 2009


    Brazil’s box office registered a 33.3% rise during 2009, with ticket sales getting close to R$1bn mark for the first time.
  • Lebanon, White Ribbon, A Obra De Arte among 400-strong Sao Paulo roster


    The Sao Paulo International Film Festival kicked off on October 22 with a guest-only screening of Ken Loach’s Looking For Eric as festival staff prepared to unveil more than 400 titles in the line-up, including new local films, festival favourites and world premieres.
  • The Famous And The Dead claims best picture prize at Rio


    The joys and anxieties of adolescence captured by Esmir Filho in The Famous And The Dead (Os Famosos Eos Duendes Da Morte) brought the 27-year-old director the most prestigious prize as the 11th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival came to a close.
  • Meirelles, Padilha sign on to direct segments of Rio, I Love You


    Fernando Meirelles and Jose Padilha have signed on to direct segments of Rio, Eu Te Amo (Rio, I Love You), the fourth instalment of the Cities of Love franchise created by the French producer Emmanuel Benbihy.
  • RioMarket 2009 kicks off with 30% year-on-year rise in participants


    More than 300 companies are expected to attend RioMarket 2009, which opened on September 25 and continues until October 6.
  • Right place, write time


    On the eve of the Rio International Film Festival (Sept 24-Oct 8), Elaine Guerini reports on how a group of Brazilian screenwriters are becoming some of the most sought-after writers in the world.
  • Rezende's Salve Geral gets Brazilian nod for Oscars


    Brazil has named Sergio Rezende’s true life drama Salve Geral as the country’s entry for the foreign language Oscar.
  • Brazil box office surges ahead of 2008 by 34.6% in first half of year


    The spectacular success of Se Eu Fosse Voce 2 and other local titles helped drive ticket sales in the first six months of 2009 to $244.8m in Brazil, an increase of 34.6% from the same period last year while admissions rose 31.1% from 42.2m in 2008 to 55.4m this year.
  • 'Too many releases and too few cinemas'


    How has theatrical film marketing changed in the past few years?
  • Market Report - Brazil


    Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing markets. It boasts a booming middle class with disposable income to spend in an ever-increasing number of multiplexes watching a wide variety of new releases. The total box office grew 2.1% in 2008 from the year before to $31.9m, with admissions up a slight 0.3% year on year.
  • Brazil - Odd couple on top


    After six weeks on release, Fox International's If I Were You 2 (Se Eu Fosse Voce 2) has out-performed the highest grossing film of 2008, Warner Bros' The Dark Knight, to become one of the most successful local films of all time in Brazil. With revenues of $17m (r$39.1m) to date - The Dark Knight grossed $14.2m (r$32.7m) - the romantic comedy has overtaken the 2005 hit Two Sons Of Francisco which garnered $16m (r$36.7m) in 2005. However, in terms of ...
  • Brazil box office rises by 2.1% in 2008 to $313.9m


    Brazil's box office totaled $313.9m (R$727.8m) in 2008, which represents a slight increase of 2.1% over the previous year, according to figures released by Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market data. Thanks to the revenues registered in December, particularly from Madagascar 2 which sold 3.5m tickets in that month alone, the year's grosses didn't fall as had been expected.Even though 2008 managed to ...
  • Sao Paulo critics name Linha de Passe, Hills Of Disorder best of 2008


    The film critics of APCA, Sao Paulo Arts Critics Association, gave their top honor of best film this year to two titles: Linha de Passe, Walter Salles' and Daniela Thomas' urban drama which premiered in competition at Cannes, and Andrea Tonacci's The Hills of Disorder. Linha de Passe follows the lives of four brothers who struggle to rise ...
  • Pindorama wins best film prize at Brazilian Film Festival Of Toronto


    Pindorama - The True Story of the Seven Dwarves, a documentary about a family of so-called little people who run a circus, won the prize for best film at the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto last night. Directed by Roberto Berliner, Lula Queiroga and Leo Crivellare, the film will be released in Brazil on November 21st. It has also been screened at SilverDocs, AFI Fest and MoMA Exhibition of Contemporary Brazilian Cinema in New ...
  • Not By Chance to open Brazilian Film Festival Of Toronto


    Philippe Barcinski's first feature film Not By Chance a story of two control-obsessed men, opens the 2nd BRAFFT - Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto this week at the Bloor Cinema. Fifteen films will be screened during the four-day event (Nov 6-9), launched last year to increase the visibility of Brazilian cinema in Canada and to create 'networking' opportunities to encourage co-productions between both countries.This year's ...
  • Emily Atef's The Stranger In Me wins top prize at Sao Paulo


    Emily Atef's The Stranger in Me, a drama about a mother who suffers from post-natal depression and becomes a threat to her child, won the best film award at the 32nd Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The jury presided by UK director Hugh Hudson made an exception at the festival this year by announcing a best actress prize for Susanne Wolff, the film's star.'After our world premiere at Critics Week in Cannes this year, ...
  • Padilha documentary Garapa gets world premiere in Sao Paulo


    Jose Padilha's new film Garapa will have its world premiere at the 32nd Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Oct 16 - 30). After winning the Golden Bear at Berlin for Elite Squad, the Brazilian director returns to the documentary form by shooting with hand-held cameras in black and white. Padilha, who shot Bus 174 (2002) based on a real-life hijacking ...
  • Rio winners led by Should Nothing Else Work Out, Dead Girl's Feast


    The winners of the 2008 Rio International Film Festival were announced tonight at the closing award ceremony at Odeon theatre. The Premiere Brasil's best film prize, known as the Redentor award, was given to Se Nada Mais Der Certo (Should Nothing Else Work Out), directed by Jose Eduardo Belmonte. One of the world premieres of the festival, the film follows the struggle of an unemployed and broke journalist who lives with a depressive ...
  • Paramount signs two-picture deal with Padilha and Prado's Zazen


    Paramount Pictures announced today a two-picture co-production deal with Jose Padilha and Marcos Prado`s film company Zazen Produções. Signed during Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, the deal includes Nunca Antes Na Historia Deste Pais, the new feature film by Padilha, who won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year with Elite Squad which was also distributed in Brazil by Paramount ...
  • In Focus: Rio and Sao Paulo film festivals


    The Brazilian selections at the international film festivals in Rio and Sao Paulo are a good barometer of the hot new local projects. Jose Padilha's Elite Squad opened last year's Rio film festival and went on to win the Golden Bear at Berlin.Who to knowat Rio. Click here for moreThe Brazilian wave. Click here for more
  • In Focus:Riding the brazilian wave


    Inspired by the global success of Walter Salles, Fernando Meirelles and now Jose Padilha, a new generation of Brazilian producers and directors is emerging with its eye firmly on the international market.
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  • Rio Film Festival to kick off on Sept 25 with Last Stop 174


    Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174, which was today announced as Brazil's foreign language film Oscar entry, will kick off the Rio International Film Festival on Sept 25. The festival, which opened last year with Jose Padilha's Elite Squad, five months before it won the Golden Bear in Berlin, runs for 15 days until Oct 9.Last Stop 174 had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival ...
  • Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174 selected as Brazil's Oscar entry


    Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174 has been selected as Brazil's official entry for the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards.Last Stop 174 selected as Brazil's Oscar entry
  • Nome Proprio, Cochochiwin atBrazil's Gramado festival


    Murilo Salles' Nome Proprio, the story of an intense young woman who dedicates her life to writing, won the award for best Brazilian film at the 36th Gramado film festival.
  • Brazilian, Polish producers team for Ziembinski documentary


    Brazil and Poland will be co-production partners on Ziembinski, a documentary about the Polish director and actor regarded as one of the founders of the modern Brazilian theatre in the 1940s. The Warsaw-based production company Kalejdoskop will team up with Plateau Producoes and Urszula Groska Producoes, both from Sao Paulo, to recreate the life of Zimba, as Zbigniew Marian Ziembinski was called in Brazil. If he were alive today, 2008 would mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.
  • Admissions tumble in Brazil by 11.3% in first six months 2008


    In the first six months of 2008 Brazil recorded a 11.3% fall in admissions and a 8.8% drop in box office revenues over the same period last year. According to figures released by Filme B, a local company that reviews theatrical market data, the country's sales amounted R$352m ($221.3m), as a result of 42.5m tickets sold. Only the average ticket price increased, reaching R$8.27 ($5.2), up 2.8% from the same period last year.The fall in sales and attendance is attributed ...
  • Jean Charles de Menezes drama gearing up for August shoot


    Jean Charles, the drama about Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian electrician killed by British police three years ago, will be filmed in London and Paulinia, a city of Sao Paulo State.
  • Amado's granddaughter makes directorial debut with Captains


    Cecilia Amado, the granddaughter of the late Brazilian author Jorge Amado, will direct the big-screen adaptation of his Captains Of The Sands.
  • Latin America - Lure of the Latin beat


  • UPI plans to march Elite Squad across Latin America


    Universal Pictures International (UPI) plans to release Jose Padilha's $5m Elite Squad in theatres throughout Latin America following the film's Golden Bear win at Berlin. 'We are presenting Elite Squad in main Latin American festivals to generate a media exposure for the film,' says Mauricio Durán, UPI VP for of marketing and distribution in Latin America. 'The Golden Bear confirms the pedigree ...
  • Theatrical admissions down by 5.2% in Brazil in 2007


    Movie attendance fell by an estimated 5.2% at Brazil's theatres in 2007, according to Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market data. Since 2005 there has been a drop in admissions in the country, where 85.5m tickets were sold last year. Box office revenues went down slightly by 1.6%, bringing the total to $390.5m (R$ 684m). The official numbers will be announced next week.There was an increase in tickets price (up 3.9% from the previous year), ...
  • Piracy-ravaged Elite Squad still makes impact in Brazil


    Jose Padilha's controversial Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) logged the biggest opening weekend for a Brazilian film this year.The portrait of police corruption sold around 178.000 tickets - 40% up on the next most seen local film of 2007, A Grande Familia. Elite Squad grossed about $970,000 (BRL 1.7m).The performance was particularly strong given that the film opened earlier than planned ...
  • Mutum wins top prize, but Estomago dominates at Rio


    Marcos Jorge's Estômago - A Gastronomic Story won four prizes at the Première Brazil awards ceremony at the 9th Rio International Film Festival tonight. The awards were handed out at the historic Odeon BR theatre, where a special Fipresci Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro, nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for Walter Salles' Central Station.
  • Italy, Brazil sign co-production treaty in Rio


    Brazil and Italy have signed an agreement in principle on film co-production. Announced yesterday at the Rio International Film Festival, the deal between Istituto Luce and Cinecitta Holding from Italy and Ancine, the Brazilian National Cinema Agency, is designed to facilitate co-production of both features and documentaries. The final document will be signed at the Rome Film Festival (Oct 18-27) and is expected to take effect in 2008, when Italian backers will ...
  • Latin American experts discuss piracy troubles in Rio


    Piracy is of the major concerns being discussed during RioMarket (Sept 21-Oct 3), the largest gathering of the audiovisual industry in Latin America.
  • Brazil names Hamburger's Year its Oscar submission


    Cao Hamburger's The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano Em Que Meus Pais Sairam De Ferias) is Brazil's entry for the foreign language film Oscar. The decision, announced today in Rio de Janeiro, came as a surprise since the controversial Elite Squad was considered the favorite for its dark portrait of Brazilian police force.But the panel of ...
  • Festival - Brazil - Rio turns up the heat


    Brazilian cinema takes centre stage at the Rio International Film Festival this week. Some 37 features and documentaries and 15 short films will screen in the competitive Premiere Brasil section.
  • Production - Films and talent - Brazil's balancing act


    Brazil's new generation of directors and producers are faced with a difficult challenge: how to combine arthouse sensibility with a desire for international recognition.
  • Elite Squad to open Rio International Film Festival


    Rio International Film Festival (Sept 20 - Oct 4) will open with the highly anticipated Jose Padilha's Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite).It will give an explosive start to an event which will screen more than 300 films from 70 countries over 35 venues, including outdoor screenings on he famous Copacabana beach.Elite Squad is the true story of two ...
  • Brazilian admissions steady but ticket price rise boosts sales 4%


    Brazilian cinema admissions in the first six months of 2007 matched the figures for the same period last year, with attendance up only 0.15%.
  • Palme d'Or winner: Anselmo Duarte


    The 87-year-old Anselmo Duarte is the only Brazilian who has picked up the top prize at Cannes with The Given Word in 1962, when the unknown director nabbed the prize from under the noses of Michelangelo Antonioni (The Eclipse), Robert Bresson (The Trial Of Joan Of Arc) and Luis Bunuel (Exterminating Angel). But what should have been a glorious recognition of his talent became a curse. Harshly criticised in Brazil, Duarte felt persecuted and his career took a downturn.
  • Stray Dog takes best film at Cine PE - Festival do Audiovisual


    Stray Dog (Cao Sem Dono) is the big winner of Cine PE - Festival do Audiovisual, one of the most important and prestigious Brazilian film festivals.
  • Latin American locations: Brazil


    Despite its beautiful scenery and cheap costs, Brazil's violent image has hampered it in attracting international productions. This is something the newly created Brazilian Film Commissions Association (Abrafic) hopes to rectify.
  • Brazil - The away game


    Brazilian film-maker Cao Hamburger first began to think about The Year My Parents Went On Vacation, which just played in Competition at Berlin, while living in London in 2001.
  • Brazil's 2006 box office figures released


    According to figures released by Filme B (a local film company that reviews theatrical market numbers), despitefalling viewing trendsbox office sales were up 3.2%, reaching R$694.9m ($324.6m) as a result of an increase in ticket prices (up 7% from the previous year). Brazil's cinema attendance dropped an estimated 3% in 2006, with 90.2m tickets sold, according to figures released by Filme B (a local film company that reviews theatrical market numbers). Box office sales, however, were up ...
  • Brazil announces new tax break for local TV, change to screen quotas


    Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sanctioned a law that creates a new fund for local films and makes adjustments to the country's existing Audiovisual Law.
  • Brazil to discuss creating film commission


  • Sao Paulo boasts best of Brazil alongside wide world programme


    The 30thedition Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Oct 19 - Nov 2)is to screen more than 360 films from more than 50 countries. The event willopen with the documentary The US vs John Lennon, by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, andclose with the restored version of Macuna'ma (1969), by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade. The Brazilianfilm-maker, who was one of the central figures of CinemaNovo movement, ...
  • US to remake Brazil hit If I Were You


    USA'sClifford Werber Productions and Brazil'sTotal Entertainment will produce the English language remake of the romanticcomedy If I Were You (Se Eu FosseVocê), the most successful Brazilian film of the year. Produced by Total, inassociation with Lereby, Fox Film do Brasil and Globo Filmes (the film arm ofleading Brazilian broadcaster Globo TV), ...
  • Sao Paulo to host new film market Aug 23-25


  • Brazil box-office up 12% during first half of 2006


    Brazil's box office sales totaled $154.4m (Brazilian Real 340.8m) in the first six months of 2006, registering a 12.1% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market numbers. The average ticket price reached $3.51 (BRL 7.73), up 6% from the same period.
  • Brazilian cinema launches new promotional arm in Cannes


  • Brazil to keep the same screen quota system from 2005


    The Brazilian National Cinema Agency(Ancine), an organ of the Ministry of Culture, will keep the screen quotasystem in place to protect local production against Hollywood hegemony in 2006.The system will ensure that a local film theatre with one single screen showsBrazilian movies for at least 35 days of the year - with the quota increasingaccording to the number of screens per complex.
  • Brazil's box-office takings drop by 17.5%


    Brazil's box office dropped an estimated 17.5 % in 2005,according to figures released by the local film distributors' union. Thecountry's sales amounted approximately $278.9m (R$ 633m), signaling the end of six years of market growth, pushed partially by the expansion of the exhibitionsector that today totals about 2,000 screens as opposed to 1,400 in 1999.
  • Two Sons breaks Brazilian box office records


    BrenoSilveira's Two Sons of Francisco has overtaken Carandiru tobecome the highest grossing Brazilian film in its home territory in the last 20years.
  • Good Night to open, Potemkin to close Sao Paolo


    The 29th annualSao Paulo International Film Festival will kick off on Oct 21 with GeorgeClooney's Good Night, And Good Luckand close with the restored version of The Battleship Potemkin accompanied by the local Jazz Symphonic Orchestra onNov 3.
  • City, Aspirins win top Rio prizes


    Sergio Machado's CidadeBaixa (Lower City) won the best fiction feature prize at the RioIntrernational Film Festival and Marcelo Gomes' Cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus (Cinema, Aspirins And Vultures) took home the festival's second, the special jury prizeat the festival's closing ceremony tonight (Thursday).
  • Brazilian outfits forge Euro co-production on samba doc


    ThreeBrazilian production outfits - Total Filmes, Buriti Filmes and Boca a Boca -have sealed a co-production deal with Gloria Films of France and Fado Filmes ofPortugal to produce music documentary Os Guardioes Do Samba (Guardians OfSamba).
  • Two Sons strikes a chord at Brazilian box office


    Two Sons Of Francisco, a biopic about Brazilian country music duo Zeze DiCamargo & Luciano, has become the highest-grossing Brazilian film of theyear in its home territory.
  • Rio festival expands market activities


  • Brazilian admissions plunge in first half of 2005


    Cinema admissions in Brazildropped 26% in the first six months of 2005, according to figures released byFilme B, a local film company specialised in compiling theatrical statistics.