The seventh-annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil-NY kicked off last night with a Central Park Summerstage concert by Silvia Machete and screening of Brazilian box-office record-setter If I Were You 2, directed by Daniel Filho.

The series continues at Tribeca Cinemas through August 7, presenting the best in contemporary Brazilian cinema to New York audiences, who will vote for their favourite film to get an Audience Award.

The selections include documentary about 1970s singer Simonal - Nobody Know How Tough It Was by Claudio Manoel; Jose Alvarenga Jr’s comedy In Therapy; Leticia Sabatella and Gringo Cardia’s documentary Hotxua about a laughter-loving Indian tribe; and Walter Carvalho’s Budapest, based on the book by Brazilian singer Chico Buarque.

Other selections are drama The Ballroom by Lais Bodanzky, documentary Favela On Blast by Leandro HBL and Wesley Pentz, drama The Herb Of The Rat by Julio Bressane, documentary Loki - Arnaldo Baptista by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle, drama Romance by Guel Arraes, drama Saens Pena Square by Vinicius Reis, documentary Smoking I Wait by Adriana Dutra, drama Threshold by Rafael Conde, drama Veronica by Mauricio Farias, and documentary Wandering Heart by Fernando Grostein Andrade.

Many of the cast and crew of the films will be on hand to participate in Q&As and attend nightly celebrations..

Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil-NY is presented by the Brazilian government with support from American Airlines, Stella Artois, Piola, Quanta, the Consulate General of New York.

The Infinnito group also presents Brazilian film festivals in Miami, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Canudos, Vancouver, Madrid, Istanbul and London.

The schedule can be found at