UK-based Goalpost Film is launching international sales here at the AFM, and Imagem Group will handle Latin American sales. The film will be delivered in mid-2009.
The new title is the affectionate term Brazilians living abroad use for one another.
Henrique Goldman's narrative drama is about an extended of Brazilian cousins who move to London, who experience big dreams and joie-de-vivre of the expat community but also shows hardship and tragedy (27-year-old innocent electrician Menezes was mistaken for a terrorist and shot dead by police following London's 2005 bombings).
Producers for the unofficial UK-Brazilian co-production are Luke Schiller of Mango Films, Carlos Nader of Ja Filmes, and Goldman. Executive producers include Stephen Frears and Ken Loach's longtime producer Rebecca O'Brien.
Goldman also co-wrote the screenplay with Marcelo Starobinas. Guillermo Escalon serves as DoP, Kerry Kohler will edit, and acclaimed composer Nitin Sawhney is writing the score.
Other backing comes from the UK Film Council's Development Fund and New Cinema Fund and Brazil's Imagem Group, Paulinia Regional Fund and Teleimage Post-Production Services.
Selton Mello (Drained) stars as Jean Charles de Menezes with Vanessa Giacomo playing his wide-eyed cousin and Ae Fond Kiss star Eva Birthistle playing his love interest.
'I am thrilled to have assembled such a brilliant international cast who will bring this remarkable, tragic yet uplifting story to the big screen,' director Goldman said.
Producers Luke Schiller and Carlos Nader added: 'We too are delighted to have brought together such a remarkable and exciting cast. The complex and fascinating relationship between the principal characters will take the audience on a journey to the heart of London's vibrant Brazilian community.'
Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt's London-based Goalpost Films has a slate that also includes Chinese family film Happy Ever After, Australian drama Elise starring Natalie Imbruglia, Damian Lewis mountaineering comedy The Climb, and Rupert Wyatt's Sundance hit The Escapist.