Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival Comes to LA: Our Picks & Trailers!

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Brazil has been in the foreground of international news. Gearing itself up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the streets of Rio and beyond have been riddled with passionate protestors hoping to refocus the Governments attention onto its citizens. A prime-time for The 5th Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, running from July 31st – Aug 4th, to shine a light on innovative Brazilian cinema. Showcasing the most daring features, documentaries and shorts coming out of Brazil this year, HBFF highlights the changing culture within Brazil. This year includes a special New Portuguese Cinema, with over 25 films, panel discussions with directors and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow film-buffs. Check out their website for the full schedule. Did we mention all these films are presented for FREE? Just make sure you RSVP. Check out our flick-picks below!

Mr. Sganzerla
Director: Joel Pizzini
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Mr. Sganzerla is a first-person homage to one of Brazils most celebrated filmmakers, RogĂ©rio Sganzerla. Using rare footage and staged situations, this documentary attempts to recreate Mr Sganzerla’s unique artistic process.

The Love That Consumes
Allan Ribiero
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The Love That Consumes shows the journey of dance company Rubens Barbot, trying to thrive in Rio de Janeiro’s Lapa neighborhood. Spreading their message through dance, this film serves as an ode to dance as an art form.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro
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Showing the blurred lines of class divide within Brazil, Housemaids is seen through the eyes of seven adolescents and their relationships with their caretakers.

Director: Sergio Andrade
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Jonathas calls the Amazon his home, until he delves deep into unknown terrain to impress an American backpacker. His decision leads him to a mystical, fateful journey.

Duruval Records
Director: Anna Muyalert

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Closing out HBFF is celebrated female director Anna Muylaert’s breakout film, the nostalgic story and homage to 70’s music, of a middle-aged record store owner who still lives with his mother.