Festival du Film Brésilien de Montréal is a film festival fully dedicated to Brazilian cinema! The Brazilian film production of recent years is being recognized everywhere for its quality and diversity. The festival showcases a selection of great movies from the new era of Brazilian filmmaking, all taking place over seven days in Montreal. Among fiction features and documentaries, the festival is a chance to see some truly creative and audacious films – both in form and content.
TIME OF PEACE – Tempos de Paz
Friday November 28th 1pm, Tuesday December 2nd 1:00pm
2009. 80 min. Dir.: Daniel Filho.
With: Tony Ramos, Dan Stulbach, Ailton Graça, Daniel Filho. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Segismundo (Tony Ramos) is a former political police officer of Getúlio Vargas' government, who used to torture prisoners. In April 1945, he is the chief of the Immigration Office in Rio de Janeiro and, therefore, is in charge of preventing the entry of Nazis. Then, the Polish Clausewitz (Dan Stulbach) must convince him that he is a victim in order to gain access to the country. Time of Peace is a film that turns a very complex issue (i.e. immigration) into a simple story of a day that changes the lives of two men.
CITÉ DE DIEU – 10 ANS PLUS TARD / Cidade de Deus–10 Anos Depois
Friday November 28th 3pm, Tuesday December 2nd 3pm , Thursday December 4th 1pm
2014. 100 min. Dir.: Cavi Borges,Luciano Vidigal.
With: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino Da Hora, Roberta Rodrigues, Jonathan Haagensen, Seu Jorge, Alice Braga,Thiago Martins, Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva, Rubens Sabino, Felipe Paulino, Renato De Souza, Eduardo Br, Ivanzinho, Bernardo Silva, Michel Gomes, Daniel Zettel, Luis Otávio. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
City of God – 10 years later investigates the fate of the actors who participated in the award-winning film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund. This documentary shows the different results, due to the worldwide success of the film City of God, the life of each one of them. Would they weren’t prepared for success? Or the social condition of some of them was stronger than the opportunity that they had?
CINEMA HOLLYWOOD – Cine Holliúdy
Friday November 28th 5pm, Wednesday December 3rd 7pm
2012. 91 min. Dir.: Halder Gomes.
With: Edmilson Filho, Miriam Freeland, Joel Gomes, Roberto Bomtempo, Angeles Woo, Fiorella Mattheis, Fernanda Callou, João Neto, Karla Karenina, Marcondes Falcão, Haroldo Guimarães, Rainer Cadete, Marcio Greyck, Jorge Richie, João Pedro Delgado, Jesuíta Barbosa. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
The massive arrival of television in the country side of Brazil, in the ’70s, puts in jeopardy the small movie theaters businesses. Francisgleydisson is the owner of Cine Holliudy, and he must be extremely creative to keep his passion for cinema alive. A Brazilian way of showing its passion for the 7th art, even in the remotes areas. Cinema Paradiso and Amacord are close references.
GETULIO – Opening film
Friday November 28th 7pm, Thursday November 4th 3:00pm
2014. 100 min. Dir.: João Jardim.
With: Tony Ramos, Drica Moraes, Alexandre Borges, Leonardo Medeiros, Fernando Luís, Daniel Dantas, Murilo Elbas, Sílvio Matos, José Raposo, Adriano Garib, Thiago Justino, Luciano Chirolli, Marcelo Médici, Clarisse Abujamra. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
The dramatic last days of Getúlio’s life are narrated from the President’s own point of view. The most tragic political crisis in the Republic’s history is triggered on August 5th, 1954, when an attempt against Carlos Lacerda’s life kills Major Rubens Vaz. The President is accused, with all evidences pointing to his Government. The noose tightens up when it is proven that Gregory Fortunato, head of his personal guard, was the mastermind behind the crime. Cornered, Getúlio claims innocence and faces pressure with stoic resistance. Recurring rumors of a palace invasion by troops point to an imminent coup. Nothing is proved against the President himself, but the Army, Navy and Air Force demand his resignation. Getúlio provisionally accepts the suggestion of taking a leave of absence, but, in the wee hours of August 24th, he is informed that the military will not accept his temporary leave. Getúlio Vargas, alone in his bedroom, kills himself with a bullet to his heart.
With: Fábio Porchat, Miá Mello, Marcelo Valle, Inez Viana, Juliana Didone, Alejandro Claveaux. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Fabio and Mia only met a month ago, but decides to get married. The honeymoon will take them on a spectacular cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Europe. On this trip, Mia will find Bob, her ex-boyfriend, now married to Laura, Fabio’s former unrequited passion. Muddled with this coincidence, Fabio and Mia will live many adventures on the journey almost ending their plans.
SAMBA LADIES / Damas do Samba
Saturday November 29th 1pm, Monday December 1st 3pm
2013. 75 min. Dir.: Susanna Lira.
With: Dona Ivone Lara, Beth Carvalho, Tia Surica, Lucinha Nobre e Rosa Magalhaes. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
SAMBA LADIES provides an in-depth look at the role of women in the world of samba, showing how their participation and strength helped cement samba as Brazil’s national rhythm.
DEMOCRACY EN NOIR ET BLANC - Democracia em Preto e Branco
Saturday November 29th 3pm, Wednesday December 3rd 5pm
2014. 90 min. Dir.: Pedro Asbeg. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
In the mid-1980s, the struggle for the end of the dictatorship and the re-democratization of Brazil rocked the country. The movement for amnesty, workers’ strikes, student militancy and also music and football entered the dance. Seen as the “people’s opium,” football at that moment was, on the contrary, an active instrument for mobilization through the call of Corinthian Democracy. Led by Sócrates, Vladimir, Casagrande and Zenon, this libertarian movement promoted the principals of self-management in the club. In the stadiums, through banners and t-shirts, they urged fans to vote in the first direct elections for governor in 20 years in 1982.
CASA GRANDE OR THE BALLAD OF POOR JEAN – Casa Grande
Saturday November 29th 5pm
2013.115 min. Dir.: Fellipe Barbosa.
With: Thales Cavalcanti, Marcello Novaes, Suzana Pires, Alice Melo, Bruna Amaya, Clarissa Pinheiro. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Exploring issues of class privilege among Rio’s decadent elite, Casa Grande depicts a teenage boy’s struggle to escape his overprotective parents as they covertly spiral into bankruptcy.
2014. 95 min. Dir.: Daniel Ribeiro.
With: Guilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Selma Egrei, Eucir de Souza, Naruna Costa, Júlio Machado, Isabela Guasco, Lúcia Romano, Victor Filgueiras. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Representing Brazil for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars.
Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo and make him question his plans.
THE HONEST CANDIDATE
Saturday November 29th 9pm, Wednesday December 3rd 9pm
2014. 100 min. Dir.: Roberto Santucci.
With: Leandro Hassum, Luiza Valdetaro, Julia Rabello, Ellen Rocche, Victor leal, Henri Pagnoncelli, Flavia Garrafa Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Unrepentant and corrupt, Joao Ernesto is on the verge of winning presidency of the Republic when his grandmother casts him a powerful spell. On the eve of the second round of elections, he discovers that he can no longer lie like he used to do brilliantly...
2014. 58 min. Dir.: Tiago Tambelli Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
20 cents" is a feature-length documentary that portrays "the social and political turmoil triggered by the hike in public transit fares in São Paulo in 2013. The main characters are the streets, the public spaces taken by the voice of the protesters. The dialogue is constructed by billboards, placards and by the cries and demands of the protestors. The result is a portrait of a zeitgeist, a spirit of an era yet unknown in Brazil, marking the emergence of a new form of political activism that comes from a deep crisis in representative democracy. At the same time, it is a cinematic experiment that emulates behind the camera the same principles it registers in front of it: a collaborative, horizontal and non-hierarchical film."
RENDEZ-VOUS AVEC SEBASTIÃO SALGADO / Revelando Sebastião Salgado
Sunday November 30th 3pm, Wednesday December 3rd 1pm
2012. 75 min. Dir.: Tiago Tambelli Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
Meeting Sebastião Salgado is the first Brazilian documentary about one of the most important and unique photographers in contemporary photography.
2012. 82 min. Dir.: Petra Costa. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Shortlisted Best Documentary Oscar Academy Awards 2015
Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother : become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. She only has a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and letters. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go.
NEVER TOO OLD TO MEOW / Gata Velha Ainda Mia
Sunday November 30th 7pm, Thursday December 4th 5pm
2013. 89 min. Dir.: Rafael Primot.
With: Regina Duarte, Bárbara Paz, Gilda Nomacce. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Gloria Polk, a decadent and bitter writer, finally decides to give an interview to Carol, a young journalist who lives in the same apartment building. Gloria talks about her decision to go back to writing after a long break. The female drama gradually transforms into an unusual thriller. The film highlights the insane creative process of writers and stars Brazil’s most-widely acclaimed actress Regina Duarte who coincidentally will be celebrating her 50th year on the screen this year.
THE DOGNAPPER / Mato Sem Cachorro
Sunday November 30th 9pm, Tuesday December 2nd 9pm
2013. 121 min. Dir.: Pedro Amorim.
With: Bruno Gagliasso, Leandra Leal, Danilo Gentili, Letícia Isnard, Enríque Diaz, Felipe Rocha, Gabriela Duarte, Simone Mazzer, Rafael Bastos, Sandro Rocha, Tatsu Carvalho, Paulo Serra, Ricardo Gomes, Rafael Rocha, Fabiano Krieguer, Davidson Santos, Ângela Leal, Shirley Cruz, Priscila Assum, Sandy Leah, Flavio Migliaccio, Elke Maravilha, Sidney Magal. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
A man runs over a puppy and meets the love of his life on the same day. The couple and their dog live the dream, until she wants out.
DOSSIER JANGO / Dossiê Jango
Monday December 1st 1pm
2012. 102 min. Dir.: Paulo Henrique Fontenelle. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
JANGO REPORT brings up the hazy period in which the former president João Goulart lived in exile and the very suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, questioning the failure of the State to investigate this case of such importance to Brazilian History. The documentary also stimulates the debate on the need to disclose the files and to clarify the facts related to the military dictatorship period in Brazil.
LA COLLECTION INVISIBLE / A Coleção Invisível
Monday December 1st 5pm, Thursday December 4th 7pm
2012. 89 min. Dir.: Bernard Attal.
With: Vladimir Brichta, Walmor Chagas, Ludmila Rosa, Clarisse Abujamra, Conceição Senna, Frank Menezes, Wesley Macedo, Paulo César Pereio. Original Portuguese version with French subtitles
The young Beto ventures to the Brazilian countryside in search of a collection of rare drawings. There he meets Samir, the collector, and his family ruined by the demise of the cocoa plantations. The journey and the encounter will irrevocably change the young man’s soul. Based on a short story by Stefan Zweig.
S.O.S. WOMEN OVERBOARD / S.O.S.Mulheres ao Mar
Monday December 1st 7pm, Tuesday December 2nd 7pm
2014. 94 min. Dir.: Cris D’Amato.
With: Giovanna Antonelli, Fabiula Nascimento, Thalita Carauta, Emanuelle Araújo, Reynaldo Gianecchini, Marcello Airoldi, Rodrigo Ferrarini, Theresa Amayo, Flávio Galvão, Sergio Muniz, Carmine Signorelli, Karina Marthin. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Adriana boards a cruise ship, determined to get her ex-husband back. She plans to sabotage his honeymoon with a young and gorgeous TV starlet during their trip from Rio to Venice. Adriana’s “partners in crime” will be her sister, the unpredictable boy crazy Luiza, and Dialinda, a maid who pretends to be a successful businesswoman in order to hook up with a rich man. These three completely different women will cause many troubles aboard the ship, but eventually will find new routes for their own lives. Hilarious characters in stunning locations such as Rio, Roma and Venice make S.O.S Women Overboard an unforgettable romantic comedy.
2013. 115 min. Dir.: Jayme Monjardim.
With Fernanda Montenegro, Paulo Goulart, Thiago Lacerda, Cleo Pires, Marjorie Estiano. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Rio Grande do Sul, the late 19th century. The Amaral family and Terra-Cambará are historically enemies in the city of Santa Fe. When the sobrado of Terra-Cambará is surrounded by Amaral, all members of the family are forced to defend the location with the weapons they have at their disposal. This vigil lasts several days, and causes food shortages. Among them is Bibiana (Fernanda Montenegro), matriarch of the family that receives a visit from her late husband, Captain Rodrigo (Thiago Lacerda). Together they recall the history not only of his love, but how was born the Terra-Cambará family itself.
2014. 80 min. Dir.: Gregorio Graziosi.
With Irandhir Santos, Lola Peploe, Julio Andrade, Marku Ribas, Luciana Inês Domschke, Sabrina Greve, Christiana Ubach, Marisol Ribeiro. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
FIPRESCI Award - Rio de Janeiro 2014
In the heavily populated city of São Paulo, a young architect discovers a clandestine cemetery which makes him struggle with his conscience and question his own heritage.
THE ROBERTO BROTHERS - Os Irmãos Roberto
Wednesday December 3rd 3pm
2012. 72 min. Dir.: Ivana Mendes,Tiago Arakilian. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
Icons of Brazil’s Modern Architecture, with extensive works such as the award-winning ABI building and the Santos Dumont Airport, the Roberto Brothers receive their much deserved retrospective.
TILL LUCK DO US PART 2 - Até que a Sorte nos Separe 2
2014. 102 min. Dir.: Roberto Santucci.
With Leandro Hassum, Camila Morgado, Kiko Mascarenhas, Rita Elmôr. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles
After all the trouble in the first film, Tino and Jane have more fun adventures. Still tasting bitter failure, they see a light at the end of the tunnel with uncle Olavinho’s unexpected inheritance.
However, the will carries an unusual request: the rich uncle wants his ashes to be scattered throughout the Grand Canyon. The couple takes the opportunity of the trip to fulfill this wish and decides to go to Las Vegas and end up getting into comical situations. Big time spender Tino will fall into the greatest temptations and indulge in the casinos of the gambling city.