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Brazilian Talent at the Cannes Film Festival

By Vivienne Bardot

The Cannes Film Festival is regarded by Brazilians (and worldwide) as one of the most important film festivals in the world. The glamour and enchantment of the Cote d’Azur, and sheer magic that the FIF represents to Brazilians, have them dreaming of being able to participate in this dream one day.

The first Brazilian movie to win the coveted Palme d’Or was O Pagador de Promessas, by Anselmo Duarte (1962). This film marked the transition from the “old” to the “new” guard of Brazilian cinema and awakened an international interest in Brazilian movies.

In 1964, the Cannes Film Festival further played a role in the global introduction of “New Brazilian Cinema”, by selecting as its official screening, Vidas Secas, by Nelson Pereira dos Santos. Deus e O Diablo na Terra do Sol, by Glauber Rocha and Ganga Zumba, by Carlos Diegues, were also shown during the 1964 festival, and this was instrumental in creating a universal appreciation, as well as contributing to the radical changes which were taking place in cinema at that time.

Since that watershed era, many other Brazilian films have been shown and received awards in Cannes: Terra em Transe (1967) and Di Cavalcante (1977), both by Glauber Rocha, Meow (1982), by Marcos Magalhães and Um Sol Alaranjado (2002), by Eduardo Valente are to name just a few. In 1969, Glauber Rocha won the Best Director award for O Dragão da Maldade Contra O Santo Guerreiro, and Fernanda Torres won Best Actress in 1986 with Eu Sei que Vou Te Amar.

Yet despite these victories, Brazil’s representation at the Cannes Film Festival has declined in recent years.  Since Linha de Passe in 2008, Brazil has not submitted any films for consideration to the official competition. When the festival general delegate, Thierry Fremaux, was asked about this noticeable drop in Brazilian participation, at the 2014 Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he responded that this was, indeed, “a mystery”.  He went on to request lists of Brazilian-made films for consideration… and possible inclusion in the most popular and important film festival in the world.

Brazilians in Miami, and especially filmmakers and industry professionals, you are likewise challenged:  It is your duty to restore Brazil to its rightful place on la Croisette!

What films do you think deserve to be shown in Cannes, during this year’s 68th Cannes International Film FestivalContact@VivienneBardot.com to let us know!



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