Fiction is featured at the 34th Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema | Brasilia Web – Brasilia News

Seventy percent of the films selected for the 54th edition of the Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema are fictions from 11 Brazilian states in the five regions. The crop of unprecedented majority will dialogue with the theme “The cinema of the future and the future of cinema”, proposed by the curatorship formed by filmmaker Sílvio Tendler and professor at UnB Tânia Montoro. It was born with the proposal to reflect on national production after nearly two years of pandemic.

“The Brasilia Festival of Brazilian Cinema has always, in its nature, been a space for dialogue with what is to come. Hence, languages, aesthetics and political debates that built the identity of the new Brazilian cinema were born. This edition is born historic because it will guide this post-pandemic world. Nothing will be the same as before, and these trends will be examined in the days of the festival”, points out secretary Bartolomeu Rodrigues.

The curator believes that the 2021 edition has increased debate power. Silvio Tendler celebrates the number of fictions, showing a new lease of life for national cinema.

“Last year, documentaries put the edition on hold and it was a victory (620,000 viewers). This year, we have this expanded reflection. We are going to discuss topics such as cinema in ancient times, hybrid language and the relationship with platforms”, says Silvio Tendler.

“There’s nothing more futuristic than revisiting the memory and this edition will make these tours. We will have a tribute to Tânia Quaresma, who was a filmmaker of planetary discussions, and a celebration of the trajectory of Lauro Montana, our actor from Brasília, holder of Kikito”, completes Tânia Montoro.

Organized by the Federal District’s Department of Culture and Creative Economy (Secec) in partnership with Associação Amigos do Futuro, the 54th edition of the longest-running film festival in Brazil will be held, in virtual format, between the 7th and 14th of December. The features of the National Competitive Exhibition will be shown at 23:30 on Canal Brasil. The Competitive Short Film and all the programming of the Mostra Brasília will be on the InnSaei.TV platform.

“Our concern in this edition was to expand public access to all the programming in a democratic way. Thus, each spectator will have 24 hours to watch the productions”, highlights the executive director and undersecretary of Creative Economy, Érica Lewis.

how to watch

The public watches all FBCB films for free on the InnSaei.TV platform and also sees the features of the National Competitive Show on Canal Brasil, at 23:30. Soon after, at 1:30 am, the same feature premiered on the InnSaei.TV platform, being available until 11:29 pm on the same day.

Short films from Mostra Competitiva, as well as films from Mostra Brasília and parallel shows will be available exclusively through the InnSaei.TV platform (times to be consulted on the festival’s website).

It is noteworthy that the votes of the Popular Jury will be available exclusively on the InnSaei.TV platform. The voting field appears as a pop-up right after viewing the full movie. Visit the schedule on the festival’s website to see all the films shown.


In this edition, the Brasília Festival offers a special Candango for recognizing the work of Léa Garcia, a fundamental Rio actress for Brazilian theater and cinema, in her 88 years of age and 70 years of career. The FBCB also honors the memory of teacher Lucília Marquez and actors Lauro Montana, Luís Gustavo, Tarcísio Meira, Paulo José and Paulo Gustavo.

The selection

Among the 985 films submitted, six feature films and 12 short films were selected to claim the coveted Candangos at the National Competitive Exhibition, in addition to four short and eight feature films to compete in the Mostra Brasília. The selection committee for national feature films was made up of Lino Meireles, Luiz Carlos Merten, Sandra Kogut, Nicole Puzzi and Pedro Caribé.

The national shorts were selected by Adriana Vasconcelos, André Luís da Cunha, Flávia Barbalho, Paula Sacchetta and Paulinho Sacramento. Mostra Brasília featured Flavia Guerra, Maíra Carvalho and Marcelo Emanuel dos Santos on the selection committee.

The movies

The selection of feature films for the Competitive Show brings four fictions and two documentaries from Bahia, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Alice dos Anjos (BA), by Daniel Leite Almeida, takes Alice in Wonderland’s fantasies to the landscape of the Bahian sertão; Lavra (MG), by Lucas Bambozzi, exposes the wounds of environmental devastation, traversing the paths of toxic and criminal mud that devastates entire cities; Acaso (DF), by Luis Jungmann Girafa, brings the on the road style to the famous via W3 in Brasília, celebrating the chance of big cities.

“There were 151 films submitted to choose six. We witnessed all these dreams of making and living cinema in this sampling”, commented Lino Meireles, from the National Exhibition’s Feature Selection Committee.

Ela e Eu (SP), by Gustavo Rosa de Moura, talks about the human being’s adaptability to unexpected events, with Andrea Beltrão as the protagonist; De Onde Viemos, Para Onde Vamos (GO), by Rochane Torres, records tradition and modernity in the daily life of the Iny indigenous people; and Saudade do Futuro (RJ), by Anna Azevedo, is an ode to saudade – a word so characteristic of the Portuguese language – filmed between Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal.

Among the national shorts, there are five works from São Paulo, two from the Federal District, with the other productions from Paraíba, Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Pernambuco, with nine fiction and three documentaries. Ocupagem (SP), by Joel Pizzini, portrays the meeting of writer Julián Funks with the leaders of the homeless movement Carmem Silva and Preta Ferreira; Terra Nova (AM) is a fiction about a theater actress requesting her emergency help; Filhos da Periferia (DF), by Arthur Gonzaga, debates youth and violence in peripheral contexts.

Chão de Fábrica (SP), by Nika Kopko, is a 100% feminine production that portrays the daily lives of four workers in their socializing in the women’s bathroom; Deus me Livre (PR), by Carlos Henrique de Oliveira and Luis Ansorena, portrays the hard life of gravediggers in the Vila Formosa cemetery – which buried the most covid-19 victims in Brazil; Adão, Eva and the Forbidden Fruit (PB), by RB Lima marks the reunion of a trans woman and her teenage son, separated at birth.

Como Respirar Fora d’Água (SP), by Júlia Fávero and Victoria Negreiros, reflects on the conflicts between a young black and lesbian woman and the military police, inside and outside her home; Cantareira (SP), by Rodrigo Ribeyro, exposes the paradoxes of the metropolis and nature; Sayonara (SP), by Chris Tex, deals with violent trauma and revenge; Once Upon a Time… A Princess (DF), by Lisiane Cohen, sets out in search of meaning in the absence of life in a family relationship; and From Boca da Noite to Barra do Dia (PE), by Tiago Delácio, documents the tradition of the seahorse in the Zona da Mata Pernambucana.

“Our cinematographic mission was to evaluate 743 short films and choose 12. We found strong works about inequality and this experience of covid-19”, reveals Flávia Guerra, from the Selection Committee.

The titles of Mostra Brasília reveal an incessant local production, with young and veteran filmmakers competing. At the opening of the Mostra – and in honor of Tânia Quaresma, filmmaker who left us in July this year – the public watches Hunters of History (2016), a documentary that portrays the reality of collectors of recyclable materials in Brazil.

Among the features selected for the local exhibition are: the documentary Mestre de Cena, by João Inácio; and the fictions: Acaso, by Luis Jungmann Girafa (also selected for the national exhibition); Noctiluzes, by Jimi Figueiredo and Sérgio Sartório; and Advent of Mary, by Vinícius Machado.

Among the short films that compete at Mostra Brasília are four fictions and four documentaries, namely: Tempo de Deruba, by Gabriela Daldegan; Tinhosa, by Rafael Cardim Bernardes; Filhos da Periferia, by Arthur Gonzaga (also selected for the national exhibition); Cavalo Marinho, by Gustavo Serrate; Benevolentes, by Thiago Nunes; He’s Saudade, by João Campos; Casa do Caminho, by Renan Montenegro; and Virus, by Larissa Mauro and Joy Ballard.

“There were 74 shorts and 17 features. We sought to choose films that dialogued with the premises of the Film Festival such as representation, social justice, new languages”, emphasizes Marcelo Santos.

* With information from Secec

On 11/11/2021

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