29 May, 2009

France and Brazil get closer through cinema

If in 2005 Brazil got culturally celebrated all over France, this year Brazil is paying homage to French movies, art, gastronomy, music etc, as part the “The year of France in Brazil” project. As cinema is concerned, many activities have already taken place and will throughout the year, especially in major cities like Sao Paulo (which actually has the best cultural circuit in Latin America) and Rio de Janeiro.

For the period between the 16th and the 25th of June, the second edition of the “Panorama do Cinema Francês no Brasil”(panorama of French cinema in Brazil) is being expected, with big French productions such as “Il y a longtemps que je t'aime”, from Philippe Claudel, “Paris 36”, from Cristophe Barratier, and “L'heure d'été”, from the darling French director Olivier Assayas.

Most of titles programmed in the festival will be exhibited this year in Brazilian movies, what is also an important measure inside the cultural exchange agreements planed for those special “French and Brazilian years” in both countries.

But the nice thing of this event is counting on the presence of important French film professionals like actor Vincent Cassel (photo), who has been love with Brazil and Brazilian cinema (he acted in “À deriva”, from Hector Dahlia, the Brazilian movie that competed in “Un certain regard”in Cannes this years) and also plays the protagonist in “L'ennemi public n°1” (included in the program). Its director, Jean-François Richet, will also participate in meetings organized with the public.

The sponsorship is Unifrance’s, responsible for promoting French cinema worldwide.

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