In 2003, the Brazilian film City of God sent tremors throughout the international film community, pulling down four Academy Awards, becoming the highest grossing foreign film in America, and earning a spot in Time Magazines top 100 films of all time. More importantly, the flick served as a catalyst to increase interest in the Brazilian film industry, paving the way for lesser known, but equally deserving films to make their way stateside.
In celebration of Brazils significant contributions to international cinema, the College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University has themed its fifth annual Latin and Caribbean Film Festival around the countrys films. Fome de Film: A Retrospective on Brazilian Cinemawill showcase the top films from Brazil, starting with an opening reception and concert by Brazilian Voices Friday at 6 p.m. at the Sean Stein Pavilion, Boca Raton Campus (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Film screenings and lectures will continue on campus until April 20; Broward and Palm Beach County libraries will also show films until May 3. For a complete list visit www.fau.edu/artsandlettersnews.
The fest will also extend to Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale) beginning on April 5 with a screening of City of God. Wednesday night at 8 p.m., you can also check out one of Brazils most influential documentaries, Bus 174, a recounting of a Rio de Janeiro hostage crisis that unfolded on a city bus. Paradiso will show films each night through April 13; all screenings are entirely free. Visit www.fliff.com.
Wed., April 9, 2008