20º- Brazilian Film Festival of Miami – 2016

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A Boyfriend for my Wife

2016 WINNER – BEST FILM PUBLIC CHOICE

In 2016, the Inffinito Festival Circuit celebrates 20 years! 20 years of Brazilian culture and films in the international market. To commemorate this very significant date, the curators were Inffinito founders and directors Adriana L. Dutra, Cláudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli who put together four programs: Braff Summer Series, Competitive Screenings, Special Documentaries and Brazilian Female Film Directors’ Screenings.

Braff Summer Series was comprised of monthly screenings at O Cinema Miami Beach of iconic movies previously showcased by the Inffinito Festival Circuit: June 16 - Four days in September (1998), by Bruno BarretoJuly 21 - World’s West End (2013), by Paulo Nascimento and August 18 – Transtime (2015), by Adriana Dutra.

The 20th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami kicked  off on September 17 with the US premiere of Enchanted (2014), Tizuka Yamasaki’s love story centered in the mythical world of the Caruanas, at New World Symphony – SoundScape Park. Director Yamasaki attended and received the Lifetime Achievement Tribute representing all Brazilian women in cinema. She began her career in 1974 as assistant director. In 1980 Tizuka debuted with feature Gaijin and has since maintained a constant and prolific career.

Festival continued from September 18 to 20 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque screening acclaimed productions Jonah presented by director Lô Politi, Marias by Joanna Mariani, Little Dictionary of Love 2 by Sandra Werneck (2016) a sequel of 1997 Brazilian Film Festival winner and Drop Dead Gorgeous by Cris D’Amato for the Brazilian Female Film Directors’ Screenings focusing on women’s audiovisual achievements with debates on women equality in contemporary society. Also screenings of: Police Complaint  by Thomas Portela and the documentary Geraldinos by Renato Martins and Pedro Asbeg.

The Competitive screenings  were hosted once again at the wonderful art deco-style Colony Theatre from September 21 to 24. Films in competition were premieres in Miami and represented a diverse panorama of the latest Brazilian productions. The comedy A Boyfriend for my Wife was presented by actress Ingrid Guimarães and director Julia Rezende. Also in the festival line-up greatly expected Chatô: The King of Brazil presented by director Guilherme Fontes, Campo Grande, Big Jet, Back and Forth, I’m Rich! presented by the actresses Samantha Schmütz and Fabiana Carla and Stronger than the World: The Story of José Aldo, based on the story of the Brazilian MMA Champion.

At the festival’s Closing Night the Crystal Lens Award was given to the film A Boyfriend for my Wife – best feature film voted by audience, followed by the screening of NISE: The Heart of Madness, presented by director Roberto Berliner and actor Fabricio Boliveira – the film was the winner of 2016 Best Film Public Choice award at the Cine Fest Brasil in Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

Inffinito Festival Circuit – No Limits For Brazilian Cinema.

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