Now in its sixth year, the Festival du Film Brésilien is aimed at introducing local cinema audiences to new aspects of Brazil.
The Festival du Film Brésilien programme reflects a multitude of cultural, aesthetic and ecological issues and employ widely different approaches to storytelling.
There are eight films on the programme, including two with English subtitles.
Roberto Berliner’s critically acclaimed “Nise--O Coracao da Loucura” is a real-life drama that follows the efforts of doctor Nise da Silveira (played by the great Gloria Pires). She pioneers a revolution in psychiatric treatment in Brazil in the 1940s but ends up fighting the medical establishment in the process.
“O Prefeito” is Bruno Safadi’s third feature film. It is a comedy in which Nizo Neto stars as an ambitious freshly-elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro. Wanting to make history, he resolves to declare independence from Brazil.
There is also a family film without dialogue. “Amazonia” is a dramatised documentary that follows the adventure of Saï, a capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity, finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle following a plane crash.
Audiences enjoy a great atmosphere at the festival and there are plenty of other films, subtitled in French, worth catching throughout the 10 days.