The Festival in September 2017 will continue its 21-year tradition of screening the most recent productions from Brazil in Miami welcoming residents and visitors to access the Brazilian culture through films. From 1998 “Cinema on the Beach” to the screenings at the New World Symphony SoundScape’s park, supported by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Miami Beach and the Cultural Affairs Council the event has consolidated a solid and successful format throughout the years.
In 2017 the anticipated Opening Night in collaboration with the New World Center at the SoundScape Park on September 16 is the highlight of the Festival with a free admission screening of “João, o maestro” (2017) by director Mauro Lima about João Carlos Martins, a Brazilian pianist and orchestra conductor, celebrated as one of the greatest interpreters of Bach. The New York Times wrote, “Maestro Martins has lived a life of renown, challenge, tenacity and triumph sufficient to fill a lively memoir”.
The Festival will present four special programs – On September 13th at 7 p.m. the Miami Dade College MAGIC Auditorium will host a free admission screening of Boy and the World, a 2016 Oscar nomination for Animated Feature Film. From September 17th to 19th, Miami Beach Cinematheque will have for the first time a program dedicated to Latin American productions and will also host the screening of Cinema Novo (2016), by Erik Rocha, best documentary award at Cannes. At Savor Cinema, the former Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, the Festival brings among other films the highest Brazilian grossing comedy film of all times My Mom Is A Character II (Minha mãe é uma peça II) (2016), by Cesar Rodrigues, winner of the 17th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, Indigo Child (Menina Indigo) (2017), by Wagner Assis and Behind the Sky (Por trás do céu) (2016), by Caio Sóh.
From September 20th to 23rd, the Competitive screenings will be held this year at Regal South Beach 18 & IMAX. Among the films in competition representing a diverse panorama of the latest Brazilian productions are: Real (Real, o plano por trás da história) (2017), by Rodrigo Bittencourt, David Schurmann’s Little Secret (Pequeno Segredo) (2016), Toni Venturi’s The Divine Comedy (A Comédia Divina) (2017), Flavio Tambellini’s Glory and Grace (A Glória e a Graça)(2016), The Other End (Fala Comigo) (2016), by Felipe Sholl, best film and best actress awards winner of Rio Film Festival, Seeing you (De onde te vejo)(2016), by Luiz Villaça, one of the last works of late actor Domingos Montagner and BR 716 (2016), by Domingos de Oliveira, best film, director, soundtrack and supporting actress awards winner of Gramado Film Festival.
At the festival’s Closing Night the Crystal Lens Award will be given to the best feature film voted by audience followed by the screening of Elis (2016), by Hugo Prata. The life of Elis Regina, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian voice of all time, is told in this biopic film with energetic and pulsating rhythm.