The very first Brazilica Film Festival launches on Wednesday 1st July 2015, with twelve films celebrating Brazilian life and culture screening across various Liverpool venues until Sunday 19th July 2015.
Building on the success of film screenings that have taken place throughout Brazilica in previous years, this standalone Brazilica Film Festival is being created in associated with Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill. The whole film spectrum will be covered, with everything from comedy to drama, as well as some of the very best Brazilian documentaries and biographies. The majority of films will also be free to attend.
Opening the Festival on Wednesday 1st July at The Brink is football documentary Looking For Rio, following the story of four Brazilian football clubs and the intense rivalries between them, as well as the social context in which they came into being. Headed by Eric Cantona, the documentary also goes back in time to focus on the legend of the Carioca Football.
Other documentaries throughout the festival include Waste Land on Wednesday 8th July at A Small Cinema, a film that showcases the transformative power of art by following renowed artist Vik Muniz, and his collaboration with recycle pickers. And on Wednesday 15th at FACT there will be a screening of Cidade Cinza, a documentary looking at a new type of graffiti born in São Paulo, which received adoration from the public but scorn from city officials. Accompanying this film, and on show throughout the whole of the Festival, will also be a special Graffiti Art Exhibition at FACT, which features the style of graffiti on show in the documentary.
There will be plenty of dramatic features throughout the Brazilica Film Festival too, starting with Clenched Fists on Thursday 2nd July at Brazilica Barracão, a film about a group who hack traditional radio stations in order to attack the bourgeois, capitalistic society. Then the Oscar-nominated City of God, which depicts the growth of organised crime in the Rio de Janeiro suburbs and one boy’s struggle to escape this, will be screened at St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church on Thursday 9th. This will be followed by City of God: 10 Years Later at Frederiks on Monday 13th, a documentary filmed 10 years after the feature and which catches up with the film’s cast to take a look at whether culture and art can be a driver for social changes.
Also screening will be the charming comedy-drama The Ballroom on Sunday 5th July and the family comedy Cine Holliúdy on Sunday 12th, both at Brazilica Barracão. Two movie classics will also be showing as part of the festival, including The Night in Rio on Saturday 11th at the Museum of Liverpool and 1933’s Flying Down to Rio starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, showing on Tuesday 14th at St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church.
Closing the Festival on Sunday 19th July at The Brink will be the exciting crime adventure Trash, a film about three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump and soon find themselves on the run from the police, and which was nominated for this year’s BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
With even more films and events also taking place over the next three weeks, the very first Brazilica Film Festival looks set to be a brilliant one. So grab your popcorn, take your seat and enjoy an evening at the movies.
BRAZILICA FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday 1 July – Sunday 19 July 2015
Visit www.brazilicafestival.co.uk/brazilica-film-festival for more information.