This past Wednesday, at Hollywood’s iconic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, the fourth edition of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival opened with a screening of the film Heleno, directed by José Henrique Fonseca and starring Rodrigo Santoro.
Though big productions are also part of the festival, its mission this year focuses on indie film making as it will also be honoring visionary producer Sara Silveira. Known as ‘the Godmother of the New-Brazilian Cinema’, Silveira’s production company Dezenove Som e Imagem has produced some of the most successful indie Brazilian films in the past 20 years.
Highlights of the festival are the documentary Look at Me Again directed by Claudia Priscilla & Kiko Goifman and the American premiere of award-winning auteur Cláudio Assis’ Febre do Rato (Rat Fever), produced by Julia Moraes. Continuing Assis’ investment in exploring narratives from characters that live in the margins of society, and the subversive nature of their survival, Febre do Rato will be the festival’s closing movie, screening Sunday, June 10th at 9:00pm. Full schedule here.