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​Elle Driver boards sales on Wagner Moura's directing debut 'Marighella' (exclusive)

“Because of the current moment we are experiencing in Brazil, this is a story that everyone wants to tell,” says Moura.

Elle Driver has acquired international sales rights to Brazilian Narcos actor Wagner Moura’s politically-charged biopic Marighella, ahead of its premiere at the Berlinale (Feb 7-17).

Set against the backdrop of Brazil in 1969, in the early years of the military regime that would remain in place until 1985, the film revolves around legendary revolutionary leader Carlos Marighella.

Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge, best known for his roles in City Of God and The Life Aquatic, plays a 57-year-old Marighella
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Rome Film Festival unveils line-up

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Rome Film Festival unveils line-up
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Seventh Code and Takashi Miike’s The Mole Song added to the competition titles.

The Rome Film Festival has revealed its line-up of features, including 12 world premieres among 18 competition titles.

The festival, which runs from Nov 8-17, will include 71 features in the official selection as well 11 medium-length films and 19 shorts.

A total of 1,542 features and 1,078 short films were submitted from 76 countries, according to the festival.

The competition (‘Concorso’) films include:

Wp = World Premiere

IP = International Premiere

ItP = Italian Premiere

Another Me, Isabel Coixet (Spain-uk) Wpi Am Not Him, Tayfun Pirselimoglu (Tur-Fra-Gre-Ger) WPForeign Bodies, Mirko Locatelli (Italy) WPDallas Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallée (Us) ItPSheep’s Clothing, Paulo Morelli (Brazil) IPAcrid, Kiarash Asadizadeh (Iran) WPHer, Spike Jonze (Us) IPBlue Sky Bones, Jian Cui (China) WPManto Acuífero, Michael Rowe (Mexico) IPThe Mole Song, Takashi Miike (Japan) WPOut Of The Furnace, Scott Cooper (Us-uk) IPQuod Erat Demonstrandum, Andrei Gruzsniczki (Romania) WPSeventh Code, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan
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Rio splits top prize between two

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Rio splits top prize between two
The 15th annual Rio International Film Festival winners were announced on October 10 at an awards ceremony held at the festival’s downtown Armazem 6 dockland pavilion.Scroll down for full list of winners

As in every year, the awards were exclusively for domestic films that screened in the Premiere Brasil section, dedicated to new work from local directors.

For the first time in festival history the most prestigious prize, the Redentor award presented to the Best Fiction Feature, was shared between two films, both from first-time directors: Caru Alves de Souza’s Underage (De Menor) and Fernando Coimbra’s Wolf At The Door (O Lobo Atrás da Porta).

Underage touches on a topical subject that divides Brazilian society about reducing the age of criminal responsibility for heinous crimes.

It follows the steps of a young woman, Helena (Rita Batata), a recently graduated attorney who works as a public defender of children and adolescents and also takes care of
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Rio unveils Première Brazil

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Rio unveils Première Brazil
Top brass at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival have revealed the 11 features and eight documentaries that will compete for the Redentor prizes.

The selection sees a healthy mix of first-time filmmakers up against established industry names from more than a dozen states including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Pernambuco, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba and Santa Catarina.

Last year’s top Redentor prize went to first-time filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s O Som Ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds), which earned the best film and screenplay honours.

Premiere Brazil 2013 full competition selection:


De Menor (Underage), dir Caru Alves de Souza (São Paulo);

Entre Nós (Sheep’s Clothing), dir Paulo Morelli (Sao Paulo);

Estrada 47 - A Montanha (Road 47 - The Mountain), dir Vicente Ferraz (São Paulo) – world premiere;

O Homem Das Multidões (The Man Of The Crowd), dir Marcelo Gomes & Cao Guimarães (Minas Gerais) – world premiere;

Jogo Das Decapitações (Beheadings Game), dir Sérgio
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This Week's Eye Candy: Meirelles' Nike spot

[/link]’s City of Men, which opened this weekend, is a spin-off which stems from 2003's City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles. São Paulo born Meirelles, who garnered three Oscar nominations for his breakthrough film about a host of characters growing up and struggling to survive in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, entered the business directing award-winning experimental films and commercial work–which he presently continues to do. This 2006 spot for Nike and the Asian games is reflective of Meirelles’ shooting and editing style, heavily employed throughout his body of work.: ...
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Weekend Rental: City of God

  • Brazilian export City of Men, about two young men putting themselves and their friendships to the test in a Rio slum, opens this weekend in select theatres. The film, directed by Paulo MorelliPaulo Morelli
[/link], is actually a spin-off of a TV series by the same title--which itself was a spin-off of the highly acclaimed, award winning international box-office hit, City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles. If you didn’t already manage to catch the 2002 film, expect a picture that is gritty, visceral, brutal; but always fresh, often stunningly filmed, and one that is ultimately hopeful in its telling of three decades in the life of a Rio ‘favella’, and the assortment of Dickensian characters who live and kill; rise and fall with its confines, and the tale of one clever and resourceful lad who manages to make it out of the ghetto. Make this priority as your weekend rental.
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Interview: Paolo Morelli (City of Men)

[/link]’s new film City of Men expecting it to be like Fernando Meirelles’ hyper violent, kinetic hit City of God. The film scales down the epic scope of its predecessor by focusing on the friendship of two boys Acerola and Laranjinha, who are about to turn 18. One already a young father they are about to discover things about their own fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas. The film is violent to be sure, but it’s the more intimate moments that were explored in the TV series City of Men that take center stage in this film. To recap the filming of the gang wars in Rio’s infamous favelas caught the attention of the film industry when a documentary was released concerning an ex-favela boy who had escaped to become a photographer.
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Exclusive: Pair of stills from City of Men

[/link]' Cidade De Deus (City of God) would evolve into the tragi-series that it has become. God was as we all remember a masterwork from Brazil and it then spawned a television series in 2004 going by the same title as the proposed sequel that is being released this coming leap day (February 29th). I caught City of Men earlier last week (see review Friday) and was reintroduced to the same blistering sun, a distinctly different geographical playground for crime and corruption, but this time in the hands of the writer/director Paulo Morelli (who came onboard this project back when it was the television show - directing and writer several episodes). Miramax Films has provided us with a pair of stills (click on the pics for a larger image). The top image details the king of the hill setting, a sort of perching point
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City of Men: Poster One Sheet

[/link] burst onto the world cinema scene it propelled Fernando Meirelles into filmmaking stardom (he has since worked on The Constant Gardener and will preem Blindness sometime next year) and it spawned a television series (which in turn has birthed a new film).Since January is a month that is generally filled with plenty of holiday films and Oscar bait leftovers, I question whether a Jan.18th slot is the right approach - but looking back to 2003 I realized that the first film was release almost on the exact same day, so regardless of the theater release-strategy that will be in use, I'm still keen on seeing the City of Men (view the trailer here) - its a sequel but not in a normal sequel type of way. Have the characters evolved into bigger thugs or has the violence mellowed down? Back in the game for a second outing,
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Miramax believes in 'God' and then 'Men'

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[/link] > Cidade De Deus For fans of the 2002 release Cidade De Deus (City of God) this is a very exciting week. Miramax Films has announced their purchase of the rights for the 2007 follow-up, City of Men. Unfortunaley for those hoping to see more of Rocket and Lil Ze, City of Men is not a sequel. The film is based on the characters of the Sundance Channel's "City of Men" show. While in the same setting, the film follows a different side of Brazilian life, but will still examine the same issues of survival, politics and loyalty. Paulo Morelli, director of some of the episodes, will helm this feature; Fernando Mereilles, director of Cidade De Deus, will produce. The question is - will City of Men will live up to City of God's reputation? With four Oscar nominations to compete with, hopefully City
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