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Brazil Animation Takes International Hue

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazilians ale abreu and Luiz Bolognesi, leading lights of Brazil’s vibrant animation scene, have teamed to co-produce “Voyagers of the Enchanted Forest” and “Immortals,” their respective next toon feature projects.

Move highlights the vitality and esprit de corps of a still-growing industry, thrust into the limelight by the Academy Award nomination for Abreu’s animated feature “Boy & the World,” which won Annecy’s Cristal Award. The previous year Bolognesi’s “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury” also won at Annecy.

The fruit of the alliance of Abreu’s outfit Filme de Papel with Bolognesi and Lais Bodanzky’s Buriti Filmes suggests complementary and common ambitions. “It gives us much more strength on the international market and brings continuity of employment to talented young Brazilian artists,” Bolognesi says.

There are other developments on Brazil’s toon scene. Sao Paulo’s film-tv production company Glaz and Rio-based »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Remembering National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Pêra

10 February 2016 7:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981),[1] a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old)[2] suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »

- Andre Soares

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Pablo Trapero To Direct Imposter Tale 'The Man In The Rockefeller Suit'

9 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mark Seal's book, "The Man In The Rockefeller Suit," is one that Hollywood has been trying to crack for a while now. At one time attached to Scott Cooper (before he would go on to direct "Out Of The Furnace"), Walter Salles was linked to the film way back in 2013 with his longtime collaborator Jose Rivera penning the script. Now, three years later, the project is back to life with another big name behind the camera. Read More: Venice Review: Pablo Trapero's Venice Silver Lion Winner, True Crime Tale 'The Clan' Pablo Trapero, the filmmaker behind "Carancho" and "White Elephant," and coming in hot off his gangster tale "The Clan" which will hit U.S. cinemas this spring, is now set to direct 'Rockefeller.' David Bar Katz has penned the script that tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born con man who for decades »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘El Clan’ Director Pablo Trapero to Helm Rockefeller Imposter Movie

8 February 2016 4:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Argentinian director Pablo Trapero will helm “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” for Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Trapero, who won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival last year for “El Clan,” will direct from the script from David Bar Katz, who adapted the book by Mark Seal. Donald De Line is producing.

“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.

Variety reported in 2013 that Brazilian director Walter Salles, whose credits include “Central Station” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” was in talks to direct “Rockefeller Suit.”

Trapero won a »

- Dave McNary

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Natpe: Brazil’s Globo, Argentina’s Daniel Burman Team for ‘Supermax’ (Exclusive)

18 January 2016 4:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV group, is for the first time ever bringing its huge production might to 100% Spanish-language production at Globo Studios, teaming with Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, to create TV series “Supermax.”

TV Azteca will broadcast “Supermax” in Mexico.

An adventure-thriller, “Supermax” will be unveiled to potential buyers at Natpe on Tuesday Jan. 19, on the market’s first day of trading. It weighs in as not only Globo’s flagship 2016 new series but also the first fruit of a new strategy that could see the Spanish-speaking TV world gaining a giant new production player.

On “Supermax,” this groundbreaking move sees Globo linking to prominent movie figures in the Latino film business. Director of 2003 feature film “The Lost Embrace,” that scooped Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler, Burman serves as “Supermax” showrunner/director, »

- John Hopewell

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