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The 67th Berlin Festival looks set to go down in history for marking Latin America’s coming of age. Sporting 21 features in Competition, Panorama and Forum, Berlin’s 2015 Latin presence — comprising movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal — outranks Asia (20) and North America (15). Including all of Berlin’s official sections and Co-Production Market, Ibero-America boasts 63 films, 49 of them features, its highest movie count in memory.
Brazil leads the charge. Though lacking competition players, it has four films in Panorama, including its opener, Lirio Ferreira’s oneiric tale of impossible love “Blue Blood.” Five more works and two installations play Forum or Forum Expanded.
Berlin has always embraced Brazil, and Latin America in general. Wieland Speck, head of the Panorama, which focuses on international cinema, and Christoph Terhechte at the Forum, which frames younger filmmakers, both visit Brazil annually.
- John Hopewell
Director: Stephen Daldry; Screenwriter: Richard Curtis; Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15
Brazil has been thrust into the spotlight of late thanks to last year's World Cup and its forthcoming Olympic Games in 2016, but look past the sunny samba beat and you'll find a country overrun with corruption. It's this Brazil that provides the backdrop for Stephen Daldry's Trash, a fleet-footed adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel.
Daldry's film, adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis, follows three Rio street kids - Raphael, Gardo, and Rato - as they stumble across a wallet that leads them on an adventure that could pull them out of poverty. Hot on their heels are bent officials, led by cop Frederico Gonz (Selton Mello), who won't hesitate to turn violent in pursuit of their goal. The decay runs high up into Rio's authorities, »
It’s only a couple of days into 2015 and already fans have been treated to two major milestones on the TV calendar with the debuts of both Agent Carter and Lee Daniels’ Empire. To say those are the least of this year’s small screen goodies is an understatement: thanks to the successes of gigantic TV event shows over the past few years money has been flowing more steadily back to the supposedly lesser little brother of cinema, and the results are a packed roster of delights.
And the good news is it’s not all Ryan Seacrest and America’s Funniest Brain Injuries: even without the usually more eye-catching announcements of the Fall/Winter schedule, the strength of upcoming projects is simply phenomenal. Not only will superheroes make even more of an impact on the small screen and Netflix, but there will be massive returns for some »
- Simon Gallagher
3 items from 2015
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