TV Globo turns skeins to features

Pics' helmers, cast, scribe will be same as tube shows

RIO DE JANEIRO — Local leading net TV Globo’s theatrical arm Globo Filmes and producer-distrib Europa Filmes will co-produce three pics based on shows from TV Globo, which are due to open next year.

The pics are Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s “A grande familia” (A Great Family), Mauricio Farias’ “O julgamento do seculo” (The Trial of the Century) and Jose Lavigne’s “Hoje e dia de Maria” (Today Is Maria’s Day). Directors, cast and writers will be the same as the TV shows.

“Ten months after the theatrical release, the films will show on one of (TV Globo’s sister company) Globosat’s pay TV channels, most likely Canal Brasil. TV Globo will air the films 24 months after the theatrical release,” says Globo Filmes’ executive director Carlos Eduardo Rodrigues.

“Family” is based on the highest-rated sitcom in Brazil.

“Trial” will be based on the highly-rated humorous sketch show “Casseta & Planeta,” airing on TV Globo since 1992. The show has already spawned a feature, Lula Buarque de Hollanda’s “A taca do mundo e nossa” (The World Cup Is Ours), which opened in 2003.

“Maria’s Day” will actually be a re-edited version of the first season of the series, which aired on TV Globo in January.

“In the case of ‘Today Is Maria’s Day’ we will be following the same successful model of ‘The Dog’s Will,’ ” Rodrigues says. “Dog’s Will” also aired first on TV Globo and was later re-edited and theatrically released in 2000. Despite the fact that it had already aired on free-to-air TV, pic sold 2.1 million tickets and is the 14th largest local pic in the past 15 years.

The features will be produced at TV Globo’s Rio production center Projac, the largest in South America. Europa has theatrical and homevideo/DVD distribution rights. Globo Filmes and Europa will split production costs and not tap money from the country’s film incentive systems, a rare occurrence for a local production.

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