Brazil improves global profile

GNCTV expects to raise $1.5 to 2 mil

A traditional exporter of telenovelas, Brazil is gradually becoming a territory known for selling features.

Government-backed Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV (GNCTV), the leading exporter of Brazilian pics, this year expects to raise $1.5 million to $2 million from sales of local fare, up from $1.1 million in 2004, says GNCTV president Tarcisio Vidigal.

“My dream is to leave Cannes with total sales of $500,000. It’s ambitious, but doable,” Vidigal tells Variety.

Vidigal adds that the rise in the country’s pic exports is a result of Brazil’s production growth, which has increased steadily since 1991.

GNCTV will hold 23 screenings of 11 pics at this year’s Cannes. Those with healthy sales prospects include Vicente Ferraz’s doc “I Am Cuba, The Siberian Mammoth”; Bruno Barreto’s “Romeo and Juliet Get Married”; and Sandra Werneck and Walter Carvalho’s 2004 hit “Cazuza, Time Doesn’t Stop.”

Funny Balloons is the agent for Sergio Machado’s “Lower City” while U.K.-based Lumina Films is handling Marcelo Gomes’ “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures,” which will screen in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

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