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Brazil fest opens with ‘Romance’

Six pics to compete for Candango prizes

RIO DE JANEIRO — The 39th Brasilia Film Festival opened Tuesday in Brazil’s capital with the premiere of Manfredo Caldas’ doc “O romance do vaqueiro voador” (The Romance of the Flying Cowboy).

Six pics will compete for the Candango prizes. The fest, which wraps Nov. 28, features Brazilian pics and does not accept productions that premiered commercially or in other fests.

Critics’ favorite this year is helmer Claudio Assis’ “O baixio das bestas” (Valley of the beasts).

Vladimir Carvalho’s “O engenho de Ze Lins” (The Ingenuity of Ze Lins) features the life and work of novelist Jose Lins do Rego. Silvio Tendler’s “Encontro com Milton Santos” (Meeting with Milton Santos) is about the local geographer.

Doc maker Evaldo Mocarzel will premiere “Jardim Angela,” which is a portrait of youngsters of the impoverished neighborhood in the outskirts of Sao Paulo. “Jardim” replaces Julio Bressane’s “Cleopatra,” which was not finished in time for the fest.

The other two features competing for the Candangos are Helvecio Ratton’s “Batismo de sangue” (Baptism of Blood), about the country’s years under military dictatorship, and Carlos Cortez’s “Quero,” based on Plinio Marcos’ play about an orphan raised in the promiscuous atmosphere of Brazil’s largest port, Santos.

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