Brazilian film fest kicks off in NYC

Resende's 'Zuzu Angel' is opening pic

The fifth annual Cine Fest Petrobras Brazil kicks off Sunday at New York’s Central Park summer stage where Joao Suplicy and the band AfroReggae will perform prior to the screening of opening pic, Sergio Resende’s “Zuzu Angel.”

Rest of the festival will take place at the Tribeca Cinemas, chosen for its accessibility to the strong Brazilian community residing in New Jersey. Touted as the largest Brazilian film fest on the East Coast, event will pay tribute to helmer-producer Roberto Farias and his nearly 50-year career in film. Farias is known for his pics “Assault on the Pay Train,” and “Tragic Jungle” (Selva Tragica).

Among the pics unspooling are : “The Greatest Love of All” (Carlos Diegues), “Money on the Side” (Bruno Barreto), “Unforgettable” (Paulo Sergio Almeida), “Urban Snap-Shots” (Miguel Falabella), “Cartola” (Lirio Ferreira and Hilton Lacerda) and  “Noel — The Samba Poet” (Ricardo Van Steen).

Brazilian oil firm Petrobras, the biggest investor in local cinema, again sponsors fest, which is screening 18 features and nine shorts from Brazil. Company invests $30 million a year in Brazilian production, exhibition and distribution.

Fest closes Aug. 12 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. As in previous years, the Cine Fest Petrobras Brazil will present the winner with a Crystal Lens Award. The ceremony will end with a concert by crooner Vanessa da Mata. No pic is slated to close the fest.

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