Cinema do Brasil launches pix-in-post, project showcase

BUENOS AIRES — “The Mountain” and a trio of pics from top Brazilian producers o2 Filmes, Gullane and Dezenove will play at the 1st Boutique Cinema do Brasil.

A Brazilian pix-in-post showcase, the Boutique event runs Dec. 4-8 in Pernambuco in north-east Brazil.

Helmed by Vicente Ferraz (“I Am Cuba: the Siberian Mammoth”), Brazilian-Italian co-prod “The Mountain” turns on Brazil’s bitterest World War II campaign, the Battle of Monte Castello.

Among other movies screened in rough-cut, Paulo Morelli and son Pedro Morelli direct friends reunion drama “The Sheep’s Clothing.” Paulo Morelli is a longtime collaborator at Fernando Meirelles 02 Filmes.

Produced by Sao Paulo’s Gullane, first-timer Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” turns on the three major suspects in a kidnap case. Dezenove will unveil Lina Chamie’s “Best Friends,” about a man whose soul brother dies.

The six pix-in-post lineup is completed by Guilherme Fiuza’s fantasy drama, “The Boy in the Mirror,” and Hilton Lacerda’s “Tattoo,” set in a 1978 Brazil emerging from dictatorship.

Cinema do Brasil is also highlighting six projects in development. These include Roberto Moreira’s chiller “Fear Therapy,” part of Brazil’s rapidly building genre scene.

The Boutique screenings bows as Cinema do Brasil launches its initial Sales Agents Support Program. Scheme will award up to five sales agents with $40,000 each for the promotion of a Brazilian film at 2013’s Berlin, Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian festivals and 2014’s Sundance.

Backed by Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian trade and investment promotion agency, Boutique’s attendees include Pyramide’s Eric Lagesse, Rezo’s Laurent Danielou, Zsuzsi Bankuti from The Match Factory, Elle Driver co-topper Adeline Fontan Tessaur, Fortissimo’s Nelleke Driessen and Wild Bunch’s Juliette Favreul Renaud, Cinema do Brasil said.

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