Distributors distinguished for handling Brazilian films

PARIS

Portugal’s Alambique and France’s Damned Distribution are the winners of the first Distributors’ World Cup, launched by Brazilian promo org Cinema do Brasil to award outstanding achievements in the international distribution of Brazilian films.

As a prize, execs from both companies will be invited to Brazil for a night at the Rio Carnival, which starts Feb. 8.

Damned won for its distribution of “Swirl,” a portrait of rural myths co-directed by Helvecio Martins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina, and produced by Dezenove Som e Imagens; and the drug-rave scene set “Artificial Paradises,” the feature debut of “Elite Squad” producer Marcos Prado, co-produced by Zazen Prods. and Globo Filmes.

Alambique drew attention with its handling of “The Famous and the Dead,” Esmir Filho’s coming-of-age feature debut, again produced by Dezenove, and the Zencrane-produced culinary revenge drama “Estomago — A Gastronomic Story,” another notable debut, from Marcos Jorge, which swept the Rio festival.

The Distributors’ World Cup is supported by Apex Brasil.

Alambique and Damned execs will meet producers when visiting Brazil. Cinema do Brasil will back new business sparked by these meetings, said CDB chairman Andre Sturm.

In a second phase of the World Cup, three distributors will win tickets for the Brazil-hosted 2014 FIFA soccer World Cup tourney and the two top distributors will also be awarded $30,000 for P&A on Brazilian films.

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