The pic is big, but not big enough; historical, but not exactly accurate; and the extra stuffing, which made "Mysteries" a treasure box of discoveries, here feels merely undigested.
Brazil's economic boom is encouraging local producers to focus on their home market, and Brazilian auds seem to be in the mood to laugh.
Risk has not been a factor in Brazil's highly subsidized, modern-pic production sector, as filmmakers usually fund their projects and pay themselves through the country's generous incentives.
Spanish pics making the intl. scene run the gamut of genres and range from sleeper auteur films to movies with strong blockbuster potential. Here's a sampler of what's coming up.
Twentieth Century Fox's "Date Night" scored a narrow victory this weekend at the domestic B.O.
First-time helmer Chico Colvard chronicles his siblings' incestuous plight and his father's crimes.
One of Brazil's top hit-making producers has launched her own shingle, with five projects already under way.
Native talent, fest faves fuel Brazil's film slate
A low-structure, high-involvement Brazilian free-for-all destined to take its place among hellish prison films, "Carandiru" plants a fist in the viewer's stomach not so much with violent images, but…