Brazil brings samba beat to Cannes

Rio Film Festival provides elegant evening

CANNES — True to its image, the Rio Film Festival served up an soiree of suave sensuality Tuesday at the Grand Hotel Plage.

Brazilian and Latin toppers mixed with U.S. specialty distribs and, after dinner, swayed to samba sounds, deejayed by festival co-director Ilda Santiago.

The elegant evening marks the growing international profile of the Rio Film Fest since it was formed from the merger of Mostra Rio and Rio Cine in 1999.

Execs at the dinner party included Sony Pictures Classics’ Tom Bernard, Capitol’s Jane Barclay, Fox’s Tony Safford, Conspiracao’s Leonardo Monteiro de Barros, Grupo Novo’s Tarcisio Vladigal, Zebra’s Antonio Saura and Natasha Kucic.

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