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The Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival will dedicate a tribute to Brazilian producers Luiz Carlos and Lucy Barreto.

It also aims to highlight French filmmaking — both industrial and creative issues — in a Focus France.

Festival runs slightly earlier than last year, Sept. 27 to Oct. 8.

The Barreto hommage will celebrate the fourtieth anniversary of L.C. Barreto, the production house created by Lucy and Luiz Carlos Barreto, plus Luiz Carlos’ 50 years of involvement in the film industry. Before becoming a producer, he worked as a d.p.

The Barretos’ productions range from “Barren Lives” in 1963 to the recent “White Dunes” and “Four Days in September.”

The Rio Fest’s Focus France will allow Brazilian producers and distributors to network with French talent and film execs, and focus on market issues via a series of seminars, said Rio Fest co-director Ilda Santiago.

The festival will also include a World Panorama of the best recent films, a focus on both new Latin American and Brazilian pics, and industry seminars and meetings.

It will once more host a series of screenings and workshops for young audiences under the Futura Generation Program banner.

Launched in 1999 through the merger of two Rio film fests, Mostra Rio and Rio Cine, the Rio fest has a large impact on the city — more than 135,000 tickets were sold last year.

It also serves as a launching pad for the Brazil’s still growing theatrical market, both for studio and indie fare.