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Barbieri’s ‘Maria’ to open Brasilia fest

Six films compete for the fest's Candango prizes

RIO DE JANEIRO — Renato Barbieri’s debut pic “As vidas de Maria” (Maria’s Lives) opened the 37th Brasilia Film Festival on Tuesday in the capital.

Event, which runs through Nov. 30, will include the II Brazilian Film Market.

Six films will compete for the fest’s Candango prizes, including “Peoes” (Blue Color), the doc shot during Brazil’s 2002 presidential race by vet helmer Eduardo Coutinho.

Other contenders are Sergio Goldenberg’s “Bendito fruto” (Blessed Fruit), Toni Venturi’s “Cabra cega” (Blind Goat), Tuna Espinheira’s “Cascalho” (Gravel), Alice de Andrade’s “O diabo a quatro” (The Devil by Four) and Joel Pizzini’s “500 Almas” (500 Souls).

Some 28 buyers from 13 countries will participate in the film mart, including reps of the Sundance Channel, France’s Canal Plus, Germany’s ZDF-Arte, the U.K.’s Channel Four and Italia’s RAISAT.

Buyers will have access to 68 features and 80 docs made in Brazil since 2002.

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