Brazilian culture comes to the Croisette

Lyons, Paris also stops for country's promotional tour

In Cannes for a six-day tribute to Brazilian cinema, the country’s culture minister, musician Gilberto Gil, is part of a roadshow promoting Brazilian arts.

Gil said Brazilian arts celebrations would continue through the year in Lyons and Paris. “It’s not only the culture minister but the foreign ministry, the tourism ministry and the commerce ministers designing programs to promote Brazil,” Gil said before a beachfront party Monday.

Tribute, coinciding with the 40th anni of Glauber Rocha‘s “Deus e o diabo na terra do sol” (Black God, White God), runs through Thursday.

Gil also confirmed he hopes to step up TV and telco coin for the Brazilian film industry through new legislation. His hope is to generate an audiovisual law next year that also will involve Brazilian phone companies.

A former protest singer-songwriter who led the tropicalia movement with Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa and Jorge Ben in the ’60s and ’70s, Gil is balancing his culture minister duties — he was appointed in 2002 — with touring and recording. Besides appearing at the gargantuan Lisbon edition of Rock in Rio later this month, he has a 15-date tour through Europe in July and expects to make his next WEA album in 2005.