Rome meets Rio on opening night

Brazilian event opens festival

ROME — The Rome Film Festival will celebrate Brazilian cinema this year and kick off in style with a lavish carnival-like event in the city’s huge Piazza Navona being prepared by multi-tasking musician Arto Lindsay.

Rome’s October 22 opening-night extravaganza in the central piazza, site in antiquity of a Roman circus, will feature dozens of dancers, singers, drummers and other artists bringing the Brazilian vibe to the Eternal City.

As for films, 10 works by Brazilian helmers will unspool in Rome’s Focus on Brazil sidebar, including local hit “Out of Tune,” a love letter to Bossa Nova by Cinema Novo helmer Walter Lima Jr., San Paolo-set “The Sign of the City,” by Carlos Alberto Riccelli, and “Coracao Vagabundo,” a docu on Caetano Veloso by young helmer Edoardo De Andrade.

The Rome fest’s third edition will run Oct. 22-31.

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