An overview of projects on offer, including Cannes selections and those still on the horizon:
THE ART OF LOSING
Director: Bruno Barreto
Production: LC Barreto, Goldcrest
The Pitch: The true, 1950s-set love story of Pulitzer-winning Yank poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota Macedo de Soares. Lensing in Sept.
BACH IN BRAZIL
Director: Ansgar Ahlers
Production: Conspiracao, Forseesense
The Pitch: A retired music teacher (“The White Ribbon’s” Ulrich Tukur) reboots his life in Brazil. German and Latin American distribution are under discussion.
Director: Selton Mello
Production: Bananeira, Mondo Cane
The Pitch: Local star actor Mello helms his second arthouse drama. Clown in crisis. Starring Mello and vet Paulo Jose. Imagem opens in Aug.
Director: Vicente Amorim
Production: Mixer, Downtown, Globofilmes, RioFilme
The Pitch: “Good” helmer’s take on the conflict within Brazil’s immigrant community after Japan’s surrender in World War II. Downtown opens in Oct.
Director: Toni Venturi
Production: Olhar Imaginario, Aurora
The Pitch: A drama featuring local telenovela stars Leandra Leal and Caua Reymond. Imagem opens in June in Brazil.
FEBRE DO RATO
Director: Claudio Assis
Production: Parabolica, Bela Vista
The Pitch: The latest from local enfant terrible Assis is an acid art pic set in Brazil’s northeast. In post. Imovision to distribute in Brazil.
Director: Kiko Mistrorigo
Production: TV Pinguim, Gullane, RioFilme
The Pitch: Family animation based on Brazilian skein that debuted on Discovery Kids and aired in 62 countries. RioFilme to release in Brazil in 2013.
Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Production: Dezenove, Caixote
The Pitch: A housewife opens a grocery. Brazil’s Un Certain Regard rep, pic marks feature debut of two vet Cannes shorts helmers. PoliFilmes releases in Aug.
Sales: Urban Distribution Intl.
Director: Jose Henrique Fonseca
Production: RT Features, Goritzia
The Pitch: Biopic of local 1940s bon vivant soccer star Heleno de Freitas features Rodrigo Santoro. In post. Downtown to release this year.
I´D RECEIVE THE WORST NEWS FROM YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIPS
Directors: Beto Brant, Renato Ciasca
Production: Drama, RioFilme
The Pitch: Amazon rainforest-set love triangle. Sony/RioFilme open in the 2H11.
THE MAN FROM THE FUTURE
Director: Claudio Torres
Production: Conspiracao, Paramount, Teleimage, GloboFilmes, Lereby
The Pitch: Time-traveling romantic comedy starring Wagner Moura. Par has blockbuster hopes for Sept. release.
Director: Vinicius Coimbra
Production: Prodigo, RioFilme
The Pitch: Debut from the assistant director of Walter Salles’ “Central Station” is based on a short story by Guimaraes Rosa. RioFilme to release in 2012.
Director: Andre Ristum
The Pitch: Sao Paulo-set Brazilian-Italian family drama stars Rodrigo Santoro. A fest candidate for late 2011.
Director: Vicente Ferraz
Production: Tres Mundos, Primo, Verdeoro, Stopline, RioFilme
The Pitch: Human drama set against Brazil’s Monte Castello World War II campaign. In post.
MY BIG BIG FRIEND
Director: Andres Lieban
Production: 2DLab, RioFilme, Breakthrough
The Pitch: Family animation based on highly-rated Brazilian-Canadian toon series. RioFilme to release locally in 2013.
MY SWEET ORANGE TREE
Director: Marcos Bernstein
The Pitch: Upscale coming-of-ager from “Central Station” scribe Bernstein.
Sales: Elle Driver
ON THE ROAD
Director: Walter Salles
Production: Video Filmes, MK2, American Zoetrope, Film4
The Pitch: Exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this Jack Kerouac adaptation pre-sold impressively. In post, with major fest dates likely.
Production: El Desierto
The Pitch: Admired auteur Reis (“Praca Saens Pena”) returns with a family bereavement drama. Shooting in Sept.
Sales: FiGa Films
Director: Breno Silveira
Production: Conspiracao, Fox
The Pitch: Road movie from the director of local blockbuster “Two Sons of Francisco.” In post. Fox has Latin America rights.
Sales: Fox Intl. Prods.
THE SILVER CLIFF
Director: Karim Ainouz
Production: RT Features
The Pitch: Screening in Directors’ Fortnight, a wife is abruptly abandoned by her husband in this drama inspired by Chico Buarque’s song.
Director: Chico Abreia
Production: Tambellini, RioFilme
The Pitch: Blockbuster hopeful about Eder Jofre, the only non-U.S. boxer to make the Hall of Fame. 2013 release.
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Production: Revolution, Dor Film, Fidelite, 02 Filmes
The Pitch: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins topline this romantic ensembler written by Peter Morgan.
Sales: Wild Bunch
Director: Marcelo Machado
Production: Bossa Nova, Revolution, Mojo Pics
The Pitch: Powerful producers team on docu-feature about Brazil’s ’60s art-music movement. Fest berth likely.
TUDO BOM, TUDO BEM
Director: Willy Biondani
Production: Bossa Nova
The Pitch: Lyrical Brazil-set comic road movie marks debut of the “Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures” co-writer.
Director: Cao Hamburger
Production: O2, Globofilmes
The Pitch: Adventure biopic of the Villas Boas brothers was lensed in Xingu reserve with 250 native extras. Columbia/Downtown release Aug.
Rio production runneth over | Indies’ screen shot | Brazilian co-prods boom as int’l partners get real | Brazilian bonanza
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