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‘Dog’s Words,’ ‘Memory,’ ‘Nise’ World Debut at Premiere Brasil

13 features compete in the section, centerpiece of the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival

Marcos Jorge’s “In Dog’s Words,” Ruy Guerra’s “Oblivious Memory” and Roberto Berliner’s “Nise – The Heart of Madness” will world preem in Premiere Brasil, the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival’s centerpiece section.

Screening new works from both established and emerging directors representing a broad spectrum of Brazil’s cultural themes and regions, Premiere Brasil marks a standout annual global showcase of contemporary Brazilian cinema.

“Words,” “Memory” and “Nise”all play in the the feature film section of Premiere Brasil, which also hosts the world premieres of Alberto Graça’s Lisbon-set erotic romancer “Beatriz,” co-produced by MPC & Associados with Portugal’s Filmes do Tejo, and Marina Person’s coming-of-age drama “California,” a Ventana Sur 2014 Primer Corte player, produced by Sao Paulo’s Mira Filmes, and acquired by Brazilian distrib Vitrine Filmes.

Further feature length fictions at Premiere include Ives Rosenfeld’s friendship drama “Hopefuls,” winner of Locarno’s 2014 Carte Blanche; Sandra Kogut’s “Campo Grande,” a Films Distribution pickup that world preems in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema; plus Venice and Toronto contender, Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull,” sold by Memento Films Intl,.

Thriller “Dog’s Words,” about a dogcatcher whose life spins out of control when he inadvertently nabs a dangerous cop’s dog, is produced by Globo Filmes, Migdal and Zencrane, and bows Dec. 3 in Brazil, distributed by Paris.

Writer-helmer Marcos Jorge snagged film and director awards at Rio’s Premiere Brasil in 2007 with his feature fiction debut, acclaimed revenge drama “Estomago: A Gastronomic Story,” in what was an early highlight of pic’s fruitful international fest career.

“Oblivious Memory,” another Globo Filmes co-production, this time with Brazilian director Ruy Guerra’s shingle Kinossaurus Filmes, chronicles the story of a journalist who receives a package that could only have been mailed by his father, but the father died many years ago.

“Memory” marks the return to feature film by well-known Brazilian auteur Guerra, one of the fathers of Brazilian Cinema Novo, twice a Berlin Silver Bear award winner, thanks to 1963 social drama “The Guns” and its 1978’s sequel, “The Fall.”

Documaker Roberto Berliner’s first fiction feature, “Nise – The Heart of Madness” is a biopic of Brazillian psychiatrist Nise da Silveira, who started in the 1950’s a radical revolution to treat schizophrenic patients with affection and art.

Produced by TV Zero, one of Brazil’s most go ahead film and TV international co-producers, whose recent credits include Julian Temple’s “Children of The Revolution,” “Nise” featured last year at Locarno’s pix-in-progress Carte Blanche.

In total, 13 feature films, seven documentaries and 10 short pics will be up for the jury’s consideration in Premiere Brasil, the only competitive section at Rio Festival.

The 17th edition of the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival runs Oct.1-14.

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