7th BRAZIL FILM FEST: from November 28th to December 1st, 2013

By Leila Monteiro Lins

Torontonians will be able to watch 11 great Brazilian films at the TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX at 350 King St West. All films will be English subtitled.

Among the many highlights of this year’s fest are two films directed by Brazilian director Breno Silveira: the Opening Night features GONZAGA, that was rewarded late on Wednesday (13), in the City of Arts of Rio de Janeiro – in the categories of “Best Feature Fiction Film”, “Best Director”,” Best Actor”, “Best Supporting Actor”, “Best Fitting fiction and “Best Sound”, in the 2013 edition of the Grand Prix of Brazilian Cinema (Best Brazilian Films of 2012) and ALONG THE WAY, which is based on songs written by Roberto Carlos.

The Brazil Film Fest will present the Brazil’s entries to the Oscars: the animated feature RIO 2096: A STORY OF LOVE AND FURY, winner of The Crystal for Best Feature Film 2013 at the animation equivalent of Cannes, the Annecy Animated International Film Festival. Also, Rio 2096 is one of the 19 films in contention for the Best Animated Feature; NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS, by Kleber Mendonça Filho, was named one of the 10 best films of the year by the New York Times and is Brazil’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film.

Additional selections of the fest include REACHING FOR THE MOON, winner of the Audience Award at 2013 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and THE UPRISING, a Brazil-Argentina production.

Rounding out the line-up will be family-friendly film TAINA; box office hit FOR SALE OR RENT; OLGA, the Brazilian nominee for Best Foreign Picture at the 2004 Academy Awards in a special screening co-presented with Toronto International Jewish Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, and European Union Film Festival; and documentaries SERRA PELADA: THE LEGEND OF THE GOLD MOUNTAIN andPASSINHO DANCE OFF.

Additional guests of the Brazil Film Fest include Sergio Sá Leitão (Secretary of Culture for the City of Rio de Janeiro and CEO of RioFilme) and Ricardo Cota (Communications Subsecretary of Rio de Janeiro State).



Brazil Film Fest will be screening 11 films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West. All films will be English subtitled. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $9 for children.

You can get your tickets by visiting the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office (located at 350 King Street West) daily from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, by calling the box office at (416) 599-8433 (locally) or 1-888-599-8433 (toll free). You can also obtain tickets at


Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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