Brazil Film Fest opens November 27th

2014 Brazil Film Fest opens with Getulio

By Ingrid Coifman

In its 8th edition, Brazil Film Fest opens this Thursday, November 27th, at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, showcasing 11 Brazilian feature and documentary movies. “Getulio”, interpreted by Tony Ramos, depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas in the 19 days before August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda, one of the most important incidents in Brazilian history. With experience in documentary films, director João Jardim, who was nominated for an Oscar for Lixo Extraordinário, captures the contradictory figure of the political leader and nationalist dictator having Rio de Janeiro as a background. The shootings took place mostly in the Catete Palace, seat of the federal government at the time and where Getúlio killed himself. Showcasing a first-class cast (with actor Tony Ramos celebrating 50 years of career), Getulio is a political thriller and psychological drama. The stark photography of Walter Carvalho gives a claustrophobic tone to the film that also features the 50’s with all its fashion, hairstyles and golden era cars.

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Ingrid Coifman

Ingrid is a journalist who specializes in technology, economics, and tourism, having in her portfolio Culture TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.

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