12th BRAZIL FILM FEST TORONTO November 1st to 4th, 2018

 Great films with a tropical flavour!

By Leila Monteiro Lins | Published 20/10/2018

The twelfth annual Brazil Film Fest is returning to Toronto’s glamorous TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX from November 1st to 4th. This year’s program features ten recent national productions (fiction) and four documentaries.

The opening film is “Loveling”(Benzinho) – photo.  This is a not to be missed story about the courage and strength of motherhood. With the backdrop of a struggling everyday low-income family, this drama unfolds two bittersweet milestones for Irene and her husband Klaus. Their eldest son is leaving sooner than expected to join a professional handball team in Germany. Meanwhile, Irene plans a graduation party for herself, finally earning her high-school diploma.

All films will be screened with English subtitles at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Working with culture today isn’t easy, much less creating a festival, but it’s the right moment to persevere and I am thrilled to continue the Brazil Film Fest Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Most of the films haven’t yet been screened in Canada and the festival presents itself as a great opportunity for the public to watch these incredible films in a unique setting.” Katia Adler, Festival Director Brazil Film Fest began in 2007 with the intent of showcasing the best productions in Brazilian cinematography.

For more information about programming and to purchase advanced tickets visit:


Thursday, November 1st 

 6:30pm – Opening night
LOVELING (Benzinho) Presented by actress and scriptwriter Karine Teles

– Gramado Film Festival 2018: Audience Award and Critics Award – Brazilian Competition; Best Actress – Karine Teles; Best Supporting Actress: Adriana Esteves
– Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2018: Best Iberoamerican Film; Special Critics Award

8:45pm: LIFE IS A BEACH (Como é Cruel Viver Assim)
directed by Julia Rezende. Presented by Mariza Leão.

Friday, November 2nd

4:00pm: PARIS SQUARE – FEAR’S ANATOMY (Praça Paris)
directed by Lucia Murat.

6:30pm: MOVIE OF MY LIFE (O Filme da Minha Vida)
directed by Selton Mello.

9:00pm: SÃO PAULO EM HI-FI (São Paulo em Hi-Fi)
directed by Lufe Steffen. Presented by Gilson Packer

Saturday, November 3rd

11:00am: COME ON , MOM! (Fala Sério, Mãe!)
directed by Pedro Vasconcelos. Presented by Arthur Schwartz

2:00pm: EX-SHAMAN (Ex-Pajé)
directed by Luiz Bolognesi

4:00pm: SOMEWHERE TO GO (Para Ter Onde Ir)
directed by Jorane Castro. Presented by Jorane Castro

6:30pm: BINGO – THE KING OF THE MORNINGS ( Bingo – o Rei das Manhãs)
directed by Daniel Rezende

9:00pm: GOOD MANNERS (As Boas Maneiras)
directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

Sunday, November 4th

2:00pm: FEBRUARIES (Fevereiros)
directed by Marcio Debellian

4:00 pm: MARIA, DON’T FORGET I COME FROM THE TROPICS (Maria, não esqueça que eu venho dos trópicos)
directed by Francisco C. Martins and Elisa Gomes. Presented by Elisa Gomes

6:00pm: LIQUID TRUTH (Aos Teus Olhos)
directed by Carolina Jabor

8:20pm: Closing night
(Antes que eu me esqueça)
directed by Tiago Arakilian

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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