The best of Brazilian films to foreign-film-loving audiences

Published 24/10/2019

The Brazil Film Fest is back for its 13th edition! The event will happen at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 1st to the 3rd with 12 productions to bring the best of Brazilian films to foreign-film-loving audiences; including appearances and discussions with award-winning actors, producers and directors.

OPENING NIGHT – November 1st, 6pm


The Festival kicks off with The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, featuring Fernanda Montenegro, considered by many the greatest Brazilian actress of all time, and the only Brazilian actress nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Central Station (1998).

Cannes Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Un Certain Regard Award, the film was also chosen as Brazil’s submission in the international feature film Oscar category.

Euridice, 18 and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters. They live at home, and each has a dream: becoming a renowned pianist, or finding true love. Because of their father, they are forced to live without one another. Separated, they will take control of their destiny, while never giving up on their hope of being reunited. A tropical melodrama from the director of Madame Satã.  Rio de Janeiro, 1950.

November 3rd, 21h15 pm


BACURAU is starring Sonia Braga, screening on November 3rd. Bacurau was the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.

 Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian countryside, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94 years old. After her death, Bacurau’s inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps and that they were sold as prey to bloodthirsty foreign hunters.

This year, audiences can expect to watch these two awarded films, and also productions such as the acclaimed Marighella, staring Seu Jorge and directed by Wagner Moura on the life of the politician and guerilla fighter Carlos Marighella, and the winner of the Film Awards; Socrates. Among the list of films for the 13th Brazil Film Festival, there is also: Divine Love, Los Silencios, The Patient, The Last Hours of Tancredo Neves, Simonal, and the documentaries Spread Memories Everywhere – Dorival Caymmi, Waiting for the Carnival; The Dead and the Others and Amazonia Groove.

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


In addition, an open discussion will be held with some producers, directors and actors, such as Leo Edge, the producer of Amazonia Groove and Bia Seigner, director of Los Silencios, who will be present at the festival. All films will be screened with English subtitles at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“The festival has grown this year. The recent Brazilian movie production has been exceptional, with two award winners in Cannes”, said Katia Adler, Festival Director. “Additionally, professionals from the two countries will meet with hopes of collaborating on new audiovisual co-productions and commercialization of the festival. Ten guests will be coming from Brazil to participate.”

Brazil Film Fest has begun in 2007 with the intent of showcasing the best productions in Brazilian cinematography.

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Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 35 years of experience in journalism and marketing. In April 2010, LML Communications & Marketing launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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