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fev 02, 2018
Creative Industries

Brazilian films selected for 2018 Sundance Festival

For the first time in the history of Brazilian cinema, two homegrown films have been selected to dispute the renowned Sundance Festival, arguably the most prestigious independent cinema award in the world. "Loveling" and “Rust” have both been chosen to contest the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, alongside titles from China, Denmark, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The festival will be held between January 18 and 28, in Park City, Utah.

"Loveling” (in Portuguese: “Benzinho”) is directed by Gustavo Pizzi, best known for his 2010 film "Craft”. It tells the story of Irene (Karine Teles), who is coming to terms with the departure of her son Fernando (Konstantinos Sarris), who is leaving for Germany to become a professional handball player. Set in the towns of Petrópolis and Araruama, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, the cast of “Loveling” is full of some of Brazil's best acting talent, such as Adriana Esteves and Mateus Solano.

Lead actor and co-screenwriter Karine Teles was once married to the director, and the couple were inspired by their own personal experience to make this film.

The cast of "Rust” (in Portuguese: “Ferrugem”) is headed by teenage actors Giovanni De Lorenzi and Tiffany Dopke, who play young couple Renet and Tati, and deals with the consequences of young people having sensitive images of theirs leaked at school. It is the latest film of north-eastern Brazilian director Aly Muritiba, whose last feature-length production "Para Minha Amada Morta” won him the award for Best Director at the 2015 Brasilia Festival for Brazilian Cinema.

Brazil is also represented in the festival’s World Cinema Documentary Competition, with "The Cleaners” (dir: Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block) being a joint production between Germany and Brazil. The documentary explores the secret industry of the removal of data from the internet, known as digital cleaning.

According to Variety, this is Brazilian cinema’s golden age. Until now, Brazil had never had more than one film disputing the World Cinema Drama competition at Sundance, an indication that Brazilian cinema is becoming more and more renowned around the world.

In 2015, Anna Muylaert's “The Second Mother” (in Portuguese: “Que horas ela volta?”) won the Sundance Special Jury award for acting. The festival honored Regina Casé and Camila Márdila, who played the film’s lead mother and daughter roles. At last year’s Sundance Festival, Felipe Bragança's “Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!” (in Portuguese: “Não devore meu coração”) was also selected to contest the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.