Jennifer Parker
* Photos by Livia Wippich

From April 27th to April 30, the 4th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival was held at the Landmark Theatres at the Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, attracting hundreds of cinema and Brazilian culture lovers. The Opening Night on April 27th featured the screening of "Teus Olhos Meus" (SoulBound"), a film by Caio Soh followed by a reception. The film was the big winner, receiving the award for the best feature film, best actor (Emilio Dantas), best actress (Paloma Duarte) and best soundtrack (Maria Cadu), among other awards. 

The LABRFF presented more than 30 titles among feature films, short and documentaries. The Festival also presented workshops and panel discussions such as "Copyrights and Finance in Brazil" and had the presence of Rio’s Convention Center, executive director, Mr. Paulo Fenisi, that spoke about Rio as a great option for international film production location and the infra-structure for the 2016 Rio’s Olympic Games. The festival attracted celebrities from Brazil, such as Rodrigo Santoro and Daniela Goulart, among others. 

A special revelation award was given for young director Kaya Verruno for his film "Na Sombra da Linha Verde" (Shadows of Green Line), an excellent feature film made in Bahia, with low budget and a local Bahian crew. Filmmakers Melise Maia (Speechless) and Cesar Raphael (Peace of Paper) shared the award for best short and the premium of R$10,000 in credits offered by Estudio Quanta. The short films also bring a particularity with the film "A Vidente" (The Psychic) from director Darcyana Moreno Izel, featuring a crew of local Brazilians living in Los Angeles. 

Nazareno Paulo, the festival director and founder said, "This year we had filmmaker Fernando Meireles as the festival curator, and it helped us to show new films featuring new young talents, while preserving the high quality of cinema. To find out more about the festival or to keep updated with the moves for the 2012 edition, visit www.labrff.com. Soul Brasil magazine is proud to support and in part, co-sponsor the LABRFF since their first edition in 2008. 


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