16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival


The Festival will Spotlight a major Brazilian Film followed by a Gala Celebration of Latino Film, Food and Culture on Wed April 29th starting 7.30pm.

025The Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 16th annual Brazilian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Brazilian cinema and culture and part of the Latino Cinema Spotlight that will be featuring films of Chile and Mexico as well. The Brazilian Spotlight will screen the regional premiere of the Brazilian feature film, Farewell (A Despedida).

Inspired by a true story, Farewell is a dramatic look into the life of Admiral (Nelson Xavier), a 92-year-old man who decides that the time has come to say goodbye to those that mean the most to him, including his 37 year old lover (Juliana Paes). Director Marcelo Galvao has been awarded Best Director at the Gramado Film Festival for his work on the film, where both Paes and Xavier earned awards for Best Actress and Best Actor for their performances. The film has taken home awards for Best Cinematography as well as additional nominations for Best Sound and Best Feature.

024“The Festival is exceptionally proud to showcase such strong Latino cinema,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival to Soul Brasil Magazine. “We look forward to presenting compelling contemporary works of Latino filmmakers and hosting a sensational event that celebrates Brazilian art and culture”, added Schwenk. The film will screen at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660). The post-screening celebration will take place at 10:00 p.m. at the Via Lido Plaza (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663) and will include live entertainment with multiple DJs and performance by Capoeira Batuque of Irvine, select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, and a open bar hosted bar by Stella Artois Beer, Rémy Cointreau and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

The Newport Beach Film Festival Brazilian Spotlight is supported by some important media outlets and organizations based in Southern California such as Soul Brasil Magazine Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce, BDCi, Hoy Magazine, OC Weekly, Sofia!, and LatinEscapes.com. Admission to the Brazilian Spotlight film and post party is $45.00 (Post-screening party is $25.00/ Film screening is $20.00 if buy separated). For ticket and information please visit: www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

About The Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. The 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs from April 23rd to April 30th and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world including films from Mexico, Chile and Brazil in the Latino Spotlight Film & Post-Party Celebration on Wed, April 29th.

Brazilian Spotlight Event Contact:
Lindenberg Junior

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