Selected for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, THE YEAR MY PARENTS WENT ON VACATION by writer-director Cao Hamburger was also selected for the 2007 Berlin Film Festival competition and the Audience Award winner at the Rio International Film Festival. The movie will open in New York on January 11 and Los Angeles on January 18, followed by a national release.
Set in the turbulent year of 1970, this poignant and humorous coming of age story thrusts twelve year-old Mauro (Michel Joelsas) into a maelstrom of political and personal upheaval. When his left-wing militant parents are forced to go underground, Mauro is left in the care of his Jewish grandfather’s neighbor in Sao Paulo. Suddenly finding himself an exile in his own country, he is forced to create an ersatz family from the religiously diverse and colorful population of his new neighborhood.
Mauro befriends tomboyish, street smart Hanna (Daniela Piepszyk) and develops a crush on Irene (Liliana Castro,) a pretty waitress in a local bar where everyone, including Mauro, an ardent soccer fan, gathers to watch iconic star Pelé in the 1970 World Cup championship which Mauro hopes to watch with his parents if they return to Brazil in time.
The movie is award-winning writer/director Hamburgers’s second film and is co-produced by Academy Award-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God andThe Constant Gardener) – 105 minutes, not rated, in Portuguese, Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles. Highly recommend.