newport The ninth annual Newport Beach Film Festival happened last April 24 – May 1, 2008 and has showcase more than 400 films from around the world, offering an ambitious and international selection of feature length narrative, documentary, short and animated films. The famous Film Festival in California has presented its annual Latino Showcase Event on Sunday, April 27. The Latino Showcase Event offered a trio of feature films, including the Brazilian film Stray Dog (Cão Sem Dono), followed by a gala reception. The Brazilian film “Stray Dog” is Co-directed by Beto Brant and Renato Ciasca. It is a drama in Portuguese with English subtitles and narrates an encounter between Ciro (Julio Andrade) – a recent literature graduate who goes through an existential crisis marked by skepticism and lack of plans, and Marcela (Taina Muller), an ambitious young model beginning her career who completely devotes herself to her job, thus postponing the accomplishment of any dream. Based on the novel “Até o Dia em que o Cão Morreu” by Daniel Galeria, the film is an acute observation of the nature of a romantic relationship. Stray Dog has won numerous Brazilian awards, including Best Film, Best Actress and the Special Critic Award at the 2007 Recife Cine PE Audiovisual Festival and Best Actress at the 2007 Cuiaba Film and Video Festival.

The event happened at the Edwards Island Cinema, located at 999 Newport Center Drive in Fashion Island with a Gala reception featuring Latino inspired cuisine, cocktails and music at the Orange County Museum of Art, in the same city. Midia-Sponsored by Soul Brasil Magazine, the Gala event featured fine local cuisine from Brazilian restaurant Amazon Churrascaria, libations from Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Latino themed take-home bags. More info:

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