Scene from the Brazilian movie “Ballad of Return”

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will celebrate its 18th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 20th to 27th 2017, the festival will screen an international slate of over 350 films. The festival this year showcases  five different international Spotlight through the run of the eight days, and feature films from the Pacific Rim (Japan and China), Europe  (Sweden, France, Ireland, France, Italy and Germany), and Latin America (Chile, Mexico and Brazil).  The U.K. and Ireland also have their own spotlight this year.

Brazil will be represented with the feature film Ballad of Return (Original in Portuguese: Cancao da Volta), directed by Gustavo Rosa de Moura. The film is a regional premiere/west coast. After a failed suicide, a man’s wife leaves both him and their two children. Wracked by the impossibility of knowing fully the woman he loves, the man tries to set her straight and recover the relationship they once had. But his increasing jealousy and the unexpected discovery of her past torture him. Delve into this tense study of a marriage and a man falling apart. Boasting stellar performances, emotional visuals, and crafted storytelling, this marital drama will worm its way under your skin and into your veins.

The Brazilian Spotlight film will screen at 7:30pm on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660). As part of the Latino Showcase, a post-screening celebration will take place at 10pm at the Via Lido Plaza (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663). The evening will include several of Orange County’s top restaurants serving signature tastings, multiple DJs and live entertainment, with hosted bar by Stella Artois Beer and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

“The Festival is exceptionally proud to showcase such strong Latino cinema,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival. “We look forward to presenting compelling contemporary works of Brazilian filmmakers and hosting a sensational event that celebrates Brazilian art and culture.”

The Newport Beach Film Festival Latino Spotlight is presented by Univision 34 and KLVE-107.5 FM and supported by Via Lido Plaza, OC Weekly, Soul Brasil magazine, Para Todos Newspaper, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Brazil-California Chamber of Commerce, and the Consulate-General of Brazil in Los Angeles. Admission to the Brazilian Spotlight film and post party is $45.00. Post-screening party is $25.00/ Film screening is $20.00. For ticket and information please visit:

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