The Festival will Spotlight a Major Brazilian Film Followed by a Gala Celebration of Latino Film, Food and Culture on Wed, April 27th, 2016


Image_SBWeb_2016_Abril 20_Newport FF_2The Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 17th annual Brazilian Spotlight, an evening celebrating Brazilian cinema and culture. The Spotlight will screen the regional premiere of the Brazilian feature film, The Violin Teacher, directed by Sérgio Machado and stars Lazaro Ramos, Sandra Corveloni, Tais Araujo, Fernanda de Freitas, Hermes Baroli, Kayque Santos and Elzio Vieira.

The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the Osesp orchestra is forced to give music class to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis. His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students opens the doors into a new world.

“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 Brazilian Spotlight film will screen at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 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, live entertainment, a special performance by Orange County Aerial Arts, hosted bar by Stella Artois Beer, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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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