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Largest Annual Showcase of Independent Brazilian Cinema in the U.S. Comes to Miami August 19-27

Produced by Inffinito Foundation, the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami to feature 25 features and 15 shorts during 9 days of screenings at Colony Theatre and Miami Beach Cinematheque

Festival to host U.S. Premieres of award-winning con artist caper VIPs, with Brazil’s No. 1
 box-office star, Wagner Moura, and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Fernando Meirelles, and Brazilian box-office hits Trap.com (Cilada.com) and Take It Easy (Muita Calma Nessa Hora),both starring actor-screenwriter Bruno Mazzeo

Career Tribute to honor Cinema Novo pioneer and legendary auteur Arnaldo Jabor and screen his
 first film in 25 years, The Supreme Happiness; retrospective to feature classic performances by
Fernanda Montenegro, Sonia Braga, Fernanda Torres, Marco Nanini and Paulo César Pereio

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MIAMI, Florida, U.S.A. – Inffinito Foundation of Miami, the premier independent promoter of Brazilian cinema and cultural arts around the world, today announced the official lineup of features, documentaries and short films scheduled to commemorate the 15th annual edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, the largest annual showcase of independent Portuguese-language films from Brazil presented in the United States. Premieres and screenings of 25 award-winning features and documentaries and 15 shorts will be held August 19-27. Entries will be eligible to compete for the Festival's Crystal Lens Awards for Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, among other juried categories. The Festival is the only exhibition in the U.S. that receives perennial support from Brazil's top public and private film production and promotion financiers, including oil giant PETROBRAS, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture's Audiovisual Secretariat and ANCINE (Agência Nacional do Cinema).

"To turn 15, it has a very special meaning in Brazil," explains Brazilian Film Festival co-founder Viviane Spinelli. "During that time, the Festival has come of age, just like the Brazilian film industry is coming of age, and our films, our directors and our stars are being embraced by audiences around the world."

During the past 15 years, the biggest names in Brazilian cinema have attended the Festival, including director Fernando Meirelles (City of God), actor Rodrigo Santoro (300, Carandiru) actor Selton Mello (To the Left of the Father, My Name Isn't Johnny), actress Andrea Beltrão (Time of Fear), actress Glória Pires (Lula, the Son of Brazil), actor José Wilker (Elvis & Madona), actress Lília Cabral (In Therapy) and directors Bruno Barreto (Four Days in September) and Fabio Barreto (Lula, Son of Brazil).

The 2011 Festival will feature performances and films by actor Wagner Moura, director/producer Fernando Meirelles and director Toniko Melo (VIPs); world-renowned singer/musician Caetano Veloso (A Night in '67) and samba queen Elza Soares (Elza); actor-screenwriter Bruno Mazzeo (Trap.com, Take It Easy); actors Marco Nanini and Maria Luisa Mendonça (The Supreme Happiness); actress Cleo Pires (Any Stray Cat); and actor Marcelo Serrado (Malu on Bicycle), among many others.

U.S. Media Contact: Dana Ballestero
press@brazilianfilmfestival.com
Telephone: + 1-305-244-9122