Brazilian cinema highlighted at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, International Film Festival Rotterdam)

Data: 15/01/2019

The Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) is considered one of the largest in the world and highlights works directed by new filmmakers. In addition to the official section, it also presents retrospectives and thematic sections.

This year, in its 48th edition, which will take place between January 23 and February 3, Brazilian cinema will be represented with several productions. In most of IFFR editions, Brazilian cinema has been playing an important part of its selection. Last year, in 2018, 12 Brazilian productions were part of the official selection and 3 of them came back home holding one of IFFR awards.

In the official competition, known as Tiger Competition, will be two feature films: In the Heart of the World, by Gabriel Martins Alves and Maurílio Martins, produced by Filmes de Plástico, which was also part of the selection of films presented during Boutique Cinema do Brasil in 2018; and Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them, by Chilean Camila José Donoso, a co-production with Brazil (Bubbles Project) and other countries.

In the Bright Future section, which features a selection of discoveries of the future, all films are created by original and renowned directors bringing their own styles and visions to the international recognition of these young filmmakers. Here, Brazil stands out with: the documentary Fabiana, by Brunna Laboissière; The Yellow Night, by Ramon Porto Mota (Vermelho Profundo)Bring me The Head of Carmem M., by Felipe Bragança (Mariola Filmes) and Catarina Wallenstein; and co-production with Chile, Historia de mi nombre, by Karin Cuyul.

Meanwhile, in the sections Bright Future Premieres and Bright Future Selections, which will show feature films out of competition, the Brazilian cinema appears with three films: While We Are Here/Enquanto estamos aqui, by Clarissa Campolina and Luiz Pretti, produced by Anavilhana; Your Bones and Your Eyes, by Caetano Gotardo, co-produced by Leonardo Mecchi, from Enquadramento Filmes; Tarde Para Morir Joven, by Dominga Sotomayor, a co-production between Chile, Brazil (RT Features) and other countries.

In the Deep Focus section, it will bring the cinema of veteran Humberto Mauro – in a documentary of the same name, directed by André di Mauro and film Caminhos Magnétykos, a co-production of Bando a Parte and Persona Non Grata Pictures, with Dominique Pinon and Ney Matogrosso in the cast.

Soul in the Eye
This year, the IFFR launches Soul in the Eye, which is part of the Perspectives section, where Brazilian black cinema will gain prominence. This section will celebrate the new generation with a series of long and short films that deal with the theme of the Afro-Brazilian heritage.

CineMart – Co-production Meeting

In addition, Filmes de Plástico will present the project And My Eyes Keep Smiling, directed by André Novais Oliveira in CineMart – the program that invites filmmakers and producers to present their projects to film professionals in individual meetings and presentations open to guests. Filmes de Plástico has also In the Heart of the World, in Tiger Competition.


In Limelight section, which showcases films that will be released in the Dutch cinemas by the end of the year, the Argentinean Rojo, by Benjamín Naishtat, is a co-production between Brazil (Desvia), Holland, France and Germany.

Rotterdam Lab 

For the second time, Cinema do Brasil is partner with Rotterdam Lab, which has selected 60 producers from 29 countries. This year, Cinema do Brasil will support participation of Patricia Barbieri from Prana Films, who will be attending this 5-days workshop during the IFFR. The Rotterdam Lab programme includes round-table sessions with key experts, workshops on topics such as marketing strategies. This year, a workshop about international film market strategies with Marika Kozlovska (Cinema Do Brasil International Consultant) is also part of the extensive programme.

IFFR Unleashed | 30 years of Hubert Bals Fund

HBF is celebrating 30 years and, in order to celebrate their anniversary, they have launched a collection of films available on IFFR VOD platform named IFFR Unleashed. Among those films there are several Brazilian films available. For further information, please, check it HERE.

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