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Brazilian Film Week at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - September 22, 2009

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine, Centre for Language Learning (CLL) will host a Brazilian Film Week showcasing some of the best Brazilian films that have been produced recently.  

The Brazilian Film Week will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October, 2009. The Film Week is intended to showcase the creative wealth of the Brazilian film industry, to provide interested persons with further exposure to Brazilian culture and lifestyle, and to promote Brazilian Portuguese language learning.

The event is open to the general public, except the opening night, which will be by invitation only. All movies will be shown with English subtitles.For more information, please contact Vanessa Williams, Centre for Language Learning at or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3896; or 662-0758; or Paulo Medeiros, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Brazil at or 622-5771 or 740-3474.

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7.15 p.m. screening of “Behind the Sun” – (Drama/2002/95 min) Direction: Walter Salles.

Synopsis: Set in the desert landscape of the Brazilian Northeast, “Behind the Sun” tells the story of a young man ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, assassinated by a rival family. Torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against a tradition of violence, he comes into contact with a new perspective that may offer a way out of his dilemma. Nominated for the Golden Globes and by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for best foreign film and masterfully directed by award-winning Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries).



7.15 p.m. screening of “Romance - The Movie” – (Drama/2008/105 min) Direction: Guel Arraes

Synopsis:  In this remarkable story of and about love, two young actors fall in love during rehearsals for the classic play “Tristan and Iseult.” While recreating and experiencing the story of this mythical couple, whose plot is retold with slight variations, they try to come up with their own manner of connecting, one that is less tragic and more open, but equally charged with the tension and emotion brought about by a great love.



5.30 p.m. screening of “Elite Squad” – (Thriller/ 2007) Direction: José Padilha

Synopsis:  Winner of the Golden Berlin Bear 2008, this much talked about masterpiece is a story of two childhood friends who decide to enlist for a Special Operations Squad whose mission is to take down the drug-lords who plague the city. Both men struggle to survive, facing the daily challenges of dealing with pressure at home and fighting an unnamed war on the streets. This story brings a welcome sociological perspective that has rarely had the chance to be presented.



5.30 p.m. screening of “Lisbela and the Prisoner” – (Comedy/2004/106 min) Direction: Guel Arraes

Synopsis: Set to marry fiancé Douglas in a month, Lisbela appears to spend most of her time at the movies with her sweetheart. She suddenly grows disinterested in the handsome if hick-like Douglas and has her heart stolen by traveling showman and con man Leléu. Leléu’s raffish charms are undeniable, but he is not for a moment the sort of fellow who would hook a nice bourgeois girl like Lisbela.  A wacky comedy by one of Brazil’s most promising directors.  



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