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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Presents a Brazilian Film Festival

Screenings at FAU Boca Raton, Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, and Broward and Palm Beach County Libraries

            BOCA RATON , FL (March 21, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University will present the best in Brazilian film in its Brazilian Film Festival, “Fome de Film: A Retrospective of Brazilian Cinema,” held Friday, April 4 through Saturday, May 3.   Film screenings and lectures will take place at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, at Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, and at Broward and Palm Beach county libraries.     The festival will include everything from historical documentaries to popular favorites, and all films have English subtitles.   All film times and locations can be found at www.fau.edu/artsandlettersnews.

            “For the festival’s fifth anniversary, we thought it fitting to celebrate one of the most significant film industries in Latin America by presenting the cinema of Brazil,” said Luis Duno-Gottberg, director of the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU.   “The films are diverse in their aesthetics, themes and genre, ranging from experimental to road trip, love story to violent, pop culture to historical narrative. Festival goers have the opportunity to screen some prominent well-known films, such as the Academy Award-nominated City of God, as well as smaller, cornerstone films such as Limite and Macundima, rarely seen outside Brazil.”

            The festival will open with events on the Boca Raton campus, all of which are free and open to the public.   On April 4 at 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception along with a concert with “Brazilian Voices.”   This Brazilian vocal group, made up of about 40 women, presents a wide range of music genres.   The reception and concert will take place in the Sean Stein Pavilion in the Barry Kaye College of Business Building. The following week, on Friday, April 11, there will be two lectures in the Performing Arts Building, room 101.   At 5 p.m., Steve Butterman of the University of Miami will present “Brazilian Film in Historical Perspective.”   Butterman will be followed by Robert Stam, professor of cinema studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York, who will present “From Revolution to Resistance: Alternative Aesthetics in Latino, Latin American and Brazilian Audio-Visual Media.” Film screenings at FAU will be held in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, and will continue through Sunday, April 20.  

            Events at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale will start with a reception on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m.   This reception will feature food from Chima Restaurant, and the cost is $25 for the general public, $20 for BACCF members, and $15 for FLIFF members and FAU faculty, staff and students.   Screenings at Cinema Paradiso will run from Saturday, April 5 through Sunday, April 13 and are all free.

            Films at the Broward County Main Library run from Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10.   Films at the Palm Beach County libraries run from Saturday, April 19 through Saturday, May 3 and they will be held at the main library in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Gardens library and the branch in Delray.   Library screenings are all free.

            The Brazilian Film Festival is presented by FAU’s Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.   Additional sponsors include Cinema Paradiso; the Broward County Libraries; the Palm Beach County Libraries; Infinito Production; the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami; Chima Brazilian Restaurant, as well as the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Department of Languages and Linguistics and Comparative Literature and its Spanish Program, and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; and the DeSantis Center in FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business.

            For further information, contact Luis Duno-Gottberg at 561-297-0612 or lduno@fau.edu, or go to www.fau.edu/artsandlettersnews.

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