For the first time, the competitive screening selection has three Brazil-United States co-productions: one feature and three short films. The films will show online in the US at www.inff.online – the first international streaming platform, launched this year by Inffinito, dedicated exclusively to Brazilian audiovisual. In addition to online exhibitions, with all CDC protocols in place, those in New York and Miami can attend in-person Festival outdoor screenings and events.
The festival’s opening night in New York presents Dom Salvador Samba Jazz Sextet in concert at the SummerStage in Central Park on September 4th at 8:30 pm – a partnership with City Parks Foundation. Dom Salvador, Salvador da Silva Filho, is a Brazilian instrumentalist, arranger, and composer who lives in NY since 1973. He plays piano at the River Cafe among concerts and recordings. Some consider him responsible for changing the course of Brazilian music and for adding some soul to Roberto Carlos’ songs in the 70s. The beauty, rhythm, and sounds of African American musicians’ soul genre. The documentary “Dom Salvador & Abolition” by Artur Ratton and Lilka Hara tells his story, which is unknown to the Brazilian public. The film will screen at 7:00 pm, shortly before his concert.
Awards and Jury: The Competitive Screenings’ films will compete for the Crystal Lens award in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Photography, Best Actor, and Best Actress categories. In addition, the Best Documentary has a separate award. Actress Betty Faria is the chair of the feature film jury. Also, in the jury, actress Camila Morgado, the screenwriter and visual artist Luiz Dolino, film critic, screenwriter, curator, and cultural director journalist and content producer Lorenna Montenegro and John Maass, filmmaker, and lawyer. For the Documentary Competitive Screenings, the jury is composed of photographer Maritza Caneca; filmmaker and actor Luciano Vidigal; Flavia Azeredo, linguistics, culture, and cinema professor; and Bianca De Felipes, producer and distributor of films and series. In addition, the audience elects the popular vote award winner in the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, and Best Short Film categories.
Canal Brasil Tribute: In Brazil, in addition to online screenings, the public will watch a unique selection on TV. As part of the 25th Inffinito Film Festival anniversary celebration, Canal Brasil will present, in prime time (on Saturdays and Sundays, between September 4th and 26th, at 10 pm), the iconic productions awarded by the festival throughout its journey. The selection includes the titles: The Quartet (09/04), Stomach – A Gastronomic Story (09/05), The Kiss (2018) (09/11), João, O Maestro (09/12), Raul – The Beginning, The End and The Middle (09/18), The Patient – The Tancredo Neves Case (09/19), Loki – Arnaldo Batista (09/25) and Urban Snap- Shots (09/26).
Check out the 25th Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival lineup below: Presential Screenings | New York and Miami:
Sept 4 – SummerStage in Central Park, NY – free admission
6:00 PM – Screening of short film The Orphan, by Carolina Markowicz
7:00 PM – Screening of Feature Film Dom Salvador & Abolition, by Artur Ratton and Lilka Hara
Sept 10 – North Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach
7:00 PM – Screening of Sidney and Magal, the Man and the Artist, by Joana Mariani
Sept 11 – Regal South Beach, Miami Beach
7:00 PM – Love Spell, by Caroline Okoshi Fioratti
9:00 PM – Silence of the Rain, by Daniel Filho
Sept 12 – Regal South Beach, Miami Beach
7:00 PM – Valentina, by Cássio Pereira dos Santos
9:00 PM – Jaguar Man, by Vinicius Reis
Sept 14 – Florida International University, Miami – free admission
5:00 PM – The Mother of All Struggles, by Susanna Lira
Sept 18 – SoundScape Park New World Center, Miami Beach – free admission
8:30 PM – Neojiba – Music That Change Lives, by Sergio Machado and George W. Torres
For the Competitive Screening: Fiction, Documentary and Shorts, visit inff.online.
ABOUT INFFINITO BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL
A pioneer in the promotion and dissemination of Brazilian cinema in the international market, the Inffinito Brazilian Film Festival held, over the last decades, events, exhibitions, and film festivals in cities such as Miami, New York, London, Vancouver, Rome, Milan, Frascati, Madrid, Barcelona, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Canudos and Bogotá. In 87 editions of the festivals, the circuit has more than 1200 films shown to an audience of more than 2 million people, thus creating a strong relationship with the consumer of the Brazilian audiovisual product abroad. Inffinito’s pioneering spirit is also reflected in the digital world, with the creation of the first online platform for Brazilian cinema: www.inff. online, launched in 2020.