British Cinema to take centre stage at Rio Film Festival

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This year’s Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival is set to pay homage to the UK film industry, marking the Olympic handover from London to 2016 host city Rio de Janeiro. The internationally acclaimed festival, which kicks off today, will celebrate the Great British cinema with a four day film showcase.
Organised together with the British Council, the UKBrasil Season as it is titled, at this year’s Rio Film Festival presents a strong line-up of contemporary UK feature films including new work from major talents like Michael Winterbottom (Trishna) and Julien Temple (London – The Modern Babylon), with striking debuts from Rufus Norris (Broken’)and Sally El Hosaini (My Brother The Devil), and newly commissioned ‘Olympic shorts’ including films by Mike Leigh (A Running Jump) and Lynne Ramsay (The Swimmer).
Before the European premiere of Great Expectations in London on 21 October, the British Council will be launching their ‘Transform’ programme at the Rio Film Festival with a gala screening of the new Charles Dickens adaptation by Mike Newell. ‘Transform’ programme aims to build a powerful, comprehensive and enduring cultural partnership between Brazil and the UK through an innovative four year programme of various events and exchanges.
Another highlight of this special UK program is the open-air Copacabana Beach screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1926 silent film, ‘The Pleasure Garden’ on 4 October. Restored as part of a landmark restoration programme by the British Film Institute’s National Archive, the classic will be shown with a brand new soundtrack by young UK composer, Daniel Patrick Cohen and played live by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Ensemble.
Leading names from the UK film industry will be present at the festival. Famous English actor Jeremy Irons and British film director Roland Joffé are among those guests who have already confirmed their attendance at the festival.
Over 15 days, the 14th Rio Film Festival will put on show 400 films chosen from over 60 countries with screenings in more than 30 different venues spread across cinemas, arenas, and city spaces. Everyone will be able to watch the most keenly awaited new films, discover rarities, vote for the best in the Première Brazil competition section, and take part in debates and special sessions.

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