Brazil

Post-Carnival, How Will 'The Sessions" and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Fare? on February 12, 2013

the_sessions.jpgCarnival, which ends today, has dominated Brazil for four days. Now that the country is sobering up and headed back to work, two U.S. films will test their luck at the Brazilian box office. The choices are an odd fit: this weekend's new releases are the paraplegic sexual drama The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, and Kathryn Bigelow's epic and serious terrorism thriller Zero Dark Thirty. As neither fit with the national mood of the last week, the test for the two adult films will be to see if they serve as smart counter-programming to a country with a hangover, or a total buzzkill. Carnival is often a box office boost. In 2012, the box office bumped 10.8% at the end of the festival with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance driving away with the top spot. 

Spike Lee Shooting Documentary in Brazil on February 11, 2013

spike_lee.jpgSpike Lee (Do the Right Thing) is in Salvador, Brazil this week shooting footage for his upcoming documentary Go, Brazil, Go! His visit is timed to Carnival, the week-long national celebration that shuts down much of the country. In addition to filming revelers, Lee has also sat down with the Mayor of Salvador, Antonio Carlos Magalhaes Neto, and singer Ivete Sangalo. Lee has been working on the documentary for 10 months and has already interviewed soccer star Neymar, musician Caetano Veloso, and rapper Criolo, and plans at least four more visits to the country before Go, Brazil, Go! debuts in Cannes in 2014, just before the start of the World Cup in Brazil. 

Hansel and Gretel Holds Firm in Brazil on February 10, 2013

hansel.pngBrazilian audiences have a sweet tooth for Hansel and Gretel. The Jeremy Renner fantasy flick held on to the #1 slot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, raking in an estimated $2 million over the weekend, only a slight dip from the $2.5 million earned last weekend. Hansel maintained its edge despite several new debuts on the charts, including the Denzel Washington drama Flight ($807K) and the 3D adventure cartoon, Tad, The Lost Explorer ($1 million), which this December became the highest-grossing cartoon in history in its native Spain.  

Brazilian Government Outlays More Cash to Win Coveted Film Festival Slots on February 08, 2013

Following reports that Brazil was giving a $40K stipend to sales agents to promote Brazilian films at international festivals comes the announcement of an even more ambitious plan. Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ANCINE, the national film advocacy group, have launched the project Encontros com o Cinema Brasileiro (or "Encounters with Brazilian Cinema"), a group that will finance flying representatives from 12 major film festivals -- Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, San Sebastian, IDFA, Shanghai, BAFICI and Rome -- to Rio de Janeiro to watch Brazilian films in the hopes that some will be selected to screen around the globe. reps will also meet with local directors and producers, providing what the press release calls an "immersion in Brazilian cinema today." Explained ANCINE CEO Manoel Rangel, "It is crucial for any national cinema, with respect to its visibility and international penetration, be strategically well represented in this group of festivals." Brazil sets aside .85% of its federal budget to support the arts. In comparison, the United States outlays .066%

'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' Crosses $10 Million in Brazil on February 06, 2013

Despite competition from four new releases -- A Haunted House, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables and Gangster Squad -- the Paramount fairy tale thriller held on to the top spot on the Brazilian box office this weekend and broke through the $10 million mark in its second week of release. Full box office chart for the weekend below: 

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$2.5M

$10.2M

2

2

A Haunted House

$877K

$877K

1

3

Silver Linings Playbook

$857K

$857K

1

4

Les Miserables

$738K

$738K

1

5

Lincoln

$636K

$2.2M

3

6

Django Unchained

$609K

$4.2M

2

7

De Pernas pro Ar 2

$560K

$22.6M

6

8

Wreck-It Ralph

$354K

$19.9M

5

9

Gangster Squad

$297K

$297K

1

10

Life of Pi

$186K

$13.4M

7


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