In an unprecedented celebration of Brazil's internationally nascent cinema scene, Cinema Tropical presentsJaneiro in New York, a mini-festival featuring the theatrical releases of highly acclaimed films during January and February, 2008.
Film production in Brazil has jumped to over 60 feature films a year, and directors from this South American country are of late receiving a new level of acclaim on the international film festival circuit. Recent productions such as Elite Squad / Tropa de Elite—which is directed by José Padilla and is to be released in the U.S. in the first semester of this year by the Weinstein Company—not only have become box office sensations in Brazil, but also are reaching a broader, international audience.
One of the key figures in the revitalization of Brazilian cinema is the filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener), who is co-producer of two of the three films comprising Janeiro in New York. Like Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), he is known for supporting his country's most promising projects, particularly those of young filmmakers.
Salles, also a producer of City of God, was one of the producers of noted director Karim Aïnouz's film Love for Sale / O Céu de Suely, one of the Brazilian films to have a theatrical release here in late 2007, along with Tata Amaral's Antonia. 2008 an 2009 promise to continue the wave of exciting Brazilian cinematic offerings, including Salles' Linha de Passe and Bruno Barreto's (Dona Flora and Her Two Husbands, Four Days in September) new film Last Stop 174, a fiction based on the story of the infamous Bus 174 incident.