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iW NEWS | Rio de Janeiro Fest Announces Programme

iW NEWS | Rio de Janeiro Fest Announces Programme

Running September 25 to October 9, 2008, Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival will present over 350 films selected from 60 countries at over 30 different venues across the city. The festival will open with Bruno Barreto‘s “Last Stop 174,” based on the story a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro. It was this week announced as Brazil’s foreign language Oscar entry. Other films include Latin premieres of Woody Allen‘s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” Francis Ford Coppola‘s “Youth without Youth,” Joel and Ethan Coen‘s “Burn After Reading,” Pablo Trapero‘s, “La Leonera,” Mike Leigh‘s “Happy Go Lucky,” Madonna‘s “Filth and Wisdom” and Kim Jee-woon‘s “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” The festival will also dedicate one special section to the work of director Derek Jarman and another to the Taviani brothers. For the first time festival headquarters will move from its usual Copacabana Beach setting to Rio’s historic city centre with its Pavilhao do Festival (Festival Pavilion) situated at the Galpao de Cultura e Cidadania. The move is intended “to show the festival’s endorsement of Rio’s inner-city regeneration programme which has been put in place to revitalize areas of the city greatly in need of re-urbanisation.” [Peter Knegt]

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