Magazine article Screen International

Rio Market: Co-Production Partners Show First Footage of Rouge Bresil

Magazine article Screen International

Rio Market: Co-Production Partners Show First Footage of Rouge Bresil

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The $11m epic set during the French expedition to Brazil in the 16th century is being produced by France's Pampa Films, Brazil's Conspiracao Filmes and CD Films from Canada and marks the first TV project for Rio de Janeiro's investment and p&a fund RioFilme.

In what is being called one of the biggest co-productions ever made in Brazil, Rouge Bresil is being put together in association with France Televisions 2, Globo Filmes and RioFilme, which is investing $500,000. Caixa Seguros and BNDS are co-financing and the project also has the support of Filme Rio, the Rio Film Commission.

The France-Brazil-Canada production stars Sweden's Stellan Skarsgaard and Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida alongside Brazil's Gisele Motta, Pietro Mario and Roberto Birindeli.

Canadian Sylvain Archambault is directing the adaptation of Jean-Christophe Rufin's bestseller about two children brought to Brazil by the French to learn the indigenous language and act as interpreters for the colonists.

While there is cinematic potential, Rouge Bresil is primarily being configured as a TV production and will air in Brazil through TV Globo as five 40-minute episodes and go out in France, where Televisions 2 holds rights, and remaining territories as two 100-minute telefilms.

RioFilme retains feature rights and CEO Sergio Sa Leitao, who attended a press conference with Pampa founder Nicolas Traube, Conspiracao's Ricardo Rangel and de Almeida, said the producers would take a view on its wider theatrical viability at a later stage. …

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