Magazine article Screen International

Rio Kicks off Tonight with World Premieres Including Orange Tree, between Valleys

Magazine article Screen International

Rio Kicks off Tonight with World Premieres Including Orange Tree, between Valleys

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The 14th Rio International Film Festival kicks off today with a balanced mix of international titles with homegrown features and shorts. The heart of the festival, however, will always be the Première Brasil programme, the only competitive section.

As in every year, this edition will be a showcase of the most-anticipated local films, which will be screened at the historic Odeon Petrobras cinema in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

12 fiction features will be in competition, including the world premieres of Marcos Bernstein's My Sweet Orange Tree, Philippe Barcinski's Between Valleys and Luiz Bolognesi's Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury.

My Sweet Orange Tree [pictured] is the second feature directed by Marcos Bernstein, who co-wrote Central Station, the movie that launched Walter Salles internationally in the late '90s.

After directing The Other Side of the Street, in 2004, Bernstein tells now the story of a six year old boy who lives in a fantasy world and see a tree as his great confidant.

Based on a successful children's book (translated into 16 languages and published in 19 countries), the film has already been bought by countries such as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Korea, Thailand and Turkey.

"Première Brasil has become over the years one of the most important showcases of national cinema. Not only to Brazil but also to other countries, which send their festivals and press representatives to Rio,'' says Bernstein.

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury is the first feature of Luiz Bolognesi, screenwriter of Birdwatchers (2008) and Brainstorm (2001). …

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