Magazine article Screen International

'A Ciambra', 'Patti Cake$' Producer: "Our Main Goal Is a Theatrical Experience"

Magazine article Screen International

'A Ciambra', 'Patti Cake$' Producer: "Our Main Goal Is a Theatrical Experience"

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RT Features CEO Rodrigo Teixeira talks working on a host of festival favourites.

Rodrigo Teixeira has built a name for himself championing acclaimed low-budget features such as Robert Eggers' The Witch and Geremy Jasper's Sundance hit Patti Cake$, which is screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival in Directors' Fortnight.

The Sao Paolo native moved into film-making from finance a decade ago, prompted by the desire to work in an industry he had loved ever since he started devouring US cinema as a child.

Although his financial background gave him good business experience, Teixeira wasn't happy. "I didn't feel connected with that world," he explains.

Teixeira, who is an avid reader, started buying the film, TV and stage rights to novels by Brazilian authors. "I didn't have a film background so I thought this was a way in," he says.

Teixeira remains involved with Brazilian cinema and has backed Jonas Carpignano's drama A Ciambra, which is also screening in Directors' Fortnight. It is the first completed feature to come from RT Features' partnership with Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff's Sikelia Productions. WME brokered the meeting between the two companies and they struck a deal to unearth new voices. …

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