All Eyes on Brazil at the 9th Zurich Film Festival

13. March 2013

ZFF showcases Brazilian cinema in its "New World View" section

Each year, ZFF takes a look at the current film landscape of a flourishing film region in its „New World View“ section. Countries previously spotlighted were Russia, Israel, Argentina, Australia, Turkey and most recently Sweden. This year, ZFF will focus on Brazil, one of the most exciting film producing countries in Latin America.

Brazil’s thriving economy has gained international recognition and further large-scale projects, including the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games, which are set to cast an ever brighter light on the country in the coming years – reason enough for the ZFF to delve into the thriving film industry of the most densely populated country in Latin America.

In the depths of a dire crisis at the beginning of the 90s, Brazilian film production has experienced a steady upswing over the past fifteen years. Filmmakers such as Walter Salles (CENTRAL STATION, 1998) and Fernando Meirelles (CIDADE DE DEUS, 2002) have not only reintroduced Brazilian cinema to the big festivals, but also to a national and international audience. In recent years this fertile ground has seen the growth of a new generation of independent filmmakers whose works are opening up exciting new cinematic and thematic horizons.

In this year’s „New World View“ section, ZFF will present ten new feature and documentary films by emerging Brazilian filmmakers, as well as a short film block. The section will open on Saturday, September 28 with a festive Brazilian Party in the Papiersaal at Sihlcity. A detailed film programme will be disclosed at a later date.