Celebrated Brazilian director coming for trinidad+tobago film festival

Daniela Thomas, one of Brazil’s most acclaimed filmmakers, will be visiting this country as part of the trinidad+tobago film festival 2010 (ttff/10), which takes place from September 22 to October 5. Presented by Flow, the ttff is a celebration of the best in local, Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora film, as well as films from Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin.

This year, the Festival is presenting a special focus on the cinema of Brazil. As part of that focus, there will be a retrospective of the films of Daniela Thomas. Born in 1959,  Ms Thomas co-directed her first feature film, the noir-type thriller Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land), alongside Walter Salles in 1996.

Her next film, the millennium-themed O Primeiro Dia (Midnight), which she also made with Salles, was released in 1998. Her other films include the urban drama Linha de Passe (Offside, 2008, co-directed with Salles), which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her most recent film is Insolaçaõ (2009), based on a series of stories by Anton Chekhov, which she made with Felipe Hirsch.

All of the above films will be screened at the Festival, with Ms Thomas in attendance at most of the screenings.

Other filmmakers attending the Festival from Latin America are Venezuela’s Haik Gazarian (Festival film: Venezzia) and Cirro Guerra of Colombia (Festival film:The Wind Journeys).

Among the filmmakers from the Caribbean attending the Festival are the Bahamas’ Kareem Mortimer (Children of God); Russell Watson of Barbados (A Hand Full of Dirt); St Lucia-born, Jamaican filmmaker Michelle Serieux (Missed); and, from French Guiana, Marc Barrat (Orpailleur).

As part of the Festival’s Africa focus, the Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu (Festival films: Pumzi and From a Whisper) will be here. So too will be British-Ghanaian documentary filmmaker George Amponsah (Festival films: The Fighting Spirit and The Importance of Being Elegant).

The ttff, which is in its fifth year, is supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, RBC/RBTT, the Tourism Development Corporation, the Tobago House of Assembly and the National Gas Company. For more information, visit www.trinidadandtobagofilmfestival.com.

 Photo: Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas (right), with fellow filmmaker Walter Salles

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