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Despite ‘sharp times’, É Tudo Verdade shows the vitality of audiovisual production



São Paulo – A photograph from 1964 (Iemanjá festival in Santos), by English Maureen Bisilliat, 90 years old in February, was the image chosen for the poster of the 26th edition of the documentary festival É Tudo Verdade. For the general director of the event, Amir Labaki, the scene synthesizes, in some way, the current times: “Looking at the sea and hoping for better winds to come”. The schedule was released on Tuesday (23). There will be 69 films from 23 countries, from all continents.

Held for the second year in a row remotely, the festival starts on April 8 and runs until the 18th. It has traditional competitive shows and tributes (Caetano Veloso and Ruy Guerra), as well as lectures and other parallel activities. The event is online it is free.


For Labaki, despite the “pointy, very complicated” times, the festival shows the vitality of individual production and the importance of art for “our sanity”. “The vigor of Brazilian production is also extraordinary, in such an adverse situation. A new national and international crop calls for passage and deserves all the attention. ”

Recently installed in the presidency of Spcine, of the Municipal Secretary of Culture in São Paulo, Viviane Ferreira adds: “It is also a breath of hope, an extra drop of life. The crisis has hurt the audiovisual sector a lot ”. Thus, the moment demands “creativity and dexterity”.

Works from five continents

The opening session, on April 8, brings Fugue (Flee, in the original), by the Danish Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The animation won the Sundance Festival in the United States. The festival ends on the 18th with The Last Forest, by the Brazilian Luiz Bolognesi. “It calls attention to the national tragedy, one more, which is happening, which is the extreme vulnerability of the Brazilian indigenous tribes”, says Amir.

For this year’s selection, the organizers watched approximately 1,200 films, compared to 1,600 in 2020. But the critic and journalist notes that only in the genre of Brazilian shorts has a more significant drop been noted. “Film production is going very well,” he says, recalling that the festival will have works produced on five continents.

Short, medium and long

The feature and medium length competition will feature 12 films among foreigners and seven among nationals (check out the competing Brazilian films below). In the short section, there will be nine works, both in Brazilian and international competition.

É Tudo Verdade – International Documentary Festival is sponsored by Itaú and a partnership with Sesc-SP, in addition to cultural support from Spcinem Itaú Cultura and Canal Brasil. The event includes the Municipal Secretary of Culture of São Paulo and the Special Secretary of Culture.

Long and medium-length competition – Brazil

Direction: Anna Muylaert and Lô Politi
It shows the daily life of the then President Dilma Rousseff in the Palácio da Alvorada.

The Repentant
Direction: Armando Antenore and Ricardo Calil
It speaks of militants who risked their lives for a cause and, as the synopsis says, they became “propaganda weapons” for their enemies.

Two times
Director: Pablo Francischelli
The reunion, 35 years later, of the Argentine guitarist Lucio Yanel and his Brazilian pupil Yamandu Costa.

Direction: Eryk Rocha
Film that deals with the struggle for land. Raised only by her mother, Edna lives on the edge of the Transbrasiliana highway.

Desire Machine – 60 Years of Oficina Theater
Direction: Lucas Weglinski and Joaquim Castro
The film tells the story and the influence of Oficina and its creator, six decades, José Celso Martinez Corrêa.

Paulo César Pinheiro – Lyrics and Soul
Direction: Cleisson Vidal and Andrea Prates
Profile of one of the great composers and lyricists of Brazilian popular music.

Direction: Joel Pizzini
It narrates the trajectory of the actor and director Zbigniew Ziembinski, of Polish origin, who marked an era in Brazil.

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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