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Pandemia takes São Paulo Film Festival to the internet and to drive-in



São Paulo – The São Paulo International Film Festival, one of the main film festivals in Brazil, reaches its 44th edition in October. Due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, this year the event will be mainly online, in addition to special screenings in drive-in cinemas. A special tribute to the employees of the Cinemateca Brasileira will also be granted by Mostra.

Every year the event awards the Humanity Award. Big names in cinema have already been contemplated, such as directors Abbas Kiarostami, Amos Gitai and Eduardo Coutinho. In this year’s edition, it will be the turn of the group of Cinemateca workers.

“In this edition the award will be dedicated to employees of the Cinemateca, who since last year have been without salaries and suffer from the risk that the institution’s collection runs through the government’s neglect”, informs the directors of the Mostra. The announcement was confirmed by director Renata de Almeida.

The Cinemateca workers issued a joint note to thank the organization of the Exhibition. “We thank the organization of Mostra de SP for the award. We reiterate that the struggle for the institution continues and we need full support so that promises are kept and that the channels for dialogue remain open. We will remain at the side of all mobilization and entities, national and international, that stand in favor of this cinema library that once was and that needs to be one of the best in the world again. ”

The Cinematheque issue

The Cinemateca Brasileira is headquartered in São Paulo, in the Vila Mariana neighborhood. There, around 250 thousand rolls of films are preserved, dating back to more than 100 years of Brazilian audiovisual history. It is the largest collection in Latin America of its kind.

At the end of last year, the institution was abandoned by the federal government, of President Jair Bolsonaro. Since then, the more than 60 employees, many technicians with years of specialized training and work, have been unemployed for months. The neglect even caused the dissolution of the local fire brigade, putting the collection at great risk.

However, even without salaries and in the midst of the biggest health crisis of the last 100 years, workers do not neglect the collection. Using money from their own pocket, they resist as long as they can. They maintained their essential work for the maintenance of this collection, and started a great mobilization in defense of the institution.

The results are still uncertain. Earlier this month, the Bolsonaro government called the Federal Police to intervene in the Cinematheque and take the keys of the controller until then, the Roquette Pinto Foundation (Acerp). After that, the entity announced the dismissal of all employees.

The Bolsonaro government and the special secretary of Culture, Mario Frias, were the target of intense criticism for abandonment and neglect, as well as targets of representation of the Public Ministry. It did little good. The secretariat said it must issue a new notice for a new contract within three months. Meanwhile, employees and the audiovisual community fear for the safety of the collection.


The information on this edition of the Exhibition is still preliminary. It is known that a platform for streaming exclusive, produced by the same company hired by the recent Cannes and Tribeca festivals. Cinephiles will pay R $ 6 per film.

Free sessions are also planned through CineSesc and SPcine platforms, in addition to special screenings at the Petra Belas Artes drive-in cinema.

There will be about 150 films from different countries. The visual identity (graphic art) of the festival will be signed by the Chinese cinema icon Jia Zhangke, who will have shown his newest feature film Swimming until the Sea Turns Blue (2020).

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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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