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São Paulo International Film Festival begins for all of Brazil



São Paulo – The 44th São Paulo International Film Festival begins on Thursday (22). This year, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the traditional event will be held online. The circumstances are tragic – as the country continues to count deaths and new cases of covid-19. However, the encouragement will be the reach of the festival, which may be accompanied by Brazilians across the country.

In times of pandemic, hope and healing are points of attention for the show, from the choice of graphic arts. Always adored by movie buffs, the posters and vignette are signed by Chinese cinema master Jia ZhangKe. As explained by the director of the International Film Festival, Renata Almeida, the atypical year guided the selection. “We invited the filmmaker and he accepted. He chose this photo of a man lighting an incense for the god of literature and the written word. It is a symbol of healing and encouragement. ” Although some movie theaters are authorized to reopen, with a limited audience, in São Paulo, the event was designed for times of social isolation.

“We hope that the exhibition will be a little like the smoke of the incense that, in so many religions and cults, symbolizes the breath, the purification and the healing. Because the unusual situation did not harm the selection of 2020, which insinuates itself strong and surprising by the clouds and waves of the internet ”, summarizes the event’s organization, in an editorial.

The dynamics

198 titles from 71 countries will be shown until November 4th. The axes of the films follow the same as in previous editions: international perspective; competition for new directors; shows Brazil; and special presentation. The films can be accessed through an official streaming platform of the event (Mostra Play), in addition to sessions in drive-in cinemas and in partnership with Sesc Digital and Spcine Play platforms.

The price to watch the films has dropped compared to previous years, with face-to-face sessions. Each feature can be accessed for R $ 6. Another point that may displease the “showrooms” is that film packages will not be sold, only separate sessions. In addition, the Sesc Digiral and Spcine Play platforms will show 30 films for free.

There are two drive-in cinemas that will show films from the show, Cinesec Drive-in, on Avenida do Estado, the future Sesc Parque Dom Pedro II, and Belas Artes Drive-in, at the Latin America Memorial, in Barra Funda. The latter even receives the opening session of the festival, at 7:30 pm, with the screening of the film New Order (2020), by Michel Franco. The feature was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize in Venice and will feature a presentation by Renata Almeida and presenter Serginho Groisman.

The movies

The complete list of films from the 44th São Paulo International Film Festival can be seen here. Among the highlights, in addition to the New Order, other award-winning features. The winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin, There’s No Evil (2019), from Iranian Mohammad Rasoulof stands out together with Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020), by the Afghan Burhan Qurbani, who revisits the classic work written in the 1920s, filmed by Phil Jutzi, and also seen in the form of a miniseries by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1980. Qurbani highlights the centenary work by giving the central character – originally a former inmate – the body of a contemporary refugee.

From the protagonist of the graphic art of the show, Jia ZhangKe, come two works. His most recent feature, Swimming Until The Sea Turns Blue (2019), a more intimate view of Chinese daily life; and also a short, from the same year, The visit, which brings covid-19 as a character.

Also on covid-19, the controversial Chinese multiplatform artist, Ai WeiWei, presents Coronation (2019). The work features clandestine images of Wuhan during periods of lockdown. The city was the first epicenter of the covid-19 in the world.

Other highlights that were shown at other festivals: the unprecedented documentary Kubrick by Kubrick (2020), by Gregory Monro, shown in Tribeca, The Year of Death of Ricardo Reis (2019), by João Botelho, Araña (2019), by Chilean Andrés Wood, exhibited in San Sebastián and Toronto, Losers of Life (2019), directed by Rodrigo Areias, The Serpent’s Paradise (2020), by Bernardo Arellano, Moral Order (2019), by Mário Barroso.

Edition: Paulo Donizetti de Souza

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11 million Bolivians will have free vaccine against covid




São Paulo – Former Bolivian President Evo Morales commented, this Wednesday (21st), the importance of youth in the electoral process that led Luis Arce, from the Movement to Socialism (MAS), to victory in the presidential election of October 18 . “Young people saw what it is like to live under the right and the dictatorship. And they reflected on how we were with our revolution and how we were under the coup, ”he said. Evo was overthrown by a coup in November 2019 that brought lawyer and TV presenter Jeanine Áñez to the presidency. With 90% of the official count completed. at 3:40 pm on this Wednesday (21st), Luis Arce approaches 55% of the valid votes. “What was at stake on October 18 was to go back to the past with the privatists or continue to the future with the nationalists,” said Evo Morales in an interview with Breno Altman (watch below).

Asked how the country will recover from the economic crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic, he replied that it will be with the presence of the state. The Bolivian guaranteed that Bolivia will normalize relations with China, Cuba, “some European countries” and Russia. “Those who once asked for market, market, market, now say State, State State, in the face of the pandemic.”

Vaccine against covid-19

“We are going to face the pandemic. When we have the vaccine, we will distribute it to all 11 million Bolivians for free. ” According to him, tackling the pandemic and the crisis will be done through joint work between the federal government, governors and mayors.

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro not only boycotts health policies, but goes further. On Wednesday, he forbade the country to buy the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac, which would have 46 million doses through negotiations with the state of São Paulo announced the day before by the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. “I don’t give up my authority”, justified the Brazilian’s head of state.

South America

About neighbors in South America, Evo Morales highlighted the “profound ideological and programmatic difference” between MAS and the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, from Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, and the former Argentine president Mauricio Macri. But it was diplomatic. “Whether it is left or right, we must work together respecting our differences. South Americans cannot be isolated, ”he said.

Morales acknowledged that he may have been mistaken as president. “I was wrong, but I am a human being,” he said. “Now we have experience in public management, and we are going to take Bolivia forward, united, organized.” He affirmed that the new government will make “a pact of union between the parties of the right, businessmen and workers, a great national agreement, to raise the economy”, adding: “The moment is to consolidate our process of change, democracy does not end on election day ”.

Evo has been in Argentina since December 2019, where he went into exile after the coup in the country. He said that the return to his country still has no forecast. In an interview with BBC Brazil, the president-elect was not positive about the possible participation of the ex-president in the new government. “If Evo Morales wants to help us, he will be very welcome. But that does not mean that Morales will be in the government. It will be my government, ”he said.

Check out Evo Morales interview with Breno Altman

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