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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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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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