4 Brazilian films compete at the Berlin 2024 Festival

O Berlin Festivalalso known as Berlinale, is one of the cinematographic most prestigious and important in the world.

Held annually in Germany’s capital Berlin, the festival attracts filmmakers, film industry professionals, film critics and enthusiasts from around the world.

Founded in 1951, the festival quickly became a key platform for the exhibition and promotion of films of different origins and styles.

The event is made up of several sections, including the main competition, in which films compete for the coveted Golden Bearin addition to sections dedicated to short films, documentaries, experimental films and out-of-competition works.

The inclusive nature of the Berlin Film Festival is evident in its diverse selection of films, which cover a wide range of genres, styles and themes.

From big-budget productions to independent films from emerging filmmakers, the Berlinale offers a platform for a variety of cinematic voices and perspectives.

Brazilian audiovisual at the Berlin Festival

The 2024 edition started yesterday (15) and will be extended until February 25th.

With Lupita Nyong’o assuming the presidency of the jury, the Berlin Film Festival 2024 is generating great expectations with the presence of renowned Hollywood stars.

However, in addition to the Hollywood lights, Brazil is standing out with the selection of four films, highlighting the diversity and richness of national cinema.

‘Bethany’

‘Betânia’ is one of the Brazilian films at the Berlin Festival – Image: Salvatore Filmes/Reproduction

One of the highlights is ‘Betânia’, directed by Marcelo Botta, known for his work in ‘Auto Posto’, ‘Abestalhados 2’ and ‘Foca News with Daniel Furlan’.

Set in the stunning Lençóis Maranhenses, the film follows the life of the eponymous protagonist, a widowed midwife who faces challenges in a new environment, reflecting environmental and climate issues.

‘City; Field’

‘City; Campo’ is another national film present at the awards – Image: Nineteen sounds and images – Alice Drummond/Reproduction

In the Encounters section, ‘City; Campo’, directed by Juliana Rojas, appears as a strong competitor.

The film explores stories of migration involving a rural worker in São Paulo and a couple on a farm in Mato Grosso do Sul, touching on themes of transition and identity.

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‘Broken’

‘Quebrante’ is one of the Brazilian films at the Berlin Festival – Image: Square Eye/Reproduction

Elsewhere in the program, ‘Quebrante’ is a short film by Janaina Wagner. The film delves into the depths of the BR230 Transamazônica Highway, following Dona Erismar’s journey.

She is known as the ‘cave woman’. Furthermore, the short also extensively explores themes of landscape, history and memory.

‘Lapse’

‘Lapso’ is one of the Brazilian films at the Berlin Festival – Image: Fuskazul Filmes/Reproduction

Finally, ‘Lapso’, a short film from Minas Gerais directed by Caroline Cavalcanti, stands out at Mostra Generation. The film narrates the meeting between Bel and Juliano.

They are two teenagers who connect after an incident of vandalism, bringing to light the personal experiences of the filmmaker, who is hearing impaired, and exploring themes of communication and identity.