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Reel Brazil starting eleven

Reel Brazil`s 2014 programme offers 11 titles, with a smattering of NZ shorts thrown in for good measure. The programme splits pretty evenly between narrative titles (six) and documentary titles (5), and adds up to the number of a football team – a subject close to Brazilian hearts, this year even more than most.

Football-themed doco FLA x FLU, about the rivalry between two of the country`s largest clubs, ticks the sporting boxes in World Cup year, under the steady hand of Renato Terra, whose One Night in `67 screened in a previous edition of Reel Brazil.

FLA x FLU trailer

Other documentary titles include Petra Costa`s Elena, Camilo Tavares` The Day That Lasted 21 Years, Georgia Guerra-Peixe`s The Samba Within Me and Mara Mourão`s Who Cares?.

The narrative features are Victor Lopes` Bald Mountain, Pedro Amorim`s Dognapper, Walter Lima Jr`s Out Of Tune, Hilton Lacerda`s Tattoo and a pair of animated features, Luiz Bolognesi`s Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury and Otto Guerra & Ennio Torresan Jr`s Until Sbornia Do Us Part

Bald Mountain trailer

The NZ shorts playing in and amongst include Abiogenesis, Honk If You`re Horny, I`m Going To Mum`s, Malandro, Milk and Honey, Night Shift and Preferably Blue.

If you`re cash-poor but time-rich (a fancy way of saying unemployed) Reel Brazil is offering time for tickets swaps to volunteers. Aucklanders can email Tabata by 4 April to express interest, Wellingtonians and Nelsonites can email Paula by 10 April.

Reel Brazil runs in Auckland (Rialto) 24 April – 4 May; in Wellington (Paramount) 8 – 18 May; and in Nelson (The Suter) 21 – 25 May. All the info is here.

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