Industries & Festivals — March 15, 2013 at 9:38 am

Zurich Film Festival to focus on Brazil

zurich-film-festivalThe 9th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) is to showcase Brazilian cinema in its New World View section.

ZFF will present 12 new feature and documentary films from emerging Brazilian filmmakers as well as a short film block, Screen Daily reported.

The strand will open on Sep 28 with a party in the Papiersaal at Sihlcity. A more detailed programme will be released in the coming months.

In recent years, a new generation of independent filmmakers have emerged, whose works will likely be featured at ZFF.

Brazil’s economy is currently thriving and it is set to host the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016, prompting ZFF to cast the spotlight on the Latin American country.

Brazilian film production has experienced a steady upswing over the past 15 years, beginning with Walter Salles’ Central Station in 1998 and boosted by Fernando Meirelles’ City of God (Cidade de Deus) in 2002.

Last year marked the seventh consecutive year that box office increased in the market. After crossing $489 million for the first time in 2011, the market closed 2012 on $783 million, for a 15.6 percent year-on-year gain.

Among the reasons for the growth in the country are the expansion of the exhibition circuit and the increase in ticket prices.

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