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Doha, Qatar; September 21st, 2014: Doha Film Institute continues its annual celebration of the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture 2014 with the screening of a compelling showcase of Brazilian short films on 25 and 26 September at 7:00 PM, at the Museum of Islamic Arts Auditorium.
Organised in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority, the Brazil Cinema Showcase is presented by the Doha Film Institute every month, underlining the year-long cultural collaboration between Qatar and Brazil to build a legacy of artistic exchange. This month, the Institute screens five short films – The Boy at the Five, The Mai Brothers, Sana, The Comforting Hand and To Sleep Quietly. All films are screened with Arabic and English subtitles.
Directed by Marcelo Matos de Oliveira and Wallace Nogueira, The Boy at the Five (Menino do Cinco, 2013, 20 mins, PG-15) has won 23 awards, and has been screened in 63 film festivals in 22 countries. It narrates the story of Ricardo, a vulnerable, lonely boy who finds a puppy that belongs to Téo, a homeless kid. Ricardo will do anything to stay with his new and only friend, while Téo fights to recover what belongs to him.
The Mai Brothers (Os Irmãos Mai, 2013, 19 mins, PG-13) by award-winning filmmaker Thais Fujinaga, charts the journey of two brothers who go through the city centre in search of a birthday gift for their grandmother – but the more they walk, the further they seem from achieving their goal.
The documentary Sanã (2013, 18 mins, PG) is directed by Marcos Pimentel, who has several creative documentaries to his credit. Set in the backcountry of the Brazilian state of Maranhão, it brings to screen the life of a boy searching for something amid the immensity of the landscape.
The Comforting Hand (A Mão que Afaga, 2012, 20 mins, PG-13), is a fantasy film directed by Gabriela Amaral Almeida. It depicts the life of Estela, a telemarketing operator, who plans a party for her only child’s ninth birthday that has minimal chances of success.
Directed by Juliana Rojas, To Sleep Quietly (Pra Eu Dormir Tranquilo, 2011, 15 mins, PG-15) is a horror film that tells the story of Luis, whose nanny died a few weeks earlier. When the nanny reappears, hidden in the closet, Luis must go to great lengths to satisfy her hunger.
Tickets are priced QAR 35; students receive discounted rates of only QAR 25 on presenting a valid student ID. Sale has commenced online at www.dohafilminstitute.com. Tickets can also be purchased on Sept. 24, Wednesday from 10.30am to 5.30pm, on Sept. 25, Thursday from 12 to 8pm and on Sept. 26, from 2 to 8pm at the Museum of Islamic Art DFI Ticket Outlet, across the MIA Auditorium.
Through various collaborations, Doha Film Institute brings the best in world cinema to Qatar to further strengthen appreciation of cinema and build Qatar’s film culture.