Brazilian filmmaker Aluízio Abranches' Do Começo ao Fim (From Beginning to End), which revolves around a love affair between two brothers, has generated quite a bit of discussion in Brazilian online forums even though the film hasn't been released, yet. Those waiting to check it out at the upcoming Festival do Rio, Rio de Janeiro's international film festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 8, will be disappointed.
Abranches has declared that his film won't be ready in time for its scheduled screening. (Eliane Caffé's O Sol do Meio Dia [The Midday Sun], about a dangerous love triangle in the Brazilian hinterlands, will take its slot.) As a result, Do Começo ao Fim will reach Brazilian screens only in November.
According to Rosangela Dantas of the Rio daily Jornal do Brasil, who lauds Abranches' effort to shake things up with his latest film, Brazilian cinema “has had its trajectory marked by prudishness and hypocrisy. Polemical subjects have almost invariably been treated in a superficial manner, making the movies in question prisoners of an absurd moral conduct.”
In the Do Começo ao Fim cast: Rafael Cardoso, João Gabriel Vasconcelos, Gabriel Kaufmann, Lucas Cotrim, Júlia Lemmertz, Fábio Assunção, Jean Pierre Noher, and veteran Louise Cardoso.
By the way, more than 300 films from more than 60 countries are scheduled to be screened at the Festival do Rio's many sidebars, among them Premiere Brasil, Global Panorama, Gay World, Limits and Borders, and Midnight Movies.
About 90 of the aforementioned films will come from France, as 2009 is the Year of France in Brazil. The French film series will include a mini-retrospective dedicated to Isabelle Huppert and an homage to Jeanne Moreau.