Brazilian Culture Comes Alive June 1-7 in New York

Experience the style and vibrant culture of Brazil with the 12th Brazilian Film Festival of New York and Taste of Brazil from June 1st through June 7th. The event is part of the Infffinito Festival Circuit that has represented and promoted Brazil in international venues through film, music and food events and Embratur, the Brazilian government of tourism.

Jacques 1534 at 20 Prince Street is one of the multi-ethnic spots that are adding a Brazilian themed dish and a specialty cocktail to their menu during the festival. Avocado Recheado that has a ripe avocado stuffed with lump crabmeat, poached shrimp, potatoes, peas and carrots. This beautifully prepared starter is served with yucca chips and a spicy sauce with onion, tomato, and jalapeño. Their refreshing cocktail, the Live Love Leblon, incorporates fresh lemon juice, ripe raspberries, blackberries and Cachaça.

punchThe other restaurants participating in Taste of Brazil include Plataforma, SUSHISAMBA, Cantine Parisienne, Emporium Brazil, Los Americanos, Organika, The Diner, Botequim, Tablao, Gradisca, and Rice & Beans.

The film festival will feature screenings at the Tribecca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street at $10 per ticket. Titles will include nine original Brazilian features (with English subtitles), each making its New York debut, and 12 short films. Selected by a committee of curators, the films compete for The Crystal Lens Award, a public choice award.  At the Brazilian Film Festival, the audience is the jury; they vote for the best short and best feature film of the Festival. This year, one of the notable curators is Paulo Roberto Mendonça, who is the head of Channel Brazil S/A and also a screenwriter and songwriter.

This year’s festival will also play a special tribute to Bossa Nova composer Vinicius de Moraes, writer of the worldwide hit song “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”), in honor of the centenary of his birth.  Two films will be screened in honor of Moraes – Orfeu, a film based on Vinicius’s re-telling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in Rio during Carnaval, and Vinicius, a feature film based on his life and work. They will both be screened as part of the “Tribute Screenings” at Tribeca Cinemas.

Ad_The_Brasilians_11x8,5pol_2The festival culminates with a free concert for the general public at Summer Stage, Central Park on the June 7th by Toquinho (Antônio Pecci Filho), the renowned Brazilian singer, guitarist, and composer, who collaborated with Vinicius de Moraes for 11 years, producing 120 songs, 25 records and over a thousand shows. The awards for the best films of the festival will also be given on the concert stage.

Brazil meets New York City this week; this distinctive event will delight film enthusiasts, those that enjoy the rich music of the country and people who enjoy the spectacular foods and drinks of Brazil.

For the full schedule of events and participating restaurants go to the website for the festival. 

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Marina began her writing career after raising her four children and returning to college at Columbia University's School of General Studies. She currently writes for Broadwayworld.com, TAPinto in New Jersey and the Hemlock News in Pennsylvania. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences in the greater metropolitan area. Marina is delighted to contribute to Woman About Town.