World Cinema Paradiso
XINGU, Cao Hamburger
Brazil / 2013 / 102 min / DCP / Portoguese w/English sub-titles
Xingu tells the incredible story of the Villas-Boas brothers and the events leading up to the creation of the Xingu National Park, the first major Indian reservation in Brazil. It salvages a forgotten and dramatic moment in Brazilian history that remains up-to-date and urgent still today.
1940’s. Three young brothers decide to embark on a great adventure. They enlist in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition and head out on a trailblazing mission through Central Brazil. The saga begins with the crossing of the Mortes River after which they soon take over as expedition leaders and become involved in protecting the Indians and their diverse cultures, as seen written in a diary entitled The March West.
On a trip unlike any other in Brazilian history, after innumerous skirmishes, 1500 kilometers of paths cleared, 1000 kilometers of rivers navigated, 19 airstrips cleared, 43 villages visited and 14 tribes contacted, besides the over 200 bouts with malaria, the Villas-Boas brothers manage to create the Xingu National Park in 1961, an ecological park and Indian reservation the size of Belgium and which, at the time, was the largest in the world.
As the Villas-Boas begin their adventure they pass through the territory of the Xavante Indians, a courageous and warrior tribe, without causing any casualties on either side. They soon come upon the Kalapalo Indians, infamous and feared for having supposedly killed English explorer Percy Fawcett. They could never have imagined that it was there that they would suffer one of the biggest tragedies of their lives...
Screenplay: Cao Hamburger, Elena Soarez, Anna Muylaert / Producers: Fernando Meirelles, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, Bel Berlinck / Cinematographer: Adriano Goldman / Editor: Gustavo Giani / Composer: Beto Villares / Art Director: Cassio Amarante / Principal Cast: Joāo Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat / Contact: Michael Repsch (email@example.com) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2142055/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Xingu-film/
THE DIRECTOR: Cao Hamburger is a Brazilian Director and Screenwriter of movies and TV. He is the creator of one of the most successful children programs in Brazilian history Castelo Ra-Tim-Bum (which Hamburger would also turn into a film). In 2006 his feature film The Year My Parents Went on Vacation debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in competition for the Golden Bear. Also in 2006 Cao contributed his directorial efforts to the HBO Series Filhos do Carnaval.
Xingu marks his third feature film and it too made its debut at the Berlin Film Festival, where it took third in the Panorama Section.
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival runs Oct 18 - November 11, 2013 in Ft Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Pompano Beach and on Grand Bahama Island. The fest moves to Saint Augustine January 16 - 19, 2014. There are over 200 films plus a galaxy of parties, cruises, and special events. Special guests include Ann-Margret, Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, Anna Paquin, Lea Thompson, Aphrodite Jones, Guy Harvey, Jonathan Bird, Pauly Cohen, William Grefe, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon and Michael Bolton. FLIFF is the Guiness World Record holder for longest in the world.