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João Salaviza and Gabriel Abrantes films selected for Vienna

The films Rain is Singer in the Village of the Dead by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora and Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt were selected for the Vienna International Film Festival in October.

The two films are included in the list of the main program of the festival, which runs from October 25 to November 8, partially publicized on the initiative’s website.

‘Rain is singing in the village of the dead’ was shot for nine months, 16mm, without a team, in Pedra Branca village in the state of Tocantins, Brazil.

The film won this month the prize for best fiction at the Lima Film Festival in Peru and in May the special jury prize of the section ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the Cannes Film Festival, and a distinction for best photography .

‘Rain is singing in the village of the dead’, which was produced by Ricardo Alves Jr. and Thiago Macêdo Correia, from the production company Entre Filmes, based in Minas Gerais, in co-production with the Portuguese Karõ Filmes and Material Bruto, from São Paulo, has commercial debut scheduled for the first quarter of next year in Portugal, France and Brazil.

‘Diamantino’ tells the story of Diamantino, played by actor Carloto Cotta, a superstar of world football, whose career falls into disgrace.

The film, the first feature film of the Portuguese Gabriel Abrantes and the American Daniel Schmidt, won the Grand Prize of the Week of Criticism of the Cannes Film Festival in May.

In addition to Carloto Cotta, the cast of this co-production between Portugal, Brazil and France includes Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira, Carla Maciel, Filipe Vargas, Manuela Moura Guedes, Joana Barrios and Maria Leite.

Gabriel Abrantes and the American Daniel Schmidt have worked together in recent years on films such as ‘Tristes Monroes’ (2017) and ‘A History of Mutual Respect’ (2010).

The full schedule of the Vienna International Film Festival will be announced on 08 and October.

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