Lula biopic to open Brazilian Film Festival

By 06 August, 2010

Lula – The Son of Brazil will be the opening film for the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival this year. The gala screening will be held at the Princess Theatre, at the Bafta Academy, on September 1st.

Based on the book of the same name by Denise Paraná, the film looks in dramatic form at the life of Brazil’s current President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. From his birth in 1945 and impoverished childhood as a shoe shine boy until 1980 when he became the leader of the Workers’ Party, this local box-office hit tells this extraordinary and inspiring story of his rise above hardship, up to the death of his mother Dona Lindu, who raised eight children on her own while teaching them all to live life with dignity, no matter what.

Lula is directed by Fábio Barreto, who was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1995 (for O Quatrilho), and who hails from one of the country’s biggest filmmaking dynasties. Producers Lucy and Paula Barreto will attend to present the film.

Public tickets are available for booking now for £12, which includes a drinks reception at Bafta. To book it, head here.

The full programme for the 2nd Brazilian Film Festival, which is a promotion from Inffinito Festivals Circuit, can be viewed here.

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