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In Brazil on September 10, 2010 at 11:13 am


Entrance of the Brazilian Pavillion at the Architecture Biennale of Venice (Picture: George Brugmans).


With Brazil’s film industry in the midst of a major resurgence, local filmmakers, intent on chronicling the country’s character in unflinching fashion, find themselves at odds with a strategy to improve the global perception that Brazil is a crime-ridden land with little to offer the international film community (Reuters).

A fly-on-the-wall documentary that plays like  “Cops” only with fewer drunks, “Sequestro (Kidnapping)” follows the day-to-day operations of the anti-kidnapping division of the São Paulo Police Department in Brazil (The New York Times).

The 12th Festival do Rio (Rio Film Festival) will take place between 24th September and 8th October. The event, which will show national and international movies in various venues across the city, promises to be special this year (Rio Official Guide).


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Brazil’s Amazon basin forest and the Pantanal area, both home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, are experiencing a severe drought (France24).


Opened at the beginning of the year at the ground floor, in Hotel Tulip Inn Copacabana, at Avenida Atlântica avenue, Branche Restaurant, Bar & Lounge has already become one of the finest choices of restaurants by the shore in town (Rio Official Guide)

One of the most popular activities for visitors to Rio de Janeiro are the controversial favela jeep tours. While guides often contribute a percentage of their fee to projects in those communities, as yet the people in the locals themselves have had little opportunity to be actively involved in the process of satisfying tourist curiosity in favela life (The Rio Times).

Undoubtedly one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods and often referred to as a city within a metropolis, Santa Teresa is almost impossible not to fall in love with. Full of beautiful architecture and some stunning villas and mansions overlooking Guanabara Bay, to live there is a lifestyle choice (The Rio Times).

The city’s famous Maracana stadium, a tourist attraction, sports venue and building of historical significance, closes it’s doors for up to two years this week, as the iconic arena goes through a major overhaul to meet the requirements of the 2014 World Cup. The renovations are set to cost close to US$400 million (The Rio Times).

Until the 26th September, the Langsdorff Expedition is on show in the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in the City Centre.  The exhibition will relate the details of Langsdorff first exploratory expedition in Brazilian territory accomplished between 1821 and 1829 under the leadership of the Russian German physician Georg Heinrich Langsdorff (Rio Official Guide).



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