18 March, 2010

City of Film Welcomes 'City of God' Director, Fernando Meirelles

Patience is a virtue when working on a film festival of the size, scope and complexity of BIFF. Having an international dimension also presents its own unique challenges.

So attracting a genuine star in the shape of Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (his screentalk is followed by a screening of his cult hit City of God) to the city is something of a coup.

The festival team has been working with Mr. Meirelles since last autumn, attempting to steer a route through his ridiculously heavy schedule to arrange flights and a mutually convenient date for his exclusive on-stage Screentalk interview.

To achieve what promises to be one of the highlights of the 16th Bradford International Film Festival we worked closely with the Embassy of Brazil to fly Meirelles from Sao Paulo to Yorkshire. He appears in Bradford in conjunction with the University of Leeds and will be interviewed by LĂșcia Nagib of the Centre for World Cinemas.

Fernando’s described as “one of the ten greatest filmmakers working in the world today” and he’ll discuss his career in a interview tomorrow evening, presented by BIFF in partnership with the University of Leeds and the Embassy of Brazil. We’re delighted to welcome him to BIFF for what is his first UK retrospective.

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