400 movies from 60 countries at Rio Film Festival

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2012 5:06 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The 24th edition of the Rio Film Festival will bring some 400 films from 60 countries to the theaters, beaches and squares of Rio de Janeiro.

Organizers say offerings include movies by Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh and Stephen Frears. More than 70 Brazilian films are also to be screened, including the opening-night biopic "Gonzaga," about Brazilian music legend Luis Gonzaga.

A-list guests expected to attend include British actor Jeremy Irons, "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris and controversial Serbian artist Marina Abramovic, subject of a documentary that's part of the festival lineup.

Organizers said Tuesday that movies will be screened at some 30 venues throughout Rio, including on the beach and in a "favela," or hillside slum.

The festival runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 11.