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Brazilian short “Amarela” competes for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival

O Brazilian short film “Amarela” was nominated this week for Palme d'Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival . The film is the only representative from Latin America to compete for the award in the short film category.

Directed by Japanese-Brazilian André Hayato Saito the film was selected among 4,420 others to be part of a list of just 11 productions.

Among those chosen for the dispute, there are films from ten different nationalities: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Kosovo, Lithuania, Portugal and the United States.

“'Amarela' is an open wound not only for the Japanese-Brazilian people, but for all the children of diasporas around the globe who connect with this feeling of being foreigners in their own country”, comments Saito.

“I always felt too Japanese to be Brazilian and too Brazilian to be Japanese. The search for an identity that lives in between has become the most solid part of who I am”, he adds.

The film's plot follows Erika Oguihara (Melissa Uehara), a Japanese-Brazilian teenager who rejects the traditions of her Japanese family and is eager to celebrate a world title with Brazil in 1998.

Amidst the tension that develops during the match, Erika suffers from violence that seems invisible and enters a painful sea of ​​feelings.

“Amarela” was produced by Mayra Faour Auad and Gabrielle Auad, from MyMama Entertainment.

The Palme d'Or for Short Film will be awarded by the Jury chaired by Belgian actress Lubna Azabal on May 25th, during the closing ceremony of the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Source: CNN Brasil

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