Best first feature in San Jose

AWARD. Carlos Oliveira's "Rosa Morena" takes its audience from well-off Scandinavia to the city slums of Sao Paulo. The film received an award at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California.

The Cinequest Film Festival, which has a keen eye on new talent, singled out Carlos Oliveira's "Rosa Morena" as Best First Feature at the festival's wrap-up on Sunday. The film screened in the Maverick Competition whose main "Spirit" award last year went to Martin Pieter Zandvliet's "Aplause". 

Last November "Rosa Morena" took home a prize at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. The Brazilian mega city provides in fact the main backdrop for the story of Thomas, 40, who badly wants to become a father. Only problem is that, as a single gay man, his chances of adopting in Denmark are next to impossible. As he looks up an old friend in Sao Paulo, Thomas discovers an illegal market for adoption and soon meets Maria, a single pregnant mother with little chance of feeding another child ...

The film is out in Danish theatres in May. TrustNordisk handles international sales.

New releases by Fine & Mellow

Danish producer Fine & Mellow was on the competition slate in Berlin with "Skyscraper" and has two more titles soon up for release, "Volcano" (2011) by Rúnar Rúnarsson and "In Heat" (2012) by Henrik Ruben Genz.

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Rosa Morena poster