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FESTIVAL. "Rosa Morena", first Danish-Brazilian coproduction and feature debut by Carlos Oliveira, is competing at Marrakech International Film Festival as one of 15 new talents.

World release for "Rosa Morena" was set at the recent Sao Paulo International Film Festival, where the film took home an award. Now Brazilian expatriate Carlos Oliveira's feature film debut is selected for competition at Marrakech International Film Festival, running 3-11 December with John Malkovich presiding over the jury counting, among others, Gabriel Byrne, Gael Garcia Bernal and Eva Mendes.

"Rosa Morena" is, in more than one sense, a cross-cultural hybrid. The result of a Danish-Brazilian collaboration, the film is about a meeting between cultures. Anders W. Berthelsen plays 40-year-old Thomas, a single gay man who sets off for Sao Paulo in search of a baby to adopt from a poor Brazilian family. And as to style, "Rosa Morena" combines the documentary realism of Brazilian films of the last few decades with the solid storytelling of Danish films about "real", ordinary people.

Carlos Oliveira and Morten Kirkskov signed the script, and the film is produced by Astrid Hytten and Thomas Gammeltoft for Fine & Mellow and, on the Brazilian team, Hank Levine and Ivan Teixeira for Master Shot Media.

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Marrakech International Film Festival 3-11 December