Brazilian Film Fest Kicks Off at Prague’s Bio Oko This Week

The weather has finally turned in Prague, but one film festival this week will offer a glimpse of South American sun in the Czech capital. 

From tomorrow, November 2, through Sunday, November 5, the fourth edition of the Kino Brasil festival will be bringing some recent highlights from the Brazilian film world to popular Prague 7 cinema Bio Oko.

Intended to give a platform to films that would otherwise not be seen in local cinemas, many of the films screening at Kino Brasil will be having their Czech premieres. 

Those films include Joaquim (pictured above and screening Thursday at 20:30 and Saturday at 17:00), a portrait of Brazil’s national hero, Tiradentes (Joaquim José da Silva Xavier), which screened in competition earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Another holdover from this year’s Berlin film festival screening at Kino Brasil will be Two Irenes (As Duas Irenes, screening Sunday at 18:00), a drama about a 13-year-old girl who discovers the secret family her father has been hiding. 

The Violin Teacher (Tudo Que Aprendemos Juntos, Thursday at 18:00) tells the story of a man who unwittingly transforms the lives of students at a public school through the power of music. 

And Nise: The Rise of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura, Friday at 20:30 and Sunday at 12:00) tells the true story of Nise da Silveira, a revolutionary psychiatrist who brought attention to her hospitalized patients by exhibiting their art in major galleries.

Most films playing at the festival will be presented in Portuguese with Czech and English subtitles; only one movie, Sunday night’s Political Animal (Animal político) will be presented without English subtitles. 

Tickets run 120 CZK per film. 

More information can be found at the Kino Brasil official website, and tickets can be purchased online through Bio Oko

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Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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