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Revolution and Football in Rio de Janeiro: The Films

// 17th of May, 2012

Cannes/London May 17 2012

Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots has boarded Julien Temple’s music documentary feature Children of the Revolution: This is Rio, which begins shooting in mid-September in Rio de Janeiro. Producers Arne Ludwig and Joerg Siepmann will bring a key part of the final financing to complement the existing funding from RioFilme, world sales company Ealing Metro International, and anticipated support from a number of the official Rio based audiovisual production and promotional funds.

The documentary will look at the musical, social, political, and cultural revolutions that have taken place in Rio since the late 1960s, through the first legendary Rock in Rio Festival in 1985, to today; a period in which Brazil has gone from being an oppressive military dictatorship to one of the most open and vibrant democracies on the planet. With Rio and Brazil counting down to hosting two of the world's largest and most prestigious high profile events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the timing of the project is apposite.

Ludwig has brought on board German distributor Rapid Eye Movies to release the film theatrically in Germany and is in an ‘advanced stage of negotiations with German broadcasters.’

"We are excited to be working with Fame and especially with a famous genius like Julien Temple," says 2Pilots’ Arne Ludwig. "The tropicalismo, the history, the vibrant rhythm of Rio, will really shorten the wait until the next World Cup."

The film, which is fully prepped and ready to go, will now start shooting in September after Temple has finished the release schedule on his London Olympic feature, BabyLon/don. Temple has already been scouting in Rio where he met and talked with Seu Jorge, Lenine, Nelson Motta, Roberto Medina, Kassin + Berna, Sanny Pitbull and B Negao, among figures from the current music scene, as well as getting reacquainted with old friends from the time he shot with the Sex Pistols and Mick Jagger in Rio.

Children of the Revolution: This is Rio is being co-produced in Brazil by Roberto Berliner and Rodrigo Letier of TV Zero. Founded in 1991,the company is one of Brazil’s most successful and dynamic production houses that in 2011 was responsible for Bruna Surfistinha that sold over 2 million admissions and grossed over US$10 million at the Brazilian box office.

TV Zero Joins F&ME for Streetkids United

TV Zero has also just joined F&ME’s Streetkids United II. The follow up to the hugely successful 2011 Berlinale Official Selection Generation film Streetkids United. The second film - in what is to become a series - will be made by Film and Music Entertainment to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup that is being organized by the Amos Trust and the ABC Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

"In 2014 Rio de Janeiro will play host to the second Street Child World Cup and look to build on the success of the inaugural tournament that took place in Durban prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa," explains F&ME’s Sam Taylor. "The 2014 event will bring teams of street children together from 20 countries to compete and to make their voices heard. As with the first Streekids United film - our goal is to tell the story of the children and the event - and through it draw the world’s attention to the terrible plight of street children across the globe, and the fact that these children are somebody."

The 2014 Street Child World Cup will be hosted by the Action for Brazil’s Children’s Trust, a UK registered NGO and charity that is dedicated to helping street children and the most vulnerable young people of Brazil. The charity’s patrons include Pelé, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Fernando Meirelles, Jeremy Irons and Juliette Lewis.

"We are currently in the market with TV Zero for the right Brazilian director for the project. The child poverty issue is massive in Brazil, but one that is recognised by the authorities. To get right to the heart of the issue we want a director that will become fully entrenched and deeply involved in the lives of the street child community in Rio," says producer Mike Downey. "About the only challenge we won’t have, is finding a Brazilian director with an interest and knowledge of football. It is a national passion, and a passion with everyone at TV Zero."

Film and Music Entertainment will be announcing further new major projects during the Cannes Festival

For Further information:

Ed Rigg, Film and Music Entertainment, ed.rigg@fame.uk.com, 0207 478 7527