RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Latin America's largest film festival has kicked off, ushering in two weeks of cinema in what Brazilians call the Marvelous City.
The Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, in its 14th year, includes more than 400 films from around 60 countries. Top international directors with movies in the festival include Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh and Michel Gondry.
The festival opened Thursday with the film "Gonzaga - from Father to Son" by Brazilian director Breno Silveira. It examines the rocky relationship between the legendary folksy musician Luiz Gonzaga and his son, Gonzaguinha, who also is a famous singer.
The festival runs through Oct. 11, with screenings at cinemas across the city, on an open-air screen on Copacabana beach and in the Complexo Alemao shantytown.
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