ABOUT NEXUS CINEMA
Nexus is a medium-sized film production company able to obtain U$ 7.000.000,00 through Incentive Law. The company aims at developing distinguished projects, with clear Production Values. We focus not on quantity, but on the nearly handcrafted attention to each project. At Nexus, every detail is carefully observed. Nexus produced the movie “Vera” (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as awards for best movie at the Nantes Three Continents Festival and the Uppsala International Short Film Festival), the documentary “Carandiru.doc” (a prime time hit at Brazilian cable channel GNT), the movie “Olga” (over 3 million viewers, over 100,000 DVDs sold, a submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and over 20 local and international awards, such as the Popular Jury Coral Negro Award for Best Movie at the Havana Film Festival; Best Movie and Best Director at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival; Best Movie at the great Atlanta Jewish Film Festival), the movie “Budapest” (a well succeeded co-production among Brazil, Hungary, and Portugal, which is considered to be the most successful movie adaptation from a novel by Chico Buarque), the movie “ Time and Wind” (800,000 viewers), and also the homonymous miniseries, which scored 24 according to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (IBOPE) rating. In terms of audience, Nexus productions have reached nearly 5 million viewers. Nexus is also internationally recognized, having been invited to the most recent New Cinema Network at the Rome Film Fest, and to several other producer gatherings. Nexus Cinema is currently finishing up the movie “The Caretaker”, as well as raising funds for the project “Duetto” (a co-production with Italy, starring Fernanda Montenegro and Giancarlo Giannini), to be distributed by Imagem Filmes, and “Madame Durocher” (a co-production with France). We are also currently developing TV series for several cable channels.
Screenwriter and producer, CEO of film production company Nexus Cinema e Vídeo, Rita Buzzar studied audio-visual production at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). She is the author of TV hits such as the miniseries “Rosa dos Rumos” (Brazilian network Rede Manchete, 1990-1991), “A História de Ana Raio e Zé Trovão” (soap opera, Brazilian network Rede Manchete, 1990-1991), and she wrote “A Queridinha” (Brazilian network Rede Manchete), directed by Walter Avancini. She also wrote the screenplays for “Lara”, and “Maria dos Prazeres”, the latter being produced by Carlo Ponti. Her first short film, “Qualquer Um”, won the Popular Jury Award for Best Movie at the Brazilian film festival Jornada Internacional de Cinema da Bahia. It was also selected for the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in Germany. Rita Buzzar also worked with Gabriel García Márquez in “Amores Posibles”, a series for Spanish television. Her project “Luz no Céu” was selected for the Sundance Institute, in Utah, United States. She was a writer for Brazilian TV show “Telecurso Segundo Grau”, and directed several documentaries for television, including “Carandiru.doc”, about the Carandiru Penitentiary and the making of Hector Babenco’s movie “Carandiru”. She wrote the screenplay for the movie “Olga”, which she produced in association with Globo Filmes and Lumière. Over 3 million people watched “Olga”, which won over 20 local and international awards. She wrote and produced “Budapest”, a film based on the homonymous novel by Chico Buarque, which was a co-production among Brazil, Portugal, and Hungary. Directed by Walter Carvalho, the movie was released in May, 2009. Rita Buzzar co-produced, also with Globo Filmes, the movie and the miniseries “O Tempo e o Vento”, adapted from the work of the great Brazilian writer Érico Veríssimo and directed by Jayme Monjardim. She is currently producing the thriller “O Caseiro”, directed by Júlio Santi, who wrote the screenplay along with João Segall. The film is to be released in 2016 by MGM and Europa Filmes. Also, Rita Buzzar is producing “Duetto”, a co-production with Italy to be distributed by Imagem Filmes, and “Madame Durocher”, a co-production with France.
RITA BUZZAR’S BOOKS
ENTRE LEMBRANÇAS E ESPERANÇAS
This is a book about solitude. The characters resemble those immobilized by Edward Hopper in his paintings – introverted, with a lost stare at empty spaces. In six stories delicately sewed together, Rita Buzzar portraits the mishaps of human relations and our astonishment when facing them. The book reveals a writer at the top of her form, attentive to the meaning of words, which she uses with the purpose of penetrating the characters’ souls and exploring the dark side of human existence.
What happens when a singing teacher in a religious school decides, in a desperate act, to take the place of a famous 1920s cabaret singer? Magnolia already knew what “maralto” meant: those high seas far from the shore. A free, perfect sea where she would finally stop being just an undesirable singleton to maybe become beautiful and appreciated. Just like the flower…