The 9th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY
Central Park Mainstage (mid-park, 72nd St., Manhattan)

This annual event honors the best and the brightest of Brazil’s innovative new cinema.

The closing night film of The 9th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY, presented outdoors at SummerStage’s Mainstage will feature directors Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s groundbreaking documentary, “ELZA,” following a live performance by Brazilian samba superstar, Mart’nália.

Daughter of Brazilian samba legend Martinho da Vila, Mart’nália was born and bred in the heart of the Rio de Janeiro samba scene. Today she is one of Brazil’s most exciting artists, ready to carry the classic rhythms of Rio into the future. With an extensive history of working with some of the biggest name in the Brazilian music scene and considered by many to be the reigning “Queen of Samba,” Mart’nália’s infectious rhythms and smooth, lilting voice are known around the world to drive people to the dance floor.

Elza Soares is renowned as one of Brazil’s original samba superstars whose career has spanned fifty years. A remarkable singer and show woman, Soares was known for uniting traditional samba sounds with modern touches that leant her songs a multi-generational appeal. Directors Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s documentary, “ELZA” explores her repertoire’s diversity and presents a series of encounters with renowned Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Paulinho da Viola and Maria Bethânia.