By Stephanie Foden, Contributing Reporter

SALVADOR, BRAZIL – With less than a week to the end of the year, the Brazilian film industry is able to look back at a successful year: over 120 national feature films were watched by nearly 28 million people, equivalent to 18.3 percent of the total box office. These are numbers not seen since the distant 1980s.

This year may also go down in history for the diversity of topics covered. While Brazilian cinema covered mostly the nation’s social ills since the Retomada (a sort of Nouvelle Vague that began in 1995 with Carla . . .

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