Brazilian Drama ‘Private Desert’ Set for Oct. 25 Digital, Blu-ray Disc Release

Kino Lorber has set an Oct. 25 release date for Private Desert, a Brazilian drama directed by Aly Muritiba that was selected as the Brazilian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

The film will be available on all major digital platforms as well as Blu-ray Disc. Consumers can buy the film early on Kino Now beginning Oct. 11.

In Portuguese with English subtitles, the film stars Pedro Fasanaro as Sara, a gender-fluid blue-collar worker who lives as a man by day while caring for her religious grandmother in Sobradinho, a small town in the northeast of Brazil. Daniel (Antonio Saboia), who teaches in a police academy in southern metropolis Curitiba, has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident that’s all over the news. The only thing holding him together is his online romance with Sara, whom he has never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town, but no one recognizes her until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change Sara and Daniel forever. 

Bonus features include a making-of featurette and the original theatrical trailer.

Breaking Glass Sets Home Dates for Brazilian LGBTQ Drama ‘Greta’

Indie film distributor Breaking Glass Pictures has set a Nov. 26 release date for Brazilian LGBTQ drama Greta, which will be available to home viewers on DVD and On Demand.

Directed by Armando Praça, the film stars Brazilian actors Marco Nanini, Denise Weinberg, and Demick Lopes.

Greta tells the story of a 70-year-old gay nurse named Pedro (Nanini), who is desperate to save his best friend (Weinberg), an ailing transgender woman. In order to accomplish this, he helps a criminal in police custody (Lopes) escape from the premises to free up a hospital bed for his friend. He sets up the criminal in his appartment so he can treat his wounds, prompting a highly charged affair between the two that highlights Pedro’s solitude, as he prepares to deal with his friend’s death.

Greta was a nominee at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the Molodist International Film Festival, and the Jerusalem Film Festival. It won Best Film and The Special Jury Award at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and the Feature Film Trophy at Cine Ceará — National Cinema Festival, where Praça was awarded Best Director.