The Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheques are celebrating Brazilian film this month with a festival that kicked off on Sunday. During August, the three movie houses will screen a variety of new Brazilian films (2007-2009) including musicals, dramas, comedies and documentaries. All of the films will have English subtitles, and some have Hebrew subtitles, too. The festival launched with Lais Bodanzky's The Ballroom, about a Sao Paulo ballroom that has seen better days and the cast of characters that pass through. Ballroom actor Paulo Vilhena came in for the festival. Other festival guests include actor Bruna Lombardi and director Carlos Alberto Riccelli, who will present their film The Sign of the City. The festival includes three competitions, for narrative, documentary and audience favorite. Information is available at www.festivalemisrael.com/2008/h/filmes.htm.