Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sonia Braga Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award in Hollywood

By José Alberto Hermosillo
Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016, Festival in LA
Oct 16th, 2016, Hollywood, CA. The 8th Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary Brazilian actress Sonia Braga on a Saturday night gala.
Sonia Braga and Edward James Olmos, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016, Festival in LA
The renowned Latino actor Edward James Olmos handed the prize during the Ceremony Celebrated in the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood. 
Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016, Festival in LA
Talented and sexy, Sonia Braga is one of the most well-known Brazilian actresses in the world and is one of the very few Latino actors who has made it in Hollywood and keep working in her homeland as well.

Sonia Braga made quite a few brilliant films in Hollywood such as: “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Moon Over Parador,” “Angel Eyes,” “The Rookie,” “Sea of Dreams,” “Roosters” and “The Miracle Beanfield War.” 

She also participated in a few sizzling episodes of the T.V. series hit “Sex and the City” for HBO. And for PBS, "American Family" with James Olmos, Raquel Welch, Esai Morales, and Kate del Castillo.

In Europe, she made the terrific film “Two Deaths” with Michael Gambon.

In her country, she made some great films that are now considered as Classics of the Brazilian Cinema, such as “Tieta of Agreste.”

She also made the magical-realism film “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands.” Her sensuality and the enactment of the character catapulted her to the international stardom.
Now, Sonia Braga is having a major comeback to the big screen with the controversial “Aquarius,” getting rave reviews from the international press since its premiere in Cannes 2016. 

In "Aquarius," Sonia's marvelous portrayed of Clara is unforgettable. She is a music critic, a mother and a cancer survivor who is fighting for her ocean-view apartment and to keep her family together with a great sense of dignity and respect.
Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016, Festival in LA
During the Award Ceremony, Edward James Olmos said: “Sonia was a true gift to my life.” He continued, “In many films, we had many kids together, where are they now?”
Edward James Olmos and Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016, Festival in LA

Sonia replied “You are my favorite husband,” making reference to the movies and T.V. series they had jointly done in the past. 

Sonia Braga thanked the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, her friends, and family who worked with her in the more than 50 years of career in movies and television.
Sonia Braga and Director Kleber Mendoca Filho, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA
Sonia especially thanked the director of the film “Aquarius,” Kleber Mendoca Filho for writing this unforgettable story and for having her in mind for the central part.

She also mentioned her mother, who made, with her own hands, the costumes she wore in the award winning films: “Kiss of Spider Woman” and “Moon Over Parador.”
Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo, © 2016 Festival in LA
Sonia Braga loves to live in Los Angeles, a city where she has a little house, with a small garden she likes to take care of. She learned to drive in L.A., where she is panicking most of the time behind the wheel. Then, she moved to N.Y.C., a place where she can walk without getting a traffic ticket.
Sonia Braga in Hollywood, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo, © 2016 Festival in LA
Mrs. Braga fights for what is right. She considers herself a humanist person who is aware of what is happening in the world, especially with her people and her country.
Sonia Braga, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo, © 2016 Festival in LA
Sonia finished her speech by saying “From all the roles I played, the best one was to be born.”
Sonia Braga and Director Kleber Mendoca Filho Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA
Other people from the film industry demonstrated their support for Sonia that night. "Sonia Braga is such an amazing actress, a real inspiration," said one of the founders of LALIFF (Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival) Marlene Dermer, who was incredibly moved by the Sonia Braga recognition. 


The event continued with the more than a two-hour film presentation.
 Talize Sayegh, Sonia Braga, and Director Kleber Mendoca Filho Photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA
After the screening, we had a very revealing Q & A conducted by the director of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, Talize Sayegh, who at the end, invited us to a lovely reception at a nearby café.
Brazilian talent, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA

Actor Renato Góes, photo by Jose Alberto Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA
The Sonia Braga Lifetime Award night was a celebration of the actress' achievements, it was also such an amazing event in the company of many Brazilian actors and other Angelinos, lovers of Brazilian and World Cinema.
Film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA.

Copyright © Festival in LA, 2016

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