With almost 1,000 days to go before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Official Film of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, directed by Breno Silveira, will have its world premiere on 3 November as part of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). The Official Film baton is about to be passed from Rio to Tokyo.
The screening is particularly significant as it will help to generate enthusiasm and promote the Olympic spirit among Japanese audiences, as Tokyo prepares to write a new chapter in Olympic (and film!) history 56 years after the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964.
Popole Misenga from the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT), who features in the film, is making the trip over from Rio, where he trains, to attend the exclusive screening outside competition season. Four Japanese Olympians will also be in attendance: Shota Iizuka and Ryota Yamagata (4x100m silver medallists), Haruka Tachimoto (judo gold medallist) and Yoshihide Kiryu (4x100m relay), who recently broke Japan's 100m record of 10 seconds!
The content director of Days of Truce, Higia Ikeda of Conspiração Filmes, will take part in a Q&A session with the audience, alongside Francis Gabet, Director of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage.
"Days of Truce" is an original portrait of the Brazilian experience in hosting the Games and a powerful manifesto that explores how the Olympic values are relevant in our modern society
This emotional documentary is the story of the Olympic Summer Games 2016, focusing on the experiences of people from all walks of life who contributed to their success: from the taxi driver to the star athlete, from the dancer at the Olympic Opening Ceremony to Popole, a member of the first Refugee Olympic Team. It's a tale about the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro, of cariocas at a dramatic moment of economic, political, and environmental crisis who rise up to the challenge and welcome people from all around the world in an unforgettable celebration of friendship, excellence, and respect. The film produced by Conspiração Filmes is a powerful manifesto that explores how the Olympic values are relevant in our modern society.
« Days of Truce » by Breno Silveira • 2017 • 88 min • OV English • IOC
Brazilian Film, TV and Commercials director Breno Silveira began his career as a cinematographer after graduating from Ecole Louis Lumière in Paris. His first feature film 2 Filhos de Francisco (Two Sons of Francisco) was the #1 box office movie in Brazil in 2005 with more than 5.3 million admissions, and was the country's official entry to the Oscars in the Foreign-Language category. He has since then directed 4 other movies such as the Toronto official selection Era uma vez... (Once Upon a Time in Rio/ 2008) and the box-office hit Gonzaga - De Pai pra Filho (Gonzaga/ 2012). His TV credits include documentaries and the recent series 1 Contra Todos, for Fox Channel, the highest-rated Brazilian Pay-TV series of 2016. Breno Silveira has directed more than 300 commercials for the world's and Brazil's most prestigious brands and agencies. He has been a partner of Conspiração Filmes since 1996.
Olympic films: a collection of cultural and heritage value
Since the early 20th century, films have been created for every edition of the Olympic Games. Throughout the decades, accomplished international filmmakers – including Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Leni Riefenstahl, and Carlos Saura, among many others – have been inspired by the Olympic Movement to push the boundaries of the Olympic documentary tradition and to create powerful cinema as part of the Olympic Games' cultural legacy. The Olympic Film collection is comprised of more than 50 feature-length films that offer a cinematic window onto defining moments in the history of the modern Games. In 2016, the IOC completed an 12-year project to ensure the restoration and long term preservation of all the most important Olympic films, which received the prestigious FOCAL International Award 2017 for Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project.