After making a successful round on the film festival circuit from Brazil to Cannes, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, otherwise known as O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias, has been picked up for domestic distribution by City Lights Pictures. Directed by Cao Hamburger, from a script he collaborated on with a number of other screenwriters, the movie dives into the military dictatorships of South America in 1970, and how one 12-year-old boy deals with the issue while dreaming of soccer.

Vacation stars Michel Joelsas as Mauro, the young kid who is sent to his grandfather's when his parents have to go on vacation (a trip which is actually them going underground -- they're left-wing militants). Unfortunately, his grandfather dies before the kid arrives, and he's stuck in an apartment building full of strangers, with no way to contact his parents. His grandfather's old, Jewish neighbor, Shlomo, takes Mauro in. The kid then deals with his new community, the absence of his parents, his soccer passions in the midst of the 1970 World Cup and of course, the pressures of dictatorship.

The film looks great, and the reviews seem to back it up. Twitch said it "is one of the best movies to come out of Brazil since Cidade de Deus," while Variety described it as a "sensitive, delicate and involving" film that is "silky-smooth." You can check out the trailer, a making-of clip, pictures and even clips of music from the movie (which I wish sites did more of) over at the film's official website -- which is, conveniently, in English.