2/6/11 at 12:00 AM
On Dec. 30, in the fading hours of his presidency, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva penned a few last-minute directives for Brazil. Chief among them: increase protection from Hollywood for the country’s rising film industry. He needn’t have bothered; last year was a banner year for Brazilian cinema, with three national titles finishing in the top 10 money makers. One, Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, was a runaway blockbuster. The sequel to a cops-and-criminals film by José Padilha, it has bagged 11.2 million viewers and more than $60 million, trumping imported 3-D sensations like Avatar, Shrek Forever After, and Alice in Wonderland to become the year’s top box-office draw.