'The Other End' Wins Top Prize at Rio Film Festival

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'The Other End'

Felipe Sholl’s comedy was named best film and earned best actress honors for Karine Teles.

Felipe Sholl’s The Other End topped the Redentor Awards, presented to local productions in the Premiere Brazil competition of the Rio Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

Scholl's quirky modern comedy, which was named best film, also saw leading actress Karine Teles take home the best actress award.

Cristiane Oliveira’s A Woman and the Father was the other big winner in Brazil's main film festival, receiving a best director award, a shared best cinematography prize for Heloisa Passos and best supporting actress honors for newcomer Verónica Perrotta.

The fest's jury was composed of Charles Tesson, artistic director of Cannes’ Critics' Week, who served as president; film directors Maria Augusta Ramos and Sandra Kogut; and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, whose latest feature film Dominion had its world premiere in the Panorama world cinema section.

The Rio Film Festival, which ran Oct. 6-16, screened over 250 international and local films in more than 20 locations around the city with almost 200,000 tickets sold, according to organizers.

A list of winners follows.

PREMIERE BRAZIL

Best Fiction Feature:
The Other End, directed by Felipe Sholl

Best Feature-Length Documentary:
Fight of the Century, directed by Sérgio Machado

Best Short:
The Parking Lot
, directed by William Biagioli

Honorable mention:
Demonia — A Melodrama in Three Acts
, directed by Fernanda Chicollet & Cainan Baladez

Best Director, Fiction:
Cristiane Oliveira for A Woman and the Father

Best Director, Documentary:
Sérgio Oliveira for The Desert of Super Dara

Honorable mention:
Marcos Prado, for Curumim

Best Actress:
Karine Teles for The Other End, directed by Felipe Sholl

Best Actor:
-Shared-
Nelson Xavier, for Comeback, directed by Erico Rassi, and
Julio Andrade for Whirlpool, directed by Jose Luiz Villamarim, and Under Pressure, directed by Andrucha Waddington

Best Supporting Actress:
Verónica Perrotta for A Woman and the Father, directed by Christiane Oliviera

Best Supporting Actor:
Stepan Nercessian for Under Pressure, directed by Andrucha Waddington

Best Cinematography:
-Shared-
Fernando Lockett for The Desert of Super Dara, and
Heloisa Passos for A Woman and the Father

Best Editing:
Marcio Hashimoto for Era o Hotel Cambridge, directed by Eliane Caffé

Best Screenplay:
Martha Nowill and Charly Braun for Russian Red, directed by Charly Braun

Special Jury Prize:
Redemoinho, directed by José Luiz Villamarim

PREMIERE BRAZIL — NEW TRENDS

Best Feature Film:
Then I Died, directed by Bia Lessa & Dany Roland

Best Short:
Don’t Promise Me Anything, directed by Eva Randolph

Special Jury Prize:
Fix Up, Look Sharp
, directed by Emílio Domingos

Honorable mention:
Layla Kayã Sah, for Janaína Overdrive, directed by Mozart Freire

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Film:
Era o Hotel Cambridge, directed by Eliane Caffé

Best Feature-Length Documentary:
Divine Divas, directed by Leandra Leal

Best Short:
Demonia — A Melodrama in Three Acts
, directed by Fernanda Chicollet & Cainan Baladez

FIPRESCI AWARD

Best Latin American Film:
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Dark Skull, directed by Kiro Russo (Bolivia/Qatar, 2016), and
Era o Hotel Cambridge, directed by Eliane Caffé (Brazil/France/Spain, 2016)

FELIX AWARDS (LGBTQ Films)

Best Fiction Film:
Rara, directed by Pepa San Martin (Chile/Argentina, 2016)

Best Documentary:
Divine Divas, directed by Leandra Leal (Brazil, 2016)

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