'Violeta Went To Heaven' Tops Brazil's Ceara Film Fest

8:19 AM PST 06/09/2012 by Agustin Mango

Local director Claudio Assis picks Best Director for "Febre do Rato."

FORTALEZA – Andres Wood’s Violeta Went to Heaven, a biopic of Chilean songwriter and folklorist Violeta Parra, topped the Ceara Ibero American Film Fest, which closed last night at the Jose Alencar Theater in the city of Fortaleza with a screening of Halder GomesCine Hollyudi.

Violeta received the USD 10,000 Mucuripe Award for Best Film, as well as Best Editing (to Andrea Chignoli) and Best Script (to writers Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderon and Andres Wood) The film, starring Francisca Gavilan recently picked up a Grand Jury Prize in Sundance.

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Local filmmaker Claudio Assis was the Best Director for Febre do Rato, his intense and lyrical portray of anarchist street-poet Zizo, played by Irandhir Santos. The film was also awarded for Best Original Soundtrack, composed by Jorge Du Peixe, andreceived the Oscarito Trophy given by Fortaleza’s City Hall.

Asier Altuna’s thorough and compelling documentary Bertsolari, about the popular Basque tradition of oral poetry improvisers, got Best Cinematography for Gaizka Bourgeaud.

Best Actress went to young local Graziela Felix for Roberta MarquesRania, which also received the BNB Award for Best Film with a North Eastern Theme. Luis Ziembrowski picked Best Actor for Paula Hernandez’s One Love, an Argentine love-triangle story that also received the International Critic’s Award.

Tania Hermida’s children-oriented political film En el nombre de la hija, received Best Art Direction forJuan Carlos Azevedo.

Mexican black comedy Expiration Date, directed by Kenya Marquez, won Best Sound (for Nerio Barberis and Santiago Arroyo) as well as the Brazilian Film Critics Association Award (Abraccine), which also gave an award to Nara Normande’s short film Dia Estrelado.

The short film category was topped by Diego Zon’s Os lados da rua, while Roberval Duarte got Best Director for Santas, and writers Luiza Favale, Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos, Nadia Mangolini, and Vanessa Reis picked Best Script for Realejo.

Iziane Filgueiras Mascarenhas’ Querença was the Best Local Film according to the International Jury: Alberto Durant (Peru), Nelson Wainstein (Uruguay), Ana Maria Bahiana (Brazil), Irma Dulmers (The Netherlands), and Alexis Grivas (Greece).

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