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RIO DE JANEIRO — Fernando Coimbra‘s A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo Atras da Porta) and Caru Alves de Souza‘s Underage (De Menor) took home top honors for best fiction feature at Thursday’s awards ceremony during the 15th annual Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
Coimbra’s first feature film is a dark thriller that follows a couple whose child is kidnapped, and the main suspect is the father’s lover. “Now we will have more visibility for the film, we want to get in the theaters and fill them up with people to see our film, so this award will help,” Coimbra told The Hollywood Reporter about what the award meant to him.
Meanwhile, Souza noted the importance of a Redentor prize: “When we make a movie, of course we want the recognition of the public, we want to provoke reactions from the public, we want the jury to recognize it.”
Leandra Leal won the best actress award for her performance in Coimbra’s Wolf, as she also did last year for her performance in Eden. The actress had a special year at this edition, showcasing four films at Premiere Brasil.
“I am really happy tonight, this festival will be marked in my life forever,” Leal told THR. “The film was really hard to make it and thank God I could count with a very talented director accompanied by an incredible cast and crew.”
The Audience Award went to Hilton Lacerda‘s Tattoo (Tatuagem), which nabbed a total of five awards, including best actor to newcomer Jesuita Barbosa, best supporting actor (Rodrigo Garcia) and the FIPRESCI award. The film had also won at August’s Gramado Film Festival.
Guilherme Azevedo‘s Stories of Archangel — A documentary about Tim Lopes (Histórias de Arcanjo – Um Documentário sobre Tim Lopes) won the documentary section of the Premiere Brazil competition, while Best Short went to Setback by Bruno Jorge.
The best director award went to Cao Guimarães and Marcelo Gomes for their film The Man of the Crowd (O Homem das Multidões), a Brazilian take on contemporary alienation loosely based on an 19th century Edgar Allan Poe story.
Actor Lazaro Ramos was one of the Premiere Brazil jurors, and spoke to THR about the quality of the films selected at this year’s edition. “We had no preachy day, we always had something new to think, to learn, and to have fun with the cinema that has been done here in Brazil,” he said.
The Rio Film Festival screened more than 400 films in 15 days at more than 30 venues around the city, selling more than 300,000 tickets.
The festival’s director Ilda Santiago director of the festival also talked to THR about the success of the 15th edition: “It was a historic edition for everything that happened, it was very intense, but mostly it was very important to be with producers, directors, to receive so many people around the world, it was a unique experience.”
The executive director also mentioned the role of the festival during the conflicts that happened at Cine Odeon’s area, where striking teacher’s held protests all throughout the festival. Gala screenings had to be canceled and reschedule for the safety of the audience. “It’s good that the fest can actually be a stage of reflection, of discussion,” she said.
At the end of the event, directors and producers were invited to the stage showing a banner with the words: “For the demilitarization of the police and politics. Culture and education together in this fight.”
Santiago says for the next edition, the idea is to be increasingly present in the whole city: “We want to offer a festival that is popular and that please everyone and to have more and more people coming from around the world looking for Brazilian projects.”
See the complete list of winners:
Prizes of the Official Jury
President Fabiano Canosa, Doris Hegner, Helena Ignez, Lázaro Ramos and Marie-Pierre Macia
Best Fiction Feature
Shared between DE MENOR (Underage) by Caru Alves de Souza and O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA (A Wolf At The Door) by Fernando Coimbra
Best Feature Length Documentary
HISTÓRIAS DE ARCANJORio – UM DOCUMENTÁRIO SOBRE TIM LOPES (Stories of Archangel – A Documentary About Tim Lopes) by Guilherme Azevedo
With jury honorary mentions for CATIVAS – PRESAS PELO CORAÇÃO (Captive Hearts) by Joana Nin and DAMAS DO SAMBA (Samba Ladies) by Susanna Lira
CONTRATEMPO (Setback), by Bruno Jorge
Cao Guimaraes and Marcelo Gomes for O HOMEM DAS MULTIDÕES
(The Man of the Crowd)
Jesuita Barbosa for TATUAGEM (Tattoo) directed by Hilton Lacerda
With a jury honorary mention for Francisco Gaspar for his work in ESTRADA 47 (Road 47)
Leandra Leal, for O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA (A Wolf At The Door) directed by
This is second year in a row Leandra Leal has taken best actress award.
In 2012 she received this for her performance in director Bruno Safadi’s EDEN
Best Supporting Actress
Martha Nowill for ENTRE NÓS (Sheep’s Clothing) directed by Paulo Morelli
Best Supporting Actor
Rodrigo Garcia for TATUAGEM (Tattoo) directed by Hilton Lacerda
With jury honorary mentions for Silvio Guindane for his performance in JOGO DAS DECAPITAÇÕES (The Beheading Game) and for Julio Andrade for ENTRE NÓS (Sheep’s Clothing)
Paulo Morelli for ENTRE NÓS (Sheep’s Clothing)
Mair Tavares for A ESTRADA 47 (Road 47) directed by Vicente Ferraz
Pedro Urano for QUASE SAMBA (Lyrics) directed by Ricardo Targino
Special Jury Prize – Documentary
A FARRA DO CIRCO (Ruckus At The Circus), by Roberto Berliner and Pedro Bronz
Special Jury Prize – Fiction Feature
TATUAGEM (Tattoo) by Hilton Lacerda
Prizes of the Novos Rumos (New Trends) Jury
Jury President Anna Azevedo and composed of Maria Flor and António Ferreira
Best Feature Film
TÃO LONGE É AQUI (Here Is So Far) by Eliza Capai
With a jury honorary mention for O MENINO E O MUNDO (The Boy And The World) by Alê Abreu
TODOS ESSES DIAS EM QUE SOU ESTRANGEIRO (All These Days When I Am Foreign) by Eduardo Morotó
With a jury honorary mention for LIÇÃO DE ESQUI (Ski Lessons) by Leonardo Mouramateus, Samuel Brasileiro
Public Audience Awards
Best Fiction Feature
TATUAGEM (Tattoo) by Hilton LACERDA
Best Feature Length Documentary
FLA X FLU by Renato Terra
JESSY by Paula Lice, Rodrigo Luna, and Ronei Jorge
The international FIPRESCI jury presided over by Carmen Gray (UK), and made up of Juan Manuel Dominguez (Argentina) and Brazilian critics Ricardo Largman and Luiz Fernando Gallego gave their prize for best Latina American film in the festival to:
Hilton Lacerda for his film TATUAGEM (Tattoo)
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