‘Neighboring Sounds’ Tops Rio Film Fest Awards

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Cesar Oiticica Filho’s "Helio Oiticica" was named best documentary.

BUENOS AIRES – Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds picked up two Redentor awards for Best Fiction Film and Best Screenplay last night at the closing ceremony of the Rio International Film Fest. A winner of the FIPRESCI award at the last Rotterdam fest, the film portrays life in a middle class Recife neighbourhood and the shift of balance with the arrival of a private security firm.

The Redentor for Best Director went to Eryk Rocha for Jards, a poetic and musical documentary essay on Brazilian musician and composer Jards Macalé, one of the most influential creators of the artistically rich 1970s in Brazil..

The awards of the fiction slot in the Premiere Brazil also included Juliana Reis, who collected three awards for her directorial debut AE-Autoexposure. The film won Best Editing, Cinematography, and a Best Supporting Actor award for Caco Ciocler.

Next in the prize count was director Jose Eduardo Belmonte, whose film The Gorilla got Best Actor for Otavio Müller and Best Supporting Actress for Alessandra Negrini. Leandra Leal picked Best Actress for Eden.

The international FIPRESCI jury presented their prize for best Latin American film to Daniela Seggiaro’s Berlinale-entry Beauty from Argentina.

This year’s Premiere Brazil selection showcased 73 new Brazilian features and shorts, of which 29 features and documentaries were shown as world premieres at the Festival do Rio.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 11, the Rio fest screened over 400 international and local films in more than 30 venues around the city. More than 300,000 tickets were sold.

International guests included directors Leos Carax, Roland Joffé, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, IM Sang-soo, and Hideki Takeuchi; and actors Kylie Minogue, Terrence Howard, and Rodrigo Santoro.

Full award list of Premiere Brazil: 

Best Fiction Feature
Neighbouring Sounds, by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Best Feature Length Documentary
Helio Oiticica, by César Oiticica Filho  

Best Short
Barrel Organ, by Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos

Best Director
Eryk Rocha, for Jards
Best Actor
Otavio Müller, for The Gorilla

Best Actress
Leandra Leal, for Eden

Best Supporting Actress
Alessandra Negrini, for The Gorilla

Best Supporting Actor
Caco Ciocler , for his role in AE-Autoexposure

Best Screenplay
Kleber Mendonça Filho, for Neighbouring Sounds

Best Editing
Pedro Bronz and Marilia Moraes for AE-Autoexposure

Best Photography
Gustavo Hadba, for AE-Autoexposure
Special Jury Prize (Image research)
Antonio Venancio

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Best Feature (ex-aequo)

Super Nothing, by Rubens Rewald  
Passinho Dance Off, by Emílio Domingos

Best Short
Song For My Sad Sister, by Pedro Severien

Jury Special Mention:
Jair Rodrigues, for his performance in Super Nothing Gambá, to the late actor for his performance in Passinho Dance Off

Audience Awards

Best Fiction Feature
Father’s Chair, by Luciano Moura

Best Feature Length Documentary
Jango Report, by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle

Best Short
Zéfiro Explicito, by Sergio Duran and Gabriela Temer