Rio Film Fest kicks off with over 300 films

Arnaldo Jabor's latest opens event's 12th edition

BUENOS AIRES -- One of the largest film festivals in the region, the Festival do Rio opens Thursday with the much anticipated world premiere of Arnaldo Jabor's "The Supreme Happiness." This is Jabor's first feature since "Love Me Forever or Never," which in 1986 won the Best Actress award in Cannes for Fernanda Torres.

Promoted as "the heart of the festival," the Premiere Brasil is the festival's only competitive section and works as an annual showcase for Brazilian film production. This edition will include 80 films including features, documentaries, and short films.

Apart from individual focuses on renowned filmmakers like Bruno Dumont, Amos Gitai and Jerry Skolimowski, each year the festival chooses to shine the spotlight on one particular country and its filmmakers. This 12th edition will focus on the latest from Argentina, with a program of 18 films that include Santiago Loza and Ivan Fund's "The Lips," Anahi Berneri's "It's Your Fault," Natalia Smirnoff's "Puzzle" and Pablo Trapero's "Carancho," all of them potential candidates to be the Argentine submission for the foreign-language Oscar nomination.

The Rio Film Festival first took place in 1999 as the result of a merger between Brazil's two largest film events -- Rio Cine Festival and Mostra Banco Nacional do Cinema -- and is now one of the largest film events in Latin America, with 300,000 tickets sold in the 2009 edition and more than 300 films programmed this year.
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