‘Beasts’ wins five Brasilia fest awards

Assis film also honored with the critics' award

RIO DE JANEIRO — Helmer Claudio Assis’ “O baixio das bestas” (Valley of the beasts) won awards for feature, actress (Mariah Teixeira), supporting actor (Irandhir Santos), supporting actress (Dira Paes) and score at the 39th Brasilia Film Festival.

“Valley,” depicting the violence and lack of morality in Brazil’s impoverished Northeastern region, was also honored with the critics’ award.

Carlos Cortez’s “Quero” won prizes for actor (Maxwell Nascimento), scriptwriter (Cortez), art director (Fred Pinto) and sound (Louis Robin).

Helvecio Ratton’s “Batismo de sangue” (Baptism of Blood) received the award for director and cinematographer (Lauro Escorel).

Vladimir Carvalho’s doc “O engenho de Ze Lins” (The Ingenuity of Ze Lins) drew the editing and the jury’s special prize.

Aud award went to Silvio Tendler’s “Encontro com Milton Santos” (Meeting With Milton Santos).

Fest wrapped Tuesday night with the premiere of Silvio Da-Rin’s doc “Hercules 56.”

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