Rio film festival reaches for ‘Sky’

'Squatters' nabs docu kudos

Full list of winners:

RIO DE JANEIRO — The eighth Rio Film Festival wrapped Thursday evening with Karim Ainouz’s single mom drama “Suely in the Sky” nabbing kudos for feature, director and actress (Hermilla Guedes).

Heitor Dhalia’s “Drained” drew actor (Selton Mello, sharing with Sidney Santiago of “The 12 Labors”), jury and Fipresci kudos. Story is centered on a perverse storekeeper at a second-hand goods store.

Evaldo Mocarzel’s “On the Fringes of Sao Paulo: Squatters” nabbed doc kudos.

Cao Hamburger’s “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation” drew the audience award for feature and pocketed a $9,200 prize.

Decio Mattos Jr.’s “Fabricating Tom Ze” nabbed the audience documentary prize and $4,600.

The jury was made up of helmer Nelson Pereira dos Santos, actress Christiane Torloni, Argentine helmer Marcelo Pineyro, producer Renata Magalhaes and Cannes fest curator Christian Jeune.

Once again, the 15-day fest saw strong public participation. Organizers sold about 250,000 tickets, up from about 230,000 last year, for moviegoers attending screenings of more than 300 pics in 34 venues in Rio, including the outdoor sessions on Copacabana Beach.

The fest screenings are the only chance for Cariocas, as Rio residents are called, to see dozens of indie pics that will never be released in Brazil.

Other highlights of this edition was the fest premiere screening of Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”

Event also hosted a number of business seminars and panels with industry execs. Some companies took advantage of the fest to announce deals.

Local production company Conspiracao Filmes, which produced Breno Silveira’s “Two Sons of Francisco,” the highest B.O. earner for a Brazilian pic in 15 years, announced it will make four features with Hollywood participation.

The features are Claudio Torres’ “Largando o escritorio” (Miravista/Buena Vista), Torres’ “A mulher invisivel” (Warner), Breno Silveira’s “Era uma vez no Rio” (Columbia) and Toni Vanzolini’s debut pic “Eu e meu guarda-chuva” (Fox).

Conspiracao will also make series “Minha estupidez” for local pay TV net GNT.

It also announced that Clifford Werber will produce the U.S. remake of Daniel Filho’s Brazilian hit “If I Were You,” which sold 3.6 million tickets here.

Full List of Winners:

Feature: “O ceu de Suely” (Suely in the Sky)
Director: Karim Ainouz (“Suely in the Sky”).
Actor: Selton Mello, “O cheiro do ralo” (Drained), and Sidney Santiago “Os doze trabalhos” (The Twelve Labors).
Actress: Hermilla Guedes (“Suely in the Sky:).
Documentary: “A margem do con-creto” (“On the Fringes of Sao Paulo:(Squatting”), by Edvaldo Mocarzel.
Short: “Joyce,” by Caroline Leone.
Special Jury Prize: “Drained,” by Heitor Dhalia.

Audience Awards
Feature: “O ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias” (The Year My Par-ents Went on Vacation), by Cao Hamburger.
Documentary: “Fabricando Tom Ze” (Fabricating Tom Zr) by Decio Mattos Jr.
Short: “Mauro Shampoo” (Mauro Shampoo — Soccer Player, Hairdresser and Macho) by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle and Leonardo Cunha.

Fipresci Jury Prize
Latin American Feature: “Drained,” by Heitor Dhalia.

Brazilian Assn. of documentary-makers and short filmmakers – Rio de Janeiro
Short: “Mauro Shampoo,” by Paulo Henrique Fontenelle and Leonardo Cunha.
Documentary: “Acidente” (Accident), by Cao Guimaraes and Pablo Lobato.
Special Honor: “Caparao” (The Caparao Guerrilla), by Flavio Frederico.
Special Mention: “Onde a Coruja Dorme” (Straight of the Point), by Simplecio Neto and Marcia Derraik.

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