Fest Traveler: Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival

The music fans who flocked to the Rock in Rio megaconcert may want to stick around for the 13th edition of Latin America’s largest fest, the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival.

Fest unspools a few days after the music event ends, Oct. 6-18, in new waterfront headquarters in the port area, which is being completely renovated for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The fest’s highlight, once again, is its international component, as about 200 world film industry professionals are due to attend, and the massive participation of Rio residents.

This year, the fest will further extend its reach in Rio. According to fest co-general director Ilda Santiago, the number of commercial circuit screens fully dedicated to the fest’s programming will increase to 30 from 25 last year. The number of tents and outdoor screening venues, mostly in blue-collar neighborhoods, will range from 10 to 15, up from eight last year. She estimates that all together, screenings will bring in more than 250,000 admissions, including paid and free tickets.

“The tents and outdoor screenings in public squares and other venues are an attempt to reach the people who live far from the festival’s core,” Santiago says. “We mainly screen Brazilian films at these locations.”

For Cariocas, as Rio residents are known, the fest is the opportunity to watch about 400 pics, including some of the recent highlights of top international fests, such as Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse,” Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place” and Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter.”

Gus Van Sant and Bruce Beresford will attend to present “Restless” and “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” while actor Matthew Modine will present eight of his shorts. Thesp Willem Dafoe and producer Frank Marshall will also be in Rio.

This year’s focus country, Italy, is repped by 20 films, and a retrospective of horror pics of helmer Dario Argento.

The fest will also feature a special screening of Israeli pics and retrospectives of helmers Bela Tarr from Hungary and Patricio Guzman of Chile.

Premiere Brasil, the competition of local pics for the Redentor kudos, will feature a number of world premieres, such as Odilon Rocha’s “Prime Time Soap,” Beto Brant and Renato Ciasca’s “I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips,” Tadeu Jungle’s “Tomorrow Never Again,” Petrus Cariry’s “Mother and Daughter” and Vinicius Coimbra’s “Matraga — The Hour and Turn.” It will also include the Brazilian premiere of Karim Ainouz’s “The Silver Cliff,” as well as Helvecio Marins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina’s “Swirl,” Julia Murat’s “Jotuomba” and Eduardo Nunes’ “Southwest.”

“Premiere Brasil is the big international window for Brazilian features, as the screenings gather our guests from the international film community,” Santiago says.

HIGHLIGHTS

Oct. 7:
A day of panels focused on opportunities for co-productions and production service shingles around the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With the world’s attention on the Cup, the entertainment industry in Brazil is gearing up to not only do business with foreign production companies and producers, but also to showcase what local talent can do after the footballers and fans leave.

Oct. 8:
Day launches with a panel dissecting what’s working at the booming local B.O. right now: comedies.

Oct. 9:
Filmmaker and TV presenter Marcelo Tas gives a keynote on creativity and opportunities in the digital era, followed by a panel on the reaching the TV audience with Tas, producer Luiz Vale and actor Andre de Biase.

Oct. 10:
Facebook exec Jon Fougner delivers a keynote on how business can find opportunities in social media. There’s also a seminar on piracy and IP.

Oct. 11:
American Day features four panels that will tackle questions related to opportunities in Brazil and Latin America.

Other seminars and talks during the festival center on business ops between Europe and Latin America, and a focus on Canadian co-production. VOD, location shooting, the digital revolution and the future of the Brazilian market are all on the table in various sessions, which sport international array of participants including Steve Golin (CEO, Anonymous Content), Julia Wrigley (Film Channel topper, Channel 4), Juan Gordon (Morena Films), Andreas Eicher (Cine Plus Filmproduktion), Adrian Wootton (CEO, Film London), Olivier-Rene Veillon (exec director, Ile de France Film Commission), Joseph Chianese (senior VP, Entertainment Partners) and Steve Solot (president, Rio Film Commission).

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