Rio heaps prizes on Brazilian western ‘Matraga’

Fest wraps on high note

RIO DE JANEIRO — Vinicius Coimbra’s debut feature “Matraga,” a Brazilian western-styled drama, nabbed five kudos on the final night of the 13th Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, which wrapped Tuesday.

Pic, based on a short story by Brazilian writer Guimaraes Rosa, took the feature, actor (for Joao Miguel), supporting actor (Jose Wilker), special jury (Chico Anysio) and aud feature awards. For the first time in the Rio festival’s history, the same pic nabbed the jury and aud feature kudos.

In another first, doc helmer Eduardo Coutinho nabbed the jury and aud feature doc Redeemers for “Songs,” a nostalgia-filled journey through local music.

Eduardo Nunes’ debut pic “Southwest,” a black-and-white spiritual odyssey through Brazil’s northeast, took the special jury, editing and Fipresci kudos.

Karim Ainouz got the helmer kudo for “The Silver Cliff,” while Odilon Rocha nabbed the screenwriter kudo for his “Prime Time Soap”; telenovela star Camila Pitanga took the actress prize for Beto Brant and Renato Ciasca’s “I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips,” Maria Luisa Mendonca won the supporting actress award for “Tomorrow Never Comes,” and Jordana Berg copped the cinematography Redeemer for “Marcelo Yuka: Follow the Signs.”

More than 300 pics were screened at the fest, which also featured a busy market section.

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