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‘Man’ takes Brazilian fest top prize

'Cristina' nabs actress, screenply nods

MIAMI — The seventh Brazilian Film Festival of Miami wrapped Sunday June 8 with frosh helmer Jose Henrique Fonseca’s “O Homem do Ano” (Man of the Year) nabbing the top jury kudos.

Drama about an unemployed car salesman who, through a twist of fate, slips into a life of crime drew nods for film, director and lead thesp Murilo Benicio.

Fonseca is a co-founder of Rio-based shingle Conspiracao, whose member directors do commercials, videos, TV and theatrical films. Co-production partners on “Man of the Year” included Warner Bros. Warner will release “Man of the Year” in Brazil in August.

In other kudos, Denise Fraga took the actress prize for Luiz Villaca’s comedy “Cristina Wants to Get Married,” which also took the screenplay nod (Emanuel Carneiro, Mariana Verissimo and Luiz Villaca).

Walter Carvalho was tapped for cinematography for Claudio Assis’ drama “Amarelo Manga” (Mango Yellow).

Luiz Carlos Lacerda’s “Viva Sapato,” a comedy set in Brazil and Cuba, won the audience award for film.

In a debut category, thesp Debora Falabella received the HBO New Talent Award for her role in Jose Joffily’s “Two Lost in a Dirty Night.”

Now fest organizers are gearing up for Premiere Brazil of New York, a showcase co-sponsored by the Festival do Rio. The Rio event, held in September, is arguably the country’s most important local fest.

At least seven features will unspool July 24-28 at Gotham’s MOMA in what organizers hope will become an annual event.

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