RIO DE JANEIRO — Vet helmer Julio Bressane’s “A Love Movie” received the 80,000 reais ($27,000) Candango award for best film in the 36th Brasilia Film Festival.
One of the highlights of the fest, which wrapped Tuesday, was the first edition of an international film market for local pics that attracted 25 foreign buyers from 15 countries.
“Love” also received the Candango awards for cinematography (Walter Carvalho) and original score (Guilherme Vaz). Black & white pic is the story of three friends who gather in a Rio flat. Controversial Bressane is considered Brazil’s leading art, almost experimental, filmmaker.
Sylvio Back’s English-language pic “Lost Zweig,” drew kudos for actress (Ruth Rieser), script and scenario. Carlos Reichenbach’s “Garotas do ABC — Aurelia Schwarzenega” received the jury’s special prize and the awards for supporting actor (Enio Goncalves) and supporting actress (Vera Mancini).
Rogerio Sganzerla took the director nod for “The Sign of Chaos.” Vet Paulo Cesar Pereio, a legend of Brazil’s New Cinema movement, received the actor prize for “Harmada.”
Docu “Glauber the Movie, Labyrinth of Brazil” drew the public’s and the critics’ awards.
Tarcisio Vidigal, president of Grupo Novo de Cinema e TV, the film market’s organizer, said foreign buyers negotiated at the event the purchase of 40 pics — deals that would generate total revenues of about $400,000. He added it was the largest film market in Latin America.
Peter Goldwyn, manager of acquisitions of U.S. Samuel Goldwyn Pictures, said he was impressed with the market and will recommend that his company purchase Jorge Furtado’s “The Man Who Copied.” He said he’s also interested in Vicente Amorim’s “Middle of the World” and Jose Henrique Fonseca’s “The Man of the Year.”