RIO DE JANEIRO — The ninth Rio Intl. Film Fest wrapped Oct. 4 with Marcos Jorge’s “Estomago — A Gastronomic Story,” an acid comedy about a poor immigrant cook in Sao Paulo, nabbing Redeemer kudos for director, actor (Joao Miguel), jury prize (for actor Babu Santana) and audience feature.
Sandra Kogut’s “Mutum,” the portrait of rural Brazil through the eyes of a kid, got the jury’s feature prize.
Carlas Ribas nabbed actress for her depiction of a mother in a dysfunctional low-middle class family in “Alice’s House.”
Roberto Mader’s “Condor,” an inventory of the military dictatorship years in South America, drew the jury’s feature doc award. A doc with a comparable theme, Beth Formaggini’s “Memories for Daily Use,” centered on human rights violations during Brazil’s military regime, nabbed the kudos for feature doc of the audience and the local filmmakers association ABD&C.
Fest closing night Oct. 3 saw the world premiere of Mike Newell’s “Love in the Time of Cholera.”
Fipresci gave its Lifetime Achievement award to Brazilian actress Fernanda Montenegro. The association granted its Latin feature kudo for Mexican Carlos Reygadas’ “Stellet Light.”
Once again the massive moviegoers’ participation was the highlight of the Rio Fest. Organizers said more than 250,000 tickets were sold to screenings of over 300 pics in 26 screens and 10 tents in Rio.