RIO DE JANEIRO — Helmer Emily Atef’s German drama “The Stranger in Me” nabbed the top kudos of the 32nd edition of the Sao Paulo Film Fest, held Oct. 16-30 in South America’s largest city.
“Stranger” got the feature kudo, as well as a special actress award for Susanne Wolff. According to fest rules, the jury is free to decide on the quantity and type of prizes it will distribute to pics includedon a shortlist that auds select by vote. The list is limited to first or second features.
The jury was comprised of helmers Hugh Hudson (U.K.), Jorge Bodanzky (Brazil), Nicolas Klotz (France) and Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran) and German producer Meinolf Zurhorst.
The doc jury, comprised of local helmers Heitor Dhalia and Laiz Bodanzky and producer Caio Gullane, gave the doc kudo to Rajesh S. Jala’s “Children of the Pyre,” an Indian production.
For the audience awards, all features screening in the fest were eligible. Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Jodhaa Akbar,” an Indian pic, took home the aud’s foreign feature kudo. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love,” about the Senegalese pop star, received the aud foreign doc kudo, while Paulo Henrique Fontenelle’s “Loki — Arnaldo Batista,” about the former lead singer of Tropicalia band Mutantes, received the aud Brazilian doc award.
Matheus de Souza’s “Apenas o fim” (That’s It) nabbed the aud Brazilian feature kudo. Souza’s debut pic also received a prize from local post-production facility Teleimage.
Miguel Gomes’ “Aquele querido mes de agosto” (That Dearest August Month), a Portuguese production, earned the crix kudo. Helmer Mauricio Farias’ “Veronica” received the youth award, selected by high school moviegoers.
The fest wrapped Oct. 30 with a musical performance by Portuguese star Maria de Medeiros. German helmer Wim Wenders and Benicio Del Toro, who presented “Che,” were among international talent attending the fest.