‘Sounds’ nabs Rio fest’s top honors

Helmer Mendonca Filho wins for film, script

RIO DE JANEIRO Following the screening of more than 400 pics for over 300,000 paid movie-goers plus four nights of free, outdoors screenings on Copacabana Beach, Rio International Film Festival 2012 wrapped Tuesday Oct. 11 with Kleber Mendonca Filho’s debut pic “Neighbouring Sounds” nabbing the feature and script Redentor kudos.

The jury of Latin America’s largest fest awarded Juliana Reis’ comedy “AE-Autoexposure” with the editing, cinematography and supporting actor (Caco Ciocler) Redentors. Jose Eduardo Belmonte’s psychological thriller “The Gorilla” nabbed the actor (Otavio Muller) and supporting actress (Alessandra Negrini) kudos. Eryk Rocha, son of Brazilian legendary helmer Glauber Rocha, received the helmer kudo for “Jards,” a doc essay on Brazilian musician and composer Jards Macale.

The jury, comprised of producer Lucy Barreto, producer/helmer Marcos Prado, helmer/cinematographer Renato Falcao, and MoMA’s cinema department director Rajendra Roy, awarded Cesar Oiticica Filho’s “Helio Oiticica” with the doc Redentor. They granted Leandra Leal the actress kudo for her role in Bruno Safadi’s “Eden.”

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The aud awarded the feature kudo to Luciano Moura’s “Father’s Child” and the doc kudo to Paulo Henrique Fontenelle’s “Jango Report,” an investigation of the death circumstances of Brazil’s former president Joao Goulart.

Mendonça Filho, the night’s big winner, is a film critic and is seen as the leading figure of the promising new wave of indie, auteur pics by a generation of filmmakers from the northeaster Brazilian state of Pernambuco. “Neighbouring Sounds” portraits a middle class neighbourhood in Recife, Pernambuco’s capital, as a private security firm begins to patrol the area and impose new rules.


Best Fiction Feature

O SOM AO REDOR (Neighbouring Sounds), by Kleber Mendonca Filho

Best Feature Length Documentary

HELIO OITICICA, by Cesar Oiticica Filho

Best Short

REALEJO (Barrel Organ), by Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos

Best Director


Best Actor

OTAVIO MULLER, for his role in O GORILA (The Gorilla)

Best Actress

LEANDRA LEAL, for her role in EDEN

Best Supporting Actress

ALESSANDRA NEGRINI, for her role in O GORILA (The Gorilla)

Best Supporting Actor

CACO CIOCLER, for his role in DISPAROS (AE-Autoexposure)

Best Screenplay


Best Editing


Best Photography


Public Audience best feature

A BUSCA (Father’s Child).

Public Audience best doc

DOSSIE JANGO (Jango Report)

Public Audience best short


FIPRESCI – Best Latin American feature

NOSILATIAJ LA BELLEZA (Beauty), by Daniela Seggiaro, Argentina.


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