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Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood” Tops Rio Festival

9 October 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood,” the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family past, topped the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival, winning three Redentor Prizes: Best film, director and supporting actor (Romulo Braga).

Top plaudits in the Rio Fest’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil panoarama rep vindication for Ferreira, who has made just three fiction features in 17 years, his previous movie, “Dry Movie,” dating from 2005.

Set up at Drama Filmes, and produced by producer-director-screenwriter Renato Ciasca, a longtime associate of Beto Brant, with whom he co-directed “I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips.”

Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” a big city coming of age story produced by BossaNovaFilms, won a special jury prize.

A vast 41-feature section, including docus and more avant-garde plays, Premiere Brasil works as an effective new talent platform. By their prize count, a clutch of new directors »

- John Hopewell

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Sangue Azul rules Rio awards

8 October 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The story of a circus bullet man who visits his home town in Sangue Azul (Blue Blood) emerged as the big winner as the 16th Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival came to a close on October 8.

The drama, shot by Lírio Ferreira – best known for Árido Movie – took three prizes for best feature, best director and best supporting actor for Romulo Braga.

The Redentors, the awards inspired by the statue of Christ The Redeemer, were handed out for the Premiere Brasil category at a ceremony held at the festival’s downtown Armazem 6 dockland pavillion.

Among the fiction features, Chico Teixeira’s Ausencia (Absence) and Gregorio Graziosi’s Obra took two prizes each. A drama about a boy in transition to adulthood, Ausencia earned best actor for Matheus Fagundes and special jury prize.

Obra, which follows the path of a man in search of his dark origins, won prizes for best cinematography for Andre Brandao and for »

- elaineguerini@terra.com.br (Elaine Guerini)

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Rio kicks off Brasil competition

25 September 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.

The heart of Rio International Film Festival (Sept 24 - Oct 8) has always been the Première Brasil programme, that has kicked off today at the Cinepolis Lagoon.

One of the most prestigious sections of the festival and the main competitive one, Première Brasil has served as the leading local showcase of contemporary Brazilian cinema for the last 16 years.

Over 40 features and documentaries will be screened until October 8, when the jury awards will be presented. The programme often anticipates what will be seen in terms of Brazilian cinema in the international film festivals to come. The most striking example was Elite Squad, which opened Rio in 2007, winning the Golden Bear in Berlin the following year.

This edition includes the latest work from established veterans, such as Murilo Salles, who will present Means to An End, alongside promising new talents, such as Gregorio Graziosi and Daniel Aragão.

Graziosi »

- elaineguerini@terra.com.br (Elaine Guerini)

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‘Absence,’ ‘Town,’ ‘Paradise’ Make Rio Fest Premiere Brasil Line-Up

25 September 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” Daniel Aragao’s “I Swear I’ll Leave This Town” and Andre Ristum’s “The Other Side of Paradise” world premiere in the Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil.

The Rio Fest runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 8.

“Absence,” “Town” and “Paradise” all figure in the feature film section. Also competing for Rio Fest’s top Redentor fiction feature prize: “Obra,” from Gregorio Graziosi, which bows at Toronto Discovery section.

Both “Town” and “Obra” are early sales titles on FiGa/Br, the new Brazilian sales label set up this year by L.A.-based FiGa Films.

Of other titles, Visit Films sells Fellipe Barbosa’s “Casa Grande,” also in the fiction feature cut. Playing out of competition: Pablo Fendrik’s Bac Films-sold “El Ardor,” an Amazon Western, first seen at Cannes, staring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga.

The world’s biggest new Brazilian pic spread, »

- John Hopewell

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