Brazil's most prominent film event, the Festival do Rio BR, will showcase up to 400 films in more than seventeen sidebars. Running from September 26 to October 10, the festival will include the latest works by internationally renowned directors led by Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Arturo Ripstein, Atom Egoyan and Costa-Gavras.
Among celebrity guests, directors Roman Polanski, Bertrand Tavernier, Tom Tykwer, John Madden, Neil Labute, Fernando Trueba, Pablo Trapero, Carlos Reygadas and Costa Gavras have confirmed their attendance.
The sidebars include a selection of recent German cinema in Focus Germany, award winning Latin American movies in Premiere Latin America, and restored Mexican cinema dating from the 40s and 50s in Mexican Melodrama.
Brazilian films in the Premiere Brazil sidebar will compete for a cash prize of 200,000 Reals (est $67,000) for best feature film; 100,000 Reals ($34,000) for best documentary and 10,000 Reals ($3,500) for best short film. Audiences will select the two latter prize winners.