Vinicius Coimbra’s feature directorial debut A Hora E A Vez de Augusto Matraga took the best film Redentor award and a handful of other senior honours as the 13-day festival came to an end in Brazil.
Matraga, a Western based on a short story by Guimarães Rosa, also earned the best lead actor award for João Miguel, supporting actor for José Wilker and a special jury prize. It was named best film in the audience awards.
Camila Pitanga won the best actress trophy for her work in Beto Brant and Renato Ciasca’s I’d Receive The Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips (Eu Receberia as Piores Notícias dos seues Lindos Lábios). Supporting actress went to Maria Luísa Mendonça for Tadeu Jungle’s Tomorrow Never Comes (Amanhã Nunca Mais).
Jury and audience also voted for the same film in the documentary competition, giving the nod to Eduardo Coutinho’s (Songs) As Canções. The special jury prize went to Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s road movie Look At Me Again (Olhe Pra Mim de Novo).
Karim Aïnouz took home his third best director award from the festival, this time for his love letter to the city of Rio, The Silver Cliff (O Abismo Prateado).
Best screenplay went to newcomer writer-director Odilon Rocha for the melodrama Prime Time Soap (A Novela das 8).
The awards ceremony at Rio’s Odeon Petrobras cinema honoured newcomer Eduardo Nunes’ spiritual tale Sudoeste with a special jury prize and the Redentor for best cinematography for Mauro Pinheiro Jr, as well as the FIPRESCI prize for Best Latin American film from the Première Brazil and Première Latina sections.
Petrus Cariry’s Mother And Daughter (Mãe e Filha) received an honorable mention and shared the best cinematography award with Sudoeste, while Roberta Marques Rânia was voted best film in the Novos Rumos/New Trends section of Premiere Brazil.
Best editing went to Jordana Berg for Marcelo Yuka: Follow The Signs (Marcelo Yuka no Caminho das Setas).
The best short award was presented to Cíntia Domit Bittar for Which Cheese Do You Want? (Qual Queijo Vocé
Quer?) and an honorable mention went to Wagner Novais for Child Time (Tempo de Criança). The audience award went to Bruno Melo’s In Passing (Passageiro).
Overall the festival screened more than 300 films and included the Rio Market component. The event ran from Oct 6-18.