Top brass at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival have revealed the 11 features and eight documentaries that will compete for the Redentor prizes.
The selection sees a healthy mix of first-time filmmakers up against established industry names from more than a dozen states including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, Pernambuco, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Ceará, Paraíba and Santa Catarina.
Last year’s top Redentor prize went to first-time filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho’s O Som Ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds), which earned the best film and screenplay honours.
Premiere Brazil 2013 full competition selection:
De Menor (Underage), dir Caru Alves de Souza (São Paulo);
Entre Nós (Sheep’s Clothing), dir Paulo Morelli (Sao Paulo);
Estrada 47 - A Montanha (Road 47 - The Mountain), dir Vicente Ferraz (São Paulo) – world premiere;
O Homem Das Multidões (The Man Of The Crowd), dir Marcelo Gomes & Cao Guimarães (Minas Gerais) – world premiere;
Jogo Das Decapitações (Beheadings Game), dir Sérgio Bianchi (São Paulo) – world premiere;
O Lobo Atrás Da Porta (A Wolf at the Door), dir Fernando Coimbra (São Paulo) – world premiere;
Os Amigos (Best Friends), dir Lina Chamie (São Paulo);
Periscópio (Periscope), by Kiko Goifman (São Paulo) – world premiere;
Quase Samba (Lyrics), dir Ricardo Targino (Rio de Janeiro) – world premiere;
Tatuagem (Tattoo), dir Hilton Lacerda (Pernambuco); and
Minutos Atrás (Past Minute), dir Caio Sóh (Rio de Janeiro).
A Farra Do Circo (Ruckus In The Circus), dir Roberto Berliner and Pedro Bronz (Rio de Janeiro) – world premiere;
A Gente (Custodians), dir Aly Muritiba (Paraná) – world premiere;
Cativas, Presas Pelo Coração (Captive Hearts), dir Joana Nin (Paraná) – world premiere;
Cidade De Deus - 10 Anos Depois (City Of God - 10 Years Later), dir Cavi Borges, Luciano Vidigal (Rio de Janeiro) – world premiere;
Conversa Com JH (Writers Block), dir Ernesto Rodrigues (Rio de Janeiro) – world premiere;
Damas Do Samba (Samba Ladies), dir Susanna Lira (Rio de Janeiro) – world premiere;
FLA x FLU (Fla x Flu), dir Renato Terra (São Paulo) – world premiere; and
Histórias De Arcanjo - Um Documentário Sobre Tim Lopes (Stories Of Arcanjo - A Documentary About Tim Lopes), dir Guilherme Azevedo (Rio de Janeiro).
Première Brazil films in competition compete for the Redentor trophy. Eleven awards are presented by the official festival jury: best fiction feature film, best feature documentary, best short film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, best screenplay, best photography and best editing.
As well as receiving official jury awards, the films are also eligible for public awards in the categories of best fiction feature film, best feature documentary and best short film by popular vote.
Festival do Rio 2013 is set to run from Sept 26-Oct 10. For further details visit the official website.