Linha de Passe follows the lives of four brothers who struggle to rise out of poverty in Sao Paulo, while their single mother is pregnant again. The Hills of Disorder oscillates between fiction and documentary to tell the story of an Indian who, after wandering for 10 years, has an unexpected encounter with the civilised world.
In terms of box office in Brazil Linha de Passe has done just okay, with approximately 145,000 tickets sold since its opening in September. It is the 11th highest grossing Brazilian film of 2008, according to the last domestic ranking, released by Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market data.
The Hills of Disorder is at the 43rd spot in the ranking, with less than 3,000 admissions. The local champ of the year is My Name Ain't Johnny, the true story of the most infamous drugdealer in Rio, with more than 2.1m admissions.
The Sao Paulo film critics gave their special prize to Carlos Nader's Pan-Cinema Permanente, a documentary about the Baiano poet Waly Salomão. Djin Sganzerla was named the best actress for My Name is Dindi, the story of a grocery owner on the verge of bankruptcy, and Gustavo Machado was chosen as best actor for his performance in Oxen's Eyes, an adaptation of Oedipus Rex tragedy set in the backlands of Brazil.
Carlos Reichenbach won the best screenplay award for Falsa Loura, a drama about young women textile workers in Sao Paulo. The best editing prize went to Castelar E Nelson Dantas No Pais Dos Generais, a documentary about forgotten filmmakers from Minas Gerais state.
The awards ceremony will be held at the beginning of 2009.