Stray Dog (Cao Sem Dono) is the big winner of Cine PE - Festival do Audiovisual, one of the most important and prestigious Brazilian film festivals.
The event, basedin Recife (the sunny Northeast of the country), awarded as best film the drama about a guy in the middle of an existential crisis.
Produced by Drama Filmes, Stray Dog is one of the Brazilian highlights at Cannes Film Market this year.
The film is directed by Beto Brant, best known for The Trespasser, screened at Berlin in 2002, and Renato Ciasca.
Based on a book by Daniel Galera, it follows the life of a translator unemployed (Julio Andrade) who spends his time walking around with his unnamed dog.
What breaks his empty existence is an unexpected romance with a beautiful girl who struggles to be a model (Taina Muller, awarded as best actress). A sensitive portrait of a lost generation in Brazil, Stray Dog also received the critics award.
In its 11th edition, Cine PE is the Brazilian film festival with the largest audience in the country (around 3.000 spectators per night).
It's an important showcase for Brazilian films, with a tendency of revealing the local films that will attract international attention. The winner of the best film award last year was Lirio Ferreira's Arido Movie, selected for last edition of Venice Film Festival.
WINNERS OF CINE PE 2007
Best film - Stray Dog
Best director - Ricardo Elias, for The Twelve Labours (Os 12 Trabalhos)
Special jury award - 5 Fracoes de uma Quase Historia
Critics award - Stray Dog
Best actor - Leonardo Medeiros, for Not By Chance (Nao Por Acaso), and Sidney Santiago , for The Twelve Labours
Best actress - Tainá Muller, for Stray Dog
Best screenplay - Claudio Yosida and Ricardo Elias, for The Twelve Labours
Best cinematography - Pedro Farkas, for Not By Chance
Best editing - Marcio Canella, for Not By Chance
Best editing sound - Luiz Adelmo, for O Mundo em Duas Voltas
Best soundtrack - Andre Abujamra, for The Twelve Labours
Best art direction - Adriana Lemos Mroninski, for 5 Fracoes de uma Quase Historia
Best actress (supporting role) - Branca Messina, for Not By Chance
Best actor (supporting role) - Flavio Bauraqui, for The Twelve Labours
Audience award - O Mundo em Duas Voltas
Gilberto Freyre award - O Coco, a Roda, o Pneu e o Farol
Best short film - Vida Maria
Best digital video - O Jumento Santo e a Cidade que se Acabou Antes de Comecar