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iW NEWS | “Nada,” “Festa” Lead Rio Fest Honors

iW NEWS | "Nada," "Festa" Lead Rio Fest Honors

The 10th annual Rio de Janeiro Film Festival announced its awards last night as the fest came to a close. Jose Eduardo Belmonte‘s “Se Nada Mais der Certo” and Matheus Nachtergaele‘s “A Festa da Menina Morta” led with two awards each. “Nada” took best feature and best actress for its star Caroline Abras, while “Festa” won best director and best actor for its star Daniel de Oliveira. The best documentary award was given to Pedro Urano‘s “Estrada Real da Cachaca,” while Helena Solberg won best director for a documentary for “Palavra (en) Cantada” (“The Enchanted Word”). The jury gave it’s Special Prize though to first-time feature documentary director Marco Abujamra‘s “Jards Macale – Um Morcego na Porta Principal,” a portrait of one of Brazil’s most defiant artists and musicians, and the festival audience gave its choice award to Matheus Souza‘s “Apenas O Fim” (“That’s It”). Finally, this year’s FIPRESCI prize for Best Latin film, from an international jury headed by Argentinian critic Diego Brodersen was awarded to Lucrecia Martel‘s “Mujer sin Cabeza” (“The Headless Woman”). The festival ended last night after 15 days which have seen more than 350 films from 60 countries presented at over 30 cinemas across the city. [Peter Knegt]

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