The delivery of the 43rd International Film Festival in São Paulo was held during the closing ceremony on Wednesday evening (30) at the Ibirapuera Auditorium – Oscar Niemeyer. The ceremony was presented by Serginho Groisman and Renata de Almeida.
The jury is formed by Beto Brant, Lisandro Alonso, Maria de Medeiros and Xénia Maingot.
North Macedonia, 2019, color, 85 min. Documentary.
Direction and Screenplay: Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska
In a secluded village in North Macedonia, Hatidze, a woman in her 50s, takes care of a bee colony. One day, a traveling family settles next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to loud engines, seven children and 150 cows. However, she is encouraged by the neighborhood and shares her advice on beekeeping, her affection and her special brandy. However, Hussein, the patriarch of that family, makes a series of decisions that can destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Germany, 2019, color, 119 min. Fiction.
Direction and script: Nora Fingscheidt
Cast: Helena Zengel, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide and Lisa Hagmeister
Benni is a revolted, aggressive and unpredictable nine-year-old girl. The girl was expelled from all schools where she studied and does not live with her mother, who is afraid of her. Social work hires Micha, a rabies control specialist, to accompany Benni at school.
Australia, 2019, color, 117 min. Fiction.
Direction: Shannon Murphy
Script: Rita Kalnejais
Cast: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Emily Barclay and Eugene Gilfedder
Milla, a teenager who is very ill, falls in love with Moses, a small drug dealer – to the despair of the girl’s parents. The young woman begins to have a new will to live, but little by little, she leaves aside traditional values and morality. She begins to show everyone around her – her parents, Moses, a neighbor who is pregnant – what it’s like to live with nothing to lose. Milla’s new behavior could be a disaster for the family, however, instead, she teaches how to see grace in the chaos of life.
Paradiso Project Award
All directors who had titles selected for the Brazil could submit a new project to compete for an award offered by the Paradiso Project, an initiative of the Olga Rabinovich Institute. The scholarship, worth R $ 30 thousand, is aimed at the screenwriter of the project under development and also includes national mentoring, international consultancy and participation in the Workshop Audience Design of TorinoFilmLab in Brazil.
The project awarded this year was Campo dos Lobos Guarás, in Barbara Cunha and Paulo Caldas.
Best Brazilian Fiction
Brazil, 2019, color, 100 min. Fiction.
Direction and script: Paxton Winters
Cast: Bukassa Kabengele, Débora Nascimento, Cassia Gil, José Loreto
Set in the labyrinth of a favela in Rio, Pacificado presents us with the story of Tati, a 14 year old girl who tries to keep her mother away from addiction, and Jaca, a former drug dealer who is finally free after spending years in jail.
Best Brazilian Documentary
Cry: Winged Marginal
Brazil, 2019, color & pb, 75 min. Documentary.
Direction: Felipe Novaes
Script: Felipe Novaes, Hugo Prata, Matias Lovro
Distribution: O2 Play
Documentary about the singer Chorão (1970-2013), vocalist of the band Charlie Brown Jr. With testimonials that encompass the singer’s private life and professional career, images from personal and media collections, the film goes through the history of one of the most important Brazilian rock stars.
Best International Fiction
South Korea, 2019, color, 131 min. Fiction.
Direction: Bong Joon-ho
Script: Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee and Yeo-jeong Jo
Distribution: Pandora Movies and Alpha Movies
Ki-taek’s family is very close, but they need to live with unemployment and a dark future on the horizon. His son Ki-woo is recommended by a friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid job as a tutor, which creates the hope of a regular income. Carrying the expectations of all the family members, Ki-woo goes to the Park house for an interview. At the residence of mr. Park, who owns a global IT company, he meets Yeon-kyo, the beautiful young lady. Park. This first meeting between the two families initiates an uncontrollable sequence of problems.
Best International Documentary
The Great Green Wall
United Kingdom, 2019, color / bp, 92 min. Documentary.
Direction and Screenplay: Jared P. Scott
Executive producer Fernando Meirelles (director of films such as Cidade de Deus, O Jardíniro Fiel e Dois Papas, which will close the 43rd Mostra) and Inna Modja, singer and activist from Mali, take us on an epic journey through the Great Green Wall of Africa -an ambitious initiative to grow an 8,000-kilometer “wall” of trees that stretches across the continent to restore the land and provide a future for millions of people. Crossing Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Ethiopia, Modja follows the flourishing Great Green Wall across the Sahel region – one of the most vulnerable places on Earth, where temperatures are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average – revealing the serious consequences of severe soil degradation and accelerating climate change. The wall aims to combat the increase in desertification, drought, scarcity of resources, radicalization, conflicts and migration.
THE Abraccine – Brazilian Association of Film Critics it also traditionally holds an award that chose the best Brazilian film among those made by debuting directors. This year, the elected was the longest Corrals, in David Aguiar and Sabina Necklaces.
The film was chosen “for the effective way in which it combines the documentary and fictional languages to carry out the essential historical rescue of an episode little discussed in our past and which reveals a lot, in its similarities with the present, our insistence, as a nation, not only to ignore, but to punish the poorest by their condition“.
Brazil, 2019, color, 90 min. Documentary.
Direction and script: David Aguiar and Sabina Necklaces
Mixed with documentary and fiction, we accompany Romeu, a fictional character who travels through the Northeastern hinterland in search of answers and remains of concentration camps where, in 1932, drought-stricken people were imprisoned in exchange for survival. Romeu stitches memories from real stories, documents and photos.
Jury – Abraccine Award: Nayara Reynaud, José Geraldo Couto and Pablo Villaça
The specialized press that covers the event and traditionally confers the Critics Award, also participated in the award by electing In the Eyes of Ernesto as the best Brazilian film and Honeyland as the best among foreigners.
Directed by Ana Luiza Azevedo, the long In the Eyes of Ernesto was chose “for treating loneliness realistically, without giving up humor; for safely betting on a narrative style that dialogues with both moviegoers and broad audiences“.
The documentary Honeyland takes the award for his “ability to immerse the viewer in such a particular universe and make them close to their charismatic protagonist while, through it, discusses the importance of the manifestation of an environmental and social conscience “.
Meet the critically awarded films:
Best Brazilian Film
In the Eyes of Ernesto
Brazil, 2019, color, 123 min. Fiction.
Direction: Ana Luiza Azevedo
Script: Ana Luiza Azevedo and Jorge Furtado
Cast: Jorge Bolani, Gabriela Poester, Jorde D’Elia and Julio Andrade
Distribution: Elo Company
Ernesto, a 70-year-old Uruguayan photographer living in Brazil, has been facing the limitations of old age – such as loneliness and growing blindness, which he thinks he can disguise for everyone. When he became a widower, Ernesto began to occupy the silences with a spinning disk, calls from his son who lives far away, trips to the bank to seek his meager retirement and the quick visits of neighbor Javier. But Bia, a careless dog keeper, runs over her life and puts her methodical daily life at risk. And Ernesto realizes that aging can be rejuvenating with the intense company of a girl who is not even thirty years old.
Best Foreign Film
North Macedonia, 2019, color, 85 min. Documentary.