Felipe Sholl’s Directorial Debut THE OTHER END Wins Big at Rio Film Festival

The winners of the 18th edition of Rio Film Festival were announced on Sunday night at Espaco Cultural BNDS. Felipe Sholl’s directorial debut The Other End / Fala Comigo was the big winner last night, taking home the prize for Best Fiction Feature. Lead actress Karine Teles also took home the award for Best Actress.

The Other End is a story of finding love in unexpected places. Sholl’s short film (2007), similar in theme, won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale centers on two young men who meet in a public bathroom.

Cristiane Oliveira’s A Woman And The Father, another debut feature, took home three awards. Oliveira won Best Director, Verónica Perrotta was named Best Supporting Actress and Heloisa Passos won Best Cinematography. The award for Best Cinematography was shared with Fernando Lockett for The Desert Of Super Dara.

The Desert Of Super Dara also scored filmmaker Sérgio Oliveira a Best Director, Documentary honor, while Best Documentary went to Sérgio Machado’s Fight Of The Century. 

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Whirlpool, Jose Luiz Villamarim’s debut film, a story of two friends who meet decades later to confront childhood demons.

The 2016 Rio Film Festival took place October 6-16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.