NEIGHBORING SOUNDS Is the Big Winner at Rio


The Brazilian film Neighboring Sounds / O som ao redor (pictured) by Kleber Mendonça Filho's was the big winner of the 2012 edition of the Rio Film Festival which ran September 25-October 11 in Brazil, taking the prizes for Best Film and Best Screenplay. The film portrays life in the a middle class neighborhood in Recife, which changes with the arrival of a private security firm.

The award for Best Director was for Eryk Rocha for his documentary Jards about Brazilian musician and composer Jards Macalé, an influential local figure in the 1970s. The documentary film Helio Oiticica, made by César Oiticica Filho, the nephew of the late famed Brazilian visual artist won the prize for Best Documentary Film.