Rio Film Festival Announces Winners

Blue Blood / Sangue azul (pictured) by Lírio Ferreira was the top winner at the 2014 edition of the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival receiving the awards for Best Film and Best Director in the Premiere Brazil competition. Starring Daniel de Oliveira, Caroline Abras, and Sandra Coverlone, the film offers a parallel between cinema and circus that speaks of the sea, art and love.

Twenty years in the time, on a volcanic and tropical island a 10-year-old boy was separated from his sister. The mother, fearful that an incestuous attraction would develop between the two, sent her son to the mainland with Kaleb, the magician from the Neptune Circus that had visited the island. On the mainland Kaleb teaches the boy the arts of the circus and the spirit, and the ex islander becomes Zolah, the Bullet Man. Zolah is now back visiting the island with the circus.

Chico Teixeira's Absence / Ausência was awarded the Special Jury Prize. In the documentary category the big winner was Point Blank / Á queima roupa by Theresa Jessouroun, which won the awards for Best Documentary Film  and Best Director. The Audience Awards were handed to Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa's Casa Grande and Rodrigo Felha's Favela gay.

The winner in the Novos Rumos section was Davi Pretto's Castanha, and Alfeu Franca's A deusa branca was awarded the Special Jury Prize. The 2014 edition of the Rio Film Festival took place September 24 - October 8 in Brazil.