Two films were announced as the top winners at the 15th edition of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival: Underage / De Menor (pictured) by Caru Alves de Souza, (pictured) and Wolf At The Door / O Lobo Atrás Da Porta by Fernando Coimbra. The winners, both which happen to be first films, were awarded with the Redentor Award for Best Fiction Film in the Premiere Brazil competitive section of the festival. Cao Guimarães and Marcelo Gomes shared the Best Director award for The Man of the Crowd / O Homem Das Multidoes.
Souza’s Underage follows the steps of a young woman, Helena (Rita Batata), a recently graduated attorney that shares her routine between her job and taking care of a teenager, Caio. Wolf At The Door is about a kidnapping with acclaimed Brazilian actress Leandra Leal playing a mistress of the father whose child has been abducted. This is Leal’s second consecutive time winning the Best Actress award at The Rio Festival.
Stories of Arcanjo / Historias De Arcanjo- Um Documentário sobre Tim Lopes by Guilherme Azevedo won the Best Documentary prize, and Paulo Morelli took the Best Screenplay prize for Sheep’s Clothing / Entre Nós. The Special Jury prize for Best Fiction Feature was awarded to Hilton Lacerda’s debut, Tattoo / Tatuagem, which won other awards at the festival. The Special Jury award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to Ruckus at The Circus / A Farra Do Circo by Roberto Berliner and Pedro Bronz. The official Jury consisted of President Fabiano Canosa with Doris Hegner, Helena Ignez, Lázaro Ramos and Marie-Pierre Macia.
President Anna Azevedo, Maria Flor, and António Ferreira formed part of The New Trends jury or Novos Rumos, which awarded prizes to: Eliza Capai, Best Feature Film award for Here Is So Far / Tão Longe é Aqui. For Best Short in this category, the prize went to All These Days When I am Foreign / Todos Esses Dias em Que Sou Estrangeiro by Eduardo Morotó.
The Rio International Film Festival took place during September 26 through October 10, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.