Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 19th, 2011
A Brazilian western A HORA E A VEZ DE AUGUSTO MATRAGA by debut director Vincius Coimbra was the big winner at the Rio International Film Festival. The 13-day long event concluded yesterday after screening over 300 films. MATRAGA is a rural drama set in the country’s sprawling central farm lands where redemption and revenge are played out in classic good guys vs. bad guys style. The film won four jury prizes, as well as the Audience Award for Best Film. The jury and the public both agreed on the Best Documentary prize as well, giving it to director Eduardo Coutinho for CANCOES (Songs). The Best Director prize was awarded to director Karim Aïnouz for O ABISMO PRATEADO (The Silver Cliff). Brazilian cinema is hot again in the wake of the country’s economic strides, so expect to find these films on the international film festival circuit in the coming months.