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Nigerian production stands out at the São Paulo International Film Festival awards



São Paulo – The 44th São Paulo International Film Festival officially ended last night (4). Prizes and honors were distributed for this special edition, held online due to the covid-19 pandemic. There were 198 films from 71 countries in two weeks shown by streaming platform for the whole of Brazil.

The good news for those who missed the event, or missed any title of interest, is that the so-called recap has already started. Most of the films, 130 of them, remain available until Sunday (8). It is an opportunity for those who were unable to see the works during the show and also to check out the winners. The exhibitions continue on the Mostra Play platform.

The closing ceremony took place in the external area of ​​the Ibirapuera Auditorium, in São Paulo, for a few attendees who followed social isolation protocols. After the closing ceremony, the most recent feature by Dane Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) was shown, Another Round, which has a brilliant performance by Mads Mikkelsen.

Two Humanity awards were distributed; one for the American documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and another for the employees of the Cinemateca Brasileira, who resist the dismantling attempts promoted by the government of Jair Bolsonaro. The Leon Cakoff Award was also given to Sara Silveira.


The International Jury prizes were distributed in four categories. The members of a selected collegiate chose among the films best rated by the audience, who were able to rate the works at the end of each session.

International Jury

  • Best Fiction: Eyimofe (This Is My Wish), by Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri (Nigeria)
  • Best Documentary: 17 courts, by Davy Rothbart (USA)
  • Honorable mention: Chico Rei Among Us, by Joyce Prado (Brazil)
  • Honorable Mention: Thiessa Woinbackk, best actress for Valentina (Brazil)

The public vote is taken into account directly for the distribution of four other prizes. Chico Rei Among Us he was remembered again for his necessary and well-told story about the consequences of slavery in Brazilian black lives. The excellent There Is No EvilMohammad Rasoulof (Iran) has also won criticism by telling stories about how the death penalty can dehumanize executors, as well as making an ode to resistance.


  • Best Brazilian Documentary: Chico Rei Among Us, by Joyce Prado (Brazil)
  • Best Brazilian Fiction Film: Valentina, by Cássio Pereira dos Santos (Brazil)
  • Best International Documentary: Welcome to Chechenya, by David France (USA)
  • Best International Fiction Film: There Is No Evil, by Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran, Germany, Czech Republic)

Another session that distributed two awards is that of specialized criticism. Among the winners, the film Mosquito, by João Nuno Pinto (Portugal). The film also enchanted audiences with a sensitive and surreal war story, sympathetically described as “Apocalypse Now Portuguese ”, in reference to the 1979 film by Francis Ford Coppola, based on Joseph Conrad’s 1902 book Heart of Darkness, about the horror and madness that war inspires.


  • Best International Film: Mosquito, by João Nuno Pinto (Portugal, Brazil, France)
  • Best Brazilian Film: Glauber, Claro, by César Meneghetti (Brazil)

Two more awards were also distributed for this edition of the São Paulo International Film Festival. The Projeto Paradiso 2021 Award is a grant for screenwriters in the development phase. The winner was Guilherme Coelho’s Neuros project. The Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine) also traditionally awards a prize to the best Brazilian film by a new director. The winner was Ecstasy, by Moara Passoni (Brazil).

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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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