Order of the Carnival Parades 2023

In 2023 the main parades of the Grupo Especial in Rio de Janeiro’s carnival are currently scheduled to take place on the nights of Sunday, 19 February and Monday, 20 February 2022. The 12 schools and the order that they will parade in 2023 are:

Sunday, 19 February 2023

  • Imperil Serrano
  • Grande Rio
  • Mocidade
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Salgueiro
  • Mangueira

Monday, 20 February 2023

  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Portela
  • Vila Isabel
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Beija-Flor
  • Viradouro

 

Grande Rio – Champions of 2022 Carnival

Great Rio! – And it is Grande Rio from Duque de Caxias that are finally the champions of Rio’s carnival after scoring 269.9 points out of a possible 270, having just missed out in 2020, and on three other occasions. Beija-Flor came second with 269.6; and Viradouro, champions in 2020, third with 269.4. São Clemente were relegated. The full scores are:

  • Grande Rio (269.6 out of 270) 
  • Beija-Flor (269.4)
  • Viradouro (269.4)
  • Vila Isabel (269.2)
  • Portela (269.1) 
  • Salgueiro (268.3) 
  • Mangueira (268.2) 
  • Mocidade (268.2)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (267.8)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (266,7) 
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (266.4) 
  • Sao Clemente (263.7)

New Carnaval Logo

The League of Samba Schools (LIESA ) has launched a new logo to be used at Rio’s carnival, and during the parades that will now take place on 22 and 23 April.

“Rio Carnaval” is imagined to reflect the movement of the “porta-bandeira”, the school’s standard-bearer, from above. It is the work of one of Brazil’s leading design agencies, Tátil Design, that was involved in developing the logo marks for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Winners at Festival do Rio in 2021

The awards for the 23rd Festival do Rio were announced and presented during a ceremony at Sala 1 of Estação NET Botafogo on Sunday, 19 December 2021. 

Première Brasil – Redentor Trophy – 2021

Jury: Patrícia Andrade (president), Bia Salgado, Gustavo Pizzi, Quito Ribeiro and Suzana Pires

Best Fiction FeatureMedusa, by Anita Rocha da Silveira

Best Documentary: Rolê – Histórias dos rolezinhos, by Vladimir Seixas

Best Short: Solitude, by Tami Martins and Aron Miranda

Special Jury Prize: Medida provisória, by Lázaro Ramos

Best Director – Feature Fiction: Anita Rocha da Silveira, for Medusa; and Laís Bodanzky, for A viagem de Pedro

Best Director – Documentary:  Murilo Salles, for Uma baía

Best Actress: Tati Villela, for Mundo novo

Best Actor: Rômulo Braga, for Sol

Best Supporting Actress: Lara Tremouroux, for Medusa

Best Supporting Actor: Sergio Laurentino, for A viagem de Pedro

Best Screenwriting: Alvaro Campos and cast, for Mundo novo

Best Editing: Eva Randolph, for Uma baía

Best Cinematography: Ivo Lopes Araújo, for Casa vazia

 

Première Brasil – New Directions (Novos Rumos) 2021

Jury: Emílio Domingos (president), Alice Furtado and Mariana Genescá

Best Film: Rio Doce, by Fellipe Fernandes

Special Jury Prize: for actress Renata Carvalho, for Os primeiros soldados

Special Jury Prize (Honorary Mention): O dia da posse, by Allan Ribeiro

Best Short: Chão de fábrica, by Nina Kopko

Festival do Rio returns with the support of Mayor Eduardo Paes

As Rio de Janeiro emerges from the global pandemic, 9 December 2021, saw the return of its premiere annual film event with the opening of the 23rd Festival do Rio, Rio International Film Festival with the Brazilian premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers. Festival do Rio returns this year with the full support of the Mayor and city of Rio de Janeiro, as well as live audiences

“Our mission,” the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, explains “is to re-build Rio’s role in the audiovisual sector and strengthen the sector with investment, which we have already started to do. Rio as a city depends a lot on culture, as it helps to build the history and identity of our city and our people. Festival do Rio is one of the pillars of our renaissance on both the national and world stage.”

From 9 to 19 December 2021 the cinema going public in Rio de Janeiro has the opportunity to see both international and domestic Brazilian films. They include award-winners, some of the years most talked about and commented on productions, and rarities from the archives. The public also get to participate in debates, special sessions and lectures.

Navigating its way back after an absent year, this year’s edition is a compact  one, with 25 centre-pieces with sights on returning to a full-length edition in 2022 and new banner sponsors.

Première Brasil remains one of the most anticipated and popular sections of the festival, and the main competitive section that offers an important shop window for Brazilian cinema both internationally and domestically. Première Brasil also gives the audiences in Rio the chance to see the films and then meet and talk with the filmmakers and actors. The public also votes for the best film in the categories of fiction, documentary and short, while an official jury awards the festival’s Redentor trophy across a diverse range of categories from the films in official competition. In total 71 Brazilian films drawn from features  and shorts will screen across Rio in the Première Brasil section during the festival

 

“This year’s selection,” says festival director Ilda Santiago,”shows a strong Brazilian cinema, full of reflection which, despite far from ideal conditions, is ready to reclaim its place with the cinema going public.”

Among international highlights this year are Joe Wright’s Cyrano and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, both of which are receiving their Brazilian premieres. Also screening are this year’s Palme d’Or winner, Julia Ducournau’s Titanealong with Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman; Radu Jude’s winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn; Apichatpong Weerasethakul MemoriaPaul Verhoeven’s Benedetta; Andrea Arnold’s Cow; Nanni Moretti’s Three Floors; and Woody Allen’s most recent offering, Rifkin’s Festival, that premiered during the recent San Sebastian Film Festival.

Brazilian directors with films screening during Festival do Rio include Júlio Bressane, Karim Aïnouz, Bruno Barreto, Luiz Carlos Lacerda, Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, Luiz Carlos Lacerda, Murilo Salles, Laís Bodanzky, and many others.

The work of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai will be in the spotlight with the screening of five of the director’s most acclaimed films that have been restored by the director in partnership with MUBI. The festival also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the French film magazine “Cahiers du Cinéma” with the screening of some classic French works from Louis Malle, Robert Bresson, Chris Marker, Eric Rohmer, René Laloux, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard and Costa-Gavras, as well as an exhibition of the magazine.

The Greatest Restaurants in Latin America 2013-2021

As Latin America gets back to some form of normality, we have the list of what are considered to be the 100 best restaurants in Latin America “past and present”.

Due to the pandemic the organisers decided to come up with a retrospective list, which spans 12 countries and was created by aggregating the votes from all previous editions, all the way down to No.1, being crowned The Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021. The top ten are:

  1. Central, Lima, Peru
  2. Maido, Lima, Peru
  3. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  4. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  6. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  7. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  8. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  9. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brazil has 17 restaurants listed in the Top 100 and they are:

  • 3 D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  • 7 Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 11 A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 22 Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 23 Mocotó, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 41 Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 49 Manu, Curitiba, Brazil
  • 51 Oro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 54 Tuju, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 65 Evvai, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 66 Fasano, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 68 Glouton, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 75 Tordesilhas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 77 Soeta, Vitória, Brazil
  • 86 Arturito, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 88 Komah, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 90 Corrutela, São Paulo, Brazil

The short video counts them down:

 

Veja Rio’s best restaurants for 2021

In 1997 Veja Rio launched its excellent restaurant and bar guide “Comer & Beber”, which also chooses its best restaurants and bars in Rio for the year (it does the same for São Paulo). The list of the city’s best for Rio 2021 are:

  • Contemporary Brazilian: Oteque (Botafogo)
  • Barbecue / Churrascaria Rodizio: Churrascaria Palace (Copacabana)
  • Seafood: Escama (Jardim Botanico)
  • French: L’Etoile – Sheraton Rio (Leblon)
  • Italian: Grado (Jardim Botanico)
  • Pizza: Ferro e Farinha (Catete / Botafogo / Leblon)
  • Portuguese: Gajos D’Ouro (Ipanema)
  • Asian: Spicy Fish (Ipanema)
  • Japanese: San (Leblon)
  • Hamburger: Sabor D.O.C. (Leblon)
  • Veagan: Ganic Lab (Barra)
  • Gastropub: Pope (Ipanema)
  • Botequim / Bar: Bafo da Prainha
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cantón (Copacabana)
  • Ice Cream: Mil Frutas (Ipanema / Leblon / Jardim Botanico / São Conrado / Barra)
  • Breakfast: Café 18 do Forte (Copacabana)
  • Kiosk: De Lamare (Posto 8 – Ipanema)
  • Best Terrace: Boteco Belmonte (Ipanema)

Order of Rio’s Carnaval Parades in 2022

The main parades of the Grupo Especial are currently scheduled to take place on the nights of Sunday, 27 February and Monday, 28 February 2022. The 12 schools and the order that they will parade in 2022 are (and the 2020 results out of 270 points):

Sunday, 27 February 2022

  • Imperatriz (Promoted)
  • Mangueira (6th: 268.9)
  • Salgueiro (5th: 269.0)
  • São Clemente (10th: 267.0)
  • Viradouro (1st: 269.6)
  • Beija-Flor (4th: 269.4)

Monday, 28 February 2022

  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (11th: 266.2)
  • Portela (7th: 268.8)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (3rd: 269.4)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (9th: 267.6)
  • Grande Rio (2nd: 269.6)
  • Vila Isabel (8th: 268.6)