Two Brazilian directors will have their films screened in the official section of this year’s Festival de Cannes
Carlos Diegues, who has had three films screen in competition at Cannes, will receive a special screening and the world premiere of his latest film “O Grande Circo Místico” (The Great Mystical Circus – photo). In 2012 Diegues’was chair of the Caméra d’or jury.
Sao Paulo born, LA based director Joe Penna, better known to his You Tube followers as Mystery Guitar Man, is to get a special midnight screening of his first feature, the thriller “Arctic” which stars Mads Mikkelsen, who headlined NBC’s Hannibal series.
Beija-Flor – Chamions in 2018
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2018 were:
- Beija-Flor (269.6 points out of 270)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (269.5)
- Salgueiro (269.5)
- Portela (269.94)
- Mangueira (269.3)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.3)
- Unidos da Tijuca (269.1)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,8)
- Vila Isabel (268.1)
- União da Ilha (267.3)
- São Clemente (266.9)
- Grande Rio (266.8)
- Imperio Serrano (265.6)
Grande Rio and Imperio Serrano are relegated while Viradouro has been promoted to parade amongst the elite samba school of Rio on 3 and 4 March 2019.
Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2013-2018), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:
- Beija-Flor (73 points)
- Salgueiro (72)
- Portela (66)
- Unidos da Tijuca (61)
- Mangueira (45)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (37)
- Grande Rio (36)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (33)
- Unidos de Vila Isabel (27)
- União da Ilha do Governador (18)
[Schools score 20 points for a win, 15 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 10 for 4th, 8 for 5th, 6 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th]
Guia Rio Show, the guide to Rio published by the city’s main daily newspaper, O Globo, has sent a team of reviewers out to visit over 200 of the city’s bars and restaurants to review them and to pick the and list the very best.
For the 15th edition of Guia Rio Show, eight of the 200 establishments were considered worthy of the judges’ maximum score. They are:
Fasano Al Mare (Seafood – Ipanema)
Gero (Italian – Ipanema)
Lasai (Contemporary Brazilian – Botafogo)
Mee (Pan-Asian – Copacabana – PHOTO)
Naga (Japanese – Barra)
Nosso Bar (Bistro – Ipanema)
Oro (Contemporary – Leblon)
Shiso (Japanese – Barra)
Veja, one of Brazil’s top weekly news magazines, has chosen its top restaurants and bars in Rio de Janeiro for 2017 from over 600 featured in the 22nd edition of the publication’s Comer & Beber (Eat & Drink) guide. Felipe Bronze of Oro in Leblon was elected “Chef of the Year”, the chef considered this year’s “revelation” was Nello Cassese of the Copacabana Palace’s Cipriani, while sommelier of the year was Jorge Nunes of Eleven Rio, located on the Lagoa. Laguiole in Flamengo got a special mention for its wine list.
Others to be chosen by the publication’s panel of judges include as “best in class”:
- Asian: Mee (Copacabana)
- Brazilian: Capim Santo (Barra)
- Cheap and Cheerful: L’Ulivo Cucina e Vini (Copacabana)
- Contemporary: Lasai (Botafogo)
- French: Le Bistrot du Cuisiner (Ipanema)
- Gastronomy: Eleven Rio (Lagoa)
- Italian: Fasano al Mare (Ipanema)
- Japanese: Naga (Barra)
- Meat: Giuseppe Grill (Centro / Leblon)
- Pizza: Braz (Jardim Botanico)
- Portuguese: Rancho Portugues (Ipanema)
- Vegetarian: Org Bistro (Barra)
After lodging an appeal with the League of Samba Schools, that are responsible for the parade of the top samba schools, it was decided that Mociade should share the title of champions of the 2017 carnival with Portela.
Mocidade had appealed after it learnt a judge had marked its Comissão de Frente on the wrong set of rules. They had dropped .1 of a point when it should not have done. With that extra .1 Mocidade’s score was the same as Portela. 269.9 points out of a possible 270.
It is Mocidade’s sixth title, having last won in 1996.
After a wait of 33 years Portela, one of Rio’s oldest and most iconic samba schools, is champion of Rio’s carnival again. And by the narrowest of margins of just point one of a point out of 270. Portela scored 269.9 with Mocidade in second with 269.8 and Salgueiro third with 296.7.
The last time Portela won the title outright, was way back in 1970, but it is still the school with the most wins, the first coming in 1935.
Due to problems with some of the big floats it was decided that no school will be relegated, but one school will still be promoted, so in 2018 thirteen rather than twelve schools will parade on the 11 and 12 February 2018 and two will be relegated.
The school promoted from Série A is Império Serrano, another historic and traditional samba school that won its first title in 1948 and most recent in 1982.
The full results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2017 were:
- Portela (269.9 points out of 270)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.8)
- Salgueiro (269.7)
- Mangueira (269.6)
- Grande Rio (269.4)
- Beija-Flor (269.2)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,5)
- União da Ilha (267.8)
- Vila Isabel (267.4)
- São Clemente (267.4)
- Unidos da Tijuca (266.8)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (264.6)
Mangueira, champions in 2016
The clock is ticking down to Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, the city’s first really big celebration since the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Rio de Janeiro is the most famous and the largest of Brazil’s carnival celebrations. In Rio the focus is on samba and the parade of the samba schools organised by the League of Samba Schools on the Sunday and Monday evenings.
The main parades of the Grupo Especial will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 26 February and Monday, 27 February 2017. The schools parading will be:
Sunday, 26 February 2017
- Paraíso do Tuiuti
- Grande Rio
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense
- Vila Isabel
Monday, 27 February 2017
- União da Ilha
- São Clemente
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
- Unidos da Tijuca
Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 22.00, 23.05, 00.10, 01.15, 02.20 and 03.25.
Up coming dates for Carnival in Brazil (Friday-Wednesday) are:
- 2018: 9-14 February
- 2019: 1-6 March
- 2020: 21-26 February
- 2021: 12-17-February
- 2022: 25 February-2 March
- 2023: 17-22 February
- 2024: 9-14 February
- 2025: 28 February-5 March
This new extension to the Rio Metro opened on 1 August. 16km long it serves five new stations: Nossa Senhora da Paz, Jardim de Alah, Antero de Quental, São Conrado / Rocinha and Jardim Oceânico. The last being the nearest to the Olympic Village and Olympic activites in Barra da Tijuca.
The journey between stations Nossa Senhora da Paz in Ipanema, and Jardim Oceânico takes 13 minutes. Between Carioca station, in the centre of the city, and Barra da Tijuca, the journey is just 34 minutes. From Uruguai, in the city’s north zone, it will take 50 minutes. It’s estimated that once the Olympics is over more than 300,000 people will use the line every day resulting in 4,000 fewer cars on the road during rush hour.
During the Games, between 5 and 21 August, the five stations will be open from 6am to 1am, Saturday to Sunday and from 7am until 1am on Sundays and holidays. Between 5 August and 18 September, only people travelling with RioCards or tickets for events will be allowed entry to this part of the metro.