Carnival Parades Move to April

Better to be safe than sorry, so despite the fact that Omicron may be on the decline in Brazil by the end of February, when carnival should take place, the sensible decision has been taken to delay the main carnival parades in both Rio and São Paulo until the Tiradentes holiday weekend in April.

So the main parades in Rio will now take place on Friday, 22 April and Saturday, 23 April and all tickets purchased for February will be valid.

The move to April may be good for international visitors as few will have booked for February given the global uncertainty with the pandemic.

Imperatriz, Mangueira, Salgueiro, São Clemente, Viradouro and Beija-Flor will parade on the first night with Paraíso do Tuiuti, Portela, Mocidade, Tijuca, Grande Rio and Vila Isabel going on the second night.

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:

 

Brazil Qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup

With a 1×0 win over Colombia on 11 November 2021, Brazil mathematically guaranteed its place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December 2022, and in doing so remains the only country to qualify for every single one of the 22 World Cup Finals, winning five of them. 

After the finals in Russia in 2018, Brazil is tied with Germany in playing 109 games in the finals, but has won 73 games compared to Germany’s 67. Brazil has also scored 229 goals in finals, compared to Germany’s 226. 

Follow the World Cup at www.worldcuptheguide.com

Veja São Paulo’s best restaurants for 2021

São Paulo is a city that rightly prides itself on its gastronomic excellence, offering not only the best of Brazilian cuisine, especially the barbecue houses, but also a truly eclectic mix of restaurants serving dishes from the four corners of the globe. For many food critics, São Paulo now boasts the best selection of top restaurants in the world.

For that reason alone you will want to know what are the picks from Veja São Paulo’s restaurant guide “Comer & Beber”, which like Veja Rio is celebrating its 25th edition. Not exactly the same categories as Rio, but Veja’s best in São Paulo for 2021 are (and see if you agree):

  • Best Overall Restaurant: Casa do Porco (Centro)
  • Contemporary Brazilian: Maní (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Brazilian: A Baianeira (Masp – Av Paulista))
  • Barbecue / Meat: Rubaiyat (Itaim Bibi)
  • French: Président (Cerqueira César)
  • Italian: Fame (Jardim Paulista)
  • Trattoria: Lido Amici di Amici (Pinheiros)
  • Pizza: A Pizza da Mooca (Mooca)
  • Japanese: Ryo (Itaim Bibi)
  • Arab: Shahiya (Moema)
  • Mixed: Chez Claude (Itaim Bibi) 
  • Newcomer (Asian): Kazuo (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Hamburger: Z Deli Sandwiches (Pinheiros / Centro)
  • Sandwich: Zoe Sandwich Shop (Tatuapé)
  • Botequim / Bar: Esquina do Souza (Perdizes)
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cuia Café (Edificio Copan – Centro) / Pão com Carne (Itaim Bibi)
  • Ice Cream: Frida & Mina (Pinheiros)

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)

“Deserto Particular” chosen as Brazil’s selection for the Oscars 2022

Aly Muritiba’s “Deserto Particular” (Private Desert) has been chosen as Brazil’s official selection in the Best International Film category for the Academy Awards in 2022. 

It tells the story of 40-year-old Daniel (Antonio Saboia), who has been suspended from active police work in Curitiba, in the south of Brazil, and is under internal investigation for violence. When Sara, his internet love affair, stops answering his texts he decides to drive north to the interior of Bahia in search of her, starting on what is apparently a fool’s errand. He shows Sara’s picture around, but nobody seems to recognise the woman, until eventually one man says he can put the two in touch but under very specific conditions. 

The film premiered and was very well received at the Venice Film Festival in September in Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori). It will open in Brazil on 25 November.

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)

Copacabana Palace Theatre to Re-Open

The famous theatre in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Palace Hotel is set to re-open in November 2021 after being totally refurbished.

The theatre first opened its curtains in 1949, but it has been closed for productions since 1994. The first production on re-opening is scheduled to be “Copacabana Palace – O Musical”.

The theatre now has 238 seats in the stalls and another 70 on the balcony, as well as a number of boxes.

Its return is a very, very welcome addition to Rio’s cultural scene.