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)

Carnival 2022: Day Two of Rio’s Top Samba Schools

Thanks to the Riotur.Rio team of photographers, a quick and colourful look at the second of two nights of parades of Rio’s top samba school. On 23 April it was the turn of Paraíso do Tuiuti, Portela, Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, Unidos da Tijuca, Acadêmicos do Grande Rio and Unidos de Vila Isabel parade.

The results of the Grupo Especial, which covers Rio’s top twelve samba schools, will be announced in Rio on Tuesday (26 April) starting at 15.00 local time (19.00 in London). The lowest scoring school will be relegated to the Grupo de Acesso for 2023, with the winner of this year’s Grupo de Acesso joining the top 12 in 2023.

Dates of the parade of the Grupo Especial in 2023 are 19 and 20 February.

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.

Rio & Brazil host Copa America 2021

Originally planned for Argentina and Colombia in 2020, and then moved to 2021 due to the pandemic, the Copa America was finally switched to Brazil at the very last moment with games taking place from 13 June to 10 July 2021. Brazil had hosted and won the cup for the ninth time in 2019.

Group games will be played across four stadiums – Nilton Santos (Rio), Olympic (Goiana), Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba) and Mane Garrincha (Brasilia) – with the final to be played at the Maracanã in Rio.

New Boteco – Boa Praça – for Ipanema

Many regular visitors to Rio in the 1970s, 80s and 90s will remember Barril 1800 on Ipanema Beach. Sadly Barril departed the scene in 2007 to be replaced by Bar Rio and then the Astor. But it appears Astor has not survived the pandemic and having been closed for nearly a year will give way to a branch of Boteco Boa Praça, a group that started life in São Paulo and opened a popular Rio branch in Leblon (Rua Dias Ferreira 12) in 2019.

The new Boa Praça is expected to open in May 2021 with plans for a third Rio branch in Barra (Av Olegário Maciel) by the year end.

No news yet as to what may happen to the upper floor in Ipanema that some will remember during Barril’s time as Jazzmania (1983-1994) where you could have been lucky enough to catch the likes of Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Marisa Monte, Hermeto Pascoal, João Bosco, Jorge Ben and many, many others.