Carnaval 2022

It is “Parabéns” to Acadêmicos do Grande Rio from Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro, that are finally the champions of Rio’s carnival scoring 269.9 points out of a possible 270.

Grande Rio had 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.

Full results were of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2022 were:

  1. Grande Rio (269.6 out of 270) 
  2. Beija-Flor (269.4)
  3. Viradouro (269.4)
  4. Vila Isabel (269.2)
  5. Portela (269.1) 
  6. Salgueiro (268.3) 
  7. Mangueira (268.2) 
  8. Mocidade (268.2)
  9. Unidos da Tijuca (267.8)
  10. Imperatriz Leopoldinense (266,7) 
  11. Paraíso do Tuiuti (266.4) 
  12. Sao Clemente (263.7)

You can see phots of the parade from DAY ONE and DAY TWO at Critical Divide’s “Rio: The Guide”.

It is also congratulations to Império Serrano, one of Rio’s most traditional schools that has been parading since  1948, that has been promoted from Grupo Série Ouro, or the Grupo de Acesso, and will parade with the other 11 top schools in Rio in the Groupo Especial in 2023. São Clemente has been relegated in their place.

The next parades are scheduled for Sunday, 19 February and Monday, 20 February 2023.

Despite only coming 7th this year, Estação Primeira de Mangueira continues to be the top ranked samba school in Rio de Janeiro based on the results of the last five parades.
The top 12 ranked samba schools in Rio are now:
  1. Mangueira (62 points)
  2. Portela (60)
  3. Salgueiro (48)
  4. Mocidade (36)
  5. Beija-Flor (49)
  6. Viradouro (27)
  7. Grande Rio (34)
  8. Unidos da Tijuca (25)
  9. Vila Isabel (28)
  10. Paraíso do Tuiuti (18)
  11. Imperatriz Leopoldinense (14)
  12. União da Ilha do Governador (5)
  13. São Clemente (4)
Since 1985, and the first parade along the purpose built Sambódromo, 31 schools have paraded in the Grupo Especial.
Based on all those parades G.R.E.S Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, who came second this year, remain the top school and by a healthy margin.
The top ten samba schools in Rio since 1985 are:
  1. Beija-Flor (493 points)
  2. Salgueiro (346)
  3. Mangueira (320)
  4. Imperatriz Leopoldinense (316)
  5. Mocidade (280)
  6. Portela (237)
  7. Unidos da Tijuca (204)
  8. Vila Isabel (186)
  9. Grande Rio (195)
  10. Viradouro (186)

A Decade of “Brazil the Guide”

10 years ago in April 2012 we launched a labour of love, www.braziltheguide.com, which was followed two years later – in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup – by the much more complete www.riotheguide.com

The reason we launched the sites was that we were and still do get consulted about Rio and Brazil on a weekly basis and this seemed an easier way of telling people where to find the information and share it. We were also often asked when we would update “The Insider’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro”, last published in print form in 1995, and the web sites seemed the obvious answer. #brazil #riodejaneiro

Directors’ Fortnight Selection 2022

  • L’ENVOL (Scarlet) by Pietro Marcello Opening film (France-Italy)
  • 1976 by Manuela Martelli * (Chile – Italy)
  • THE DAM (Al-Sadd, السّد , Le Barrage) by Ali Cherri * (France – Sudan – Qatar – Germany)
  • LES ANNÉES SUPER 8 (The Super 8 Years) by Annie Ernaux & David Ernaux-Briot (France)
  • ASHKAL by Youssef Chebbi * (Tunisia – France)
  • LES CINQ DIABLES (The Five Devils) by Léa Mysius (France)
  • DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA by Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor (France – US)
  • LA DÉRIVE DES CONTINENTS (AU SUD) (Continental Drift (South)) by Lionel Baier (Switzerland)
  • EL AGUA (The Water) by Elena López Riera * (Spain)
  • ENYS MEN  by Mark Jenkin (UK)
  • FALCON LAKE by Charlotte Le Bon * (Canada – France)
  • FOGO-FÁTUO (Will-o’-the-Wisp, Feu follet) by João Pedro Rodrigues (Portugal)
  • FUNNY PAGES  by Owen Kline * (US)
  • GOD’S CREATURES by Anna Rose Holmer & Saela Davis (Ireland – UK)
  • LES HARKIS (Harkis) by Philippe Faucon (France)
  • MEN by Alex Garland Special screnning (US – UK)
  • LA MONTAGNE (The Mountain) by Thomas Salvador (France)
  • PAMFIR by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk * (Ukraine – France)
  • REVOIR PARIS (Paris Memories) by Alice Winocour (France)
  • TAHT ALSHAJRA  (تحت الشجرة , Under the Fig Trees, Sous les figues) by Erige Sehiri (Tunisia – France – Switzerland)
  • UN BEAU MATIN (One Fine Morning) by Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
  • UN VARÓN (A Male) by Fabian Hernández * (Colombia – France – Netherlands – Germany)
  • LE PARFUM VERT (The Green Perfume) by Nicolas Pariser Closing film (France)

* first feature film

Cannes Selection 2022

The 75th Cannes Film Festival will take place from Tuesday, 17 May to Saturday, 28 May 2022 and the official selection, including films in competition and Un Certain Regard, was announced in Paris on Thursday, 14 April. The festival will open with an out of competition screening of “Z” (Comme Z) by Michel Hazanavicius.

You can find the lineup for the 2022 Festival at Cannes: The Guide.

Ronnie Biggs’ Rio: No One is Innocent: Documentary

Business Doc Europe’s coverage of our Ronald Biggs documentary “Ronnie Biggs’ Rio: No One is Innocent” that we are currently making with TvZero and Canal Brasil for broadcast in 2023, the 60th anniversary of the “Great Train Robbery”.

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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.

Veja Rio’s best restaurants 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)

Cannes @ 75: 20 September 1936-2021

Critical Divides wishes Festival de Cannes and everyone involved with it over the years, all the very best on the 75th anniversary of the start of the very first festival on 20 September 1946.

The festival had been due to start in September 1939, but the outbreak of World War II closed the festival before it opened. Seven years later the 1946 festival ran from 20 September to 5 October and the festivities started in the gardens of the original Grand Hôtel by the American singer Grace Moore singing “La Marseillaise”.

It was said at the time that Cannes offered: “The finest films in the world presented in the finest setting in the world”. That spirit remains true 75 years on.

In 1951 the festival moved to its spring date that we now all know so well, and in May 2022 the actual 75th festival will take place and the celebrations can begin.

A celebration of 75 years of the best of cinema, glamour, business and more that is to be told in the film “Cannes Uncut”.

Joyeux 75e anniversaire.