Critical Divide’s Chris Pickard spoke on behalf of the LATA Foundation at the reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Latin America and the Latin American Travel Association in the Palace of Westminster on 21 March 2013.
The event provided a platform for the LATA Foundation, LATA’s charitable arm, to highlight some of the key charity initiatives being funded across Latin America and to appeal for new donors from the sector to help secure the £60,000 deficit needed to continue to provide the same level of funding for those most-in-need in 2024 and beyond.
Hosted by MP Mark Menzies, chairman of the All-Party-Parliamentary-Group for Latin America, and Colin Stewart, chairman of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), the ceremony brought together MPs and Peers, Latin American ambassadors, diplomats, LATA members, key media, and the wider UK travel industry.
The event celebrated the resilience of the Latin American travel industry following the COVID-19 pandemic and recognised leading personalities who have contributed most significantly to the positive images of Latin America in the United Kingdom.
This year, the late Derek Moore was inducted into the LATA Hall of Fame. A well-loved character of the UK travel industry, Moore worked as an overland tour guide before co-founding Explore Worldwide in 1981. Later, he became the chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and established the Derek Moore Foundation to promote sustainable economic growth and empowerment in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.
The special recognition award was given to journalist and author Chris Moss who has long been a passionate supporter and advocate of Latin America. During the pandemic period when Latin America was largely forgotten by the British press, Moss continued to fly the flag for the region, not only placing inspiring travel content but also illustrating important nuances between destinations when blanket travel restrictions were in place. Through his writing, he helped illustrate the reality of the travel restrictions on some of the often-forgotten members of the travel industry, such as the tour guides in Bolivia and Peru and the boat captains of the Galapagos, as well as taxi drivers, restaurant and hotel owners and fisherman amongst others.
Imperatriz Leopoldinense is the champion of Rio’s carnival, 22 years after its last title. The green, white and gold school of Ramos paraded on the Monday night with “O aperreio do cabra que o excomungado tratou com má-querença e o santíssimo não deu guarida”, of carnavalesco Leandro Vieira.
Imperatriz Leopoldinense travelled to the northeast to tell the story of the arrival in both heaven and hell of the bandit leader and folk hero, Lampião. It is the school’s ninth title and the carnavalesco’s third title having previously won with Mangueira in 2016 and 2019, in addition to having won the Série Ouro twice, with Imperatriz itself in 2020 and with Império Serrano in 2022. But it is Império Serrano that is relegated straight back to Série Ouro.
Porto da Pedra, which Critical Divide filmed in December 2022, topped Série Ouro, the second league of samba schools, with its samba “A Invenção da Amazônia”. The samba was based around a book by Jules Verne published as “La Jangada” in French in 1881, and “Eight Hundred Leagues of the Amazon” in English. The school will now parade with the elite schools of the Grupo Especial in 2024. 2012 was the last time Porta da Pedra paraded in Grupo Especial.
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2023 for the Grupo Especial were:
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (269.8 out of 270)
- Viradouro (269.7)
- Vila Isabel (269.3)
- Beija-Flor (269.2)
- Mangueira (269.1)
- Grande Rio (268.6)
- Salgueiro (268.5)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (268.3)
- Unidos da Tijuca (268.2)
- Portela (267.7)
- Mocidade (266.6)
- Imperio Serrano (265.6)
Vienna-based sales outfit Autlook Filmsales has acquired global rights for the new documentary Cannes Uncut featuring Tilda Swinton, Ken Loach, Sharon Stone and an extensive array of filmmakers, actors and film industry professionals.
Cannes Uncut revels in the glamour, red carpets, movies, craziness, stunts, deals, parties and personalities that sees the business of show business implant itself for two weeks every year on the French Riviera. It offers an exciting high-adrenaline, roller-coaster taste of what the festival has come to represent over the decades and what it might offer in the future.
With extensive insight from Thierry Frémaux, the head of the festival alongside Cannes regulars Tilda Swinton, Juliette Binoche and Léa Seydoux; filmmakers such as Oliver Stone, Lynne Ramsay, Mike Leigh, Quentin Tarantino, Sean Baker, Ken Loach and Wim Wenders; and a supporting cast including producers, journalists, photographers, executives, festival programmers, fashion designers, party organisers and hotel managers, the film takes an exhilarating look behind the scenes of the world’s most famous film festival.
The film is co-directed by Richard Blanshard and Roger Penny, and produced by Colin Burrows, Blanshard and Critical Divide’s Mark Adams and Chris Pickard and is ready for release later this year. It is created by Adams and Pickard.
“Cannes has always had this mystery and fascination to it. It is fun to be able to invite film lovers, industry insiders and red carpet enthusiasts to the Riviera to take a look behind-the-scenes” says Autlook’s CEO Salma Abdalla.
Critical Divide send all best wishes to the community of G.R.E.S Unidos do Porto da Pedra and its carnavaleso Mauro Quintaes. The Rio samba school parades fifth on Saturday, 18 February in Série Ouro with its samba “A Invenção da Amazônia”. The samba is based around a book by Jules Verne published as “La Jangada” in French in 1881 and “Eight Hundred Leagues of the Amazon” in English.
It was Porto da Pedra and Mauro who featured Ronnie Biggs in its carnival samba “Samba No Pé e Mãos ao Alto isto é um Assalto” (Samba On Your Feet and Hands Up. This is a Robbery) back in 1998. We spent an afternoon and evening with them in December 2022 as the school prepared for this year’s carnival. Mauro gave a great interview about Ron and 1998 for out documentary and then the school and community gave a magical, emotional and super charged performance of “Samba No Pé e Mãos ao Alto isto é um Assalto” over 20 years since it was first performed.
It would be great to see Porto da Pedra back in Grupo Especial in 2024, as they were in 1998. Boa sorte para Porto da Pedra.
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:
- 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)
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:
- Mangueira (62 points)
- Portela (60)
- Salgueiro (48)
- Mocidade (36)
- Beija-Flor (49)
- Viradouro (27)
- Grande Rio (34)
- Unidos da Tijuca (25)
- Vila Isabel (28)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (18)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (14)
- União da Ilha do Governador (5)
- São Clemente (4)
Since 1985, and the first parade along the purpose built Sambódromo, 31 schools have paraded in the Grupo Especial.
The top ten samba schools in Rio since 1985 are:
- Beija-Flor (493 points)
- Salgueiro (346)
- Mangueira (320)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (316)
- Mocidade (280)
- Portela (237)
- Unidos da Tijuca (204)
- Vila Isabel (186)
- Grande Rio (195)
- Viradouro (186)
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
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.
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”.