Cinema going audiences in Rio de Janeiro have the opportunity during the 20th edition of Festival do Rio, to watch more than 200 films from 60 countries in 20 locations across the city. The films include some of the most critically acclaimed and talked about movies of 2018, as well as discovering many lost treasures from the past.
Among the acclaimed international directors whose work will feature at this year’s festival are Lars Von Trier (“The House That Jack Built”, with Uma Thurman); Gus Van Sant (“Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot”, with Joaquin Phoenix); Jean-Luc Godard (“The Image Book”); Mike Leigh (“Peterloo”); Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”); Jafar Panahi (“Three Faces”); Frederick Wiseman (“Morovia, Indiana”); Julian Schnabel (“At Eternity’s Gate”, with Willem Dafoe); Hong Sangsoo (“Grass” and “Hotel By the River”); Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum”); Olivier Assayas (“Double Lives”, with Juliette Binoche); Pablo Trapero (“The Quietude”); Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”); Dominga Sotomayor (“Too Late To Die Young”); João Canijo (“Fátima”); Teresa Villaverde(“O Termômetro de Galileu”); Julius Avery (“Overlord”); Emir Kusturica (“El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema”); Juan Vera (“An Unexpected Love”, with Ricardo Darin); Ryusuke Hamaguchi (“Asako I”& “II”); Denys Arcand (“The Fall of the American Empire”); and Steve McQueen (“Widows”, with Viola Davis and Colin Farrell, which is scheduled to open the festival), among others.
Other notable films screenings during the festival include the new version of John Lennon and Yoho Ono’s "Imagine"; the documentary "Kusama – Infinity" by Heather Lenz (Kusama is known as the ‘princess of polka dots’ and, at the age of 89, considered an icon of Japanese pop art; "Ferrante Fever" by Giacomo Durzi, about the enigmatic Italian writer Elena Ferrante; "RBG" by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, a look at the American Justice of the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at 85 years of age has become popular with a younger following; "Touch Me Not", by Adina Pintilie, winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin; "Shoplifters" by Hirokazu Koreeda, winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes; and "Burning" by Lee Chang-dong, an adaptation of a short story, “Barn Burning”, by Haruki Murakami and winner of the Fipresci critics’ prize in Cannes.
The festival will also be screening 84 films from Brazil across its various sections, including Première Brasil, one of the most anticipated and popular sections of Festival do Rio, and the main competitive section. The Première Brasil gala screenings and some of the international gala screenings will take place at Estação NET Gávea, Estação NET Botafogo and the Centro Cultural LSR – Odeon NET/CLARO in Rio’s historic Cinelandia.