Our ten-day long marathon of discussing, debating and marveling over the best that contemporary Brazilian cinema has to offer came to a dramatic close this evening with the announcing of the Première Brazil prize-winners for 2015.

Best Fiction Feature went to Neon Bull, by Gabriel Mascaro, which also swept up three more awards: for Best Screenplay, Cinematography and Supporting Actress; and Best Feature Length Documentary went to Olmo and the Seagull, by Petra Costa and Lea Glob.

It's also a year of celebration for a new generation of filmmakers: first-timers Ives Rosenfeld (Hopefuls) and Anita Rocha da Silveira (Kill Me Please) were jointly awarded Best Director, and the cinema's youngsters also dominated the acting categories: Ariclenes Barroso and Julia Bernat won Best Actor and Supporting  Actress for their roles in Hopefuls; Valentina Herszage was chosen for Best Actress for her role in Kill Me Please; Neon Bull’s Alyne Santana was, along with Bernat, also awarded Best Supporting Actress; and Caio Horowicz won Best Supporting Actor for California.

But, by contrast, the Special Jury Award goes to veteran Ruy Guerra for Oblivious Memory. The Best Feature in the New Trends category was awarded to Seashore, by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon.

Hats off to another year of extraordinary filmmaking! We’re already looking forward to seeing you again next year.





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