Published in 10/15/2023

The 25th edition of Festival do Rio started on Thursday 5 October with the gala opening at the Cine Odeon and the screening of Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal’s “They Shot the Piano Player” (Atiraram no Pianista), the animated story of a music journalist on a quest, mainly in Rio, to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a young Brazilian piano virtuoso, Francisco Tenório Jr. It was the first time an animated film had opened the festival.

The opening at the Cine Odeon was followed by an equally animated opening night party for friends and guests of the festival in Gloria, above what people would quickly learn to be the new festival headquarters. A building as spectacular as some of the film on show.

Ten days on, on Sunday 15 October, the curtain will come down at the Cine Odeon on the 25th festival with the traditional presentation of the Redentor trophy to filmmakers on both sides of the camera from the competitive sections of the festival including Première Brasil, Première Brasil - New Trends, and the Felix Awards, that for the eighth year recognise films that celebrate LGBTQIAPN+- culture and topics.