Rio once again becomes the city of celluloid for two weeks of international film screenings and movie business mogul-ings with the return of the annual Rio Film this month. Opening with a celebration of the Northeast's favourite son and would-be centenarian Gonzaga - de pai para filho, the festival will take in 400 films hailing from 60 different countries, spread across 30 different cinemas and screens in all corners of the city.
The Panorama section highlights some of the most important films unveiled around the world this year (including Spike Lee's notable newie Red Hook Summer), and Expectativa 2012 gathers up a selection from the world's festivals including Cannes, Sundance and Berlin. But it is the Premiere Brazil, with 22 films in the running, that will once more be the prize attracting the directors' eyes, with an animated movie competing for the first time in the form of Luiz Bolognesi's Uma história de som e fúria.
Four directors will receive honourary mentions and retrospectives, in the forms of Alberto Cavalcanti, probably the most internationally well-regarded Brazilian director, the 'living god of horror movies', John Carpenter, Manoel de Oliveira and João Pedro Rodrigues. There will also be an outdoor showing of Alfred Hitchcock's restored 1925 effort The Pleasure Garden as part of the UK Season, with accompaniment from Rio's Young Philarmonic Orchestra on Copacabana Beach (4 October, 8.30pm). Elsewhere representing the UK, Ben Drew aka East London rapper Plan B's directorial debut Ill Manors and two films from Mike Leigh, Another Year and A Running Jump are among the seventeen set to be shown.
The actor Jeremy Irons, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (the directors behind Little Miss Sunshine) and Roland Joffé are among the guest speakers forming the parallel event RioMarket 2012 in the Zona Portuaria's Armazem 6, from which workshops on everything from sound and light to make-up, keynote lectures and special screenings will be held.
Following the assassination of her husband, a pregant woman is exposed to the world of evangelism by the pastor that saved her life
5/10 9.30pm Odeon | 7/10 4.30pm & 9.30pm Roxy | 8/10 9.30pm Cinemark Botafogo
Rio Anos 70
Documenting the deep political and cultural changes during the tensions of late 1970s Brazil, from carioca attitudes to their music
28/9 5pm Odeon | 30/9 2pm & 7pm Roxy | 1/10 2pm & 7pm Cinemark Botafogo
Ben Drew aka UK rapper Plan B's hard-hitting debut feature of life in and around the East London estates he grew up on
29/9 9.15pm Sesc Rio | 2/10 2pm & 7pm São Luiz | 6/10 4.30pm & 9.30pm Fashion Mall
A Liar's Autobiography
Animated look back at the life of Monty Python member Graham Chapman, remembered through the voices of John Cleese and co
29/9 noon & 8pm Sesc Botafogo | 2/10 4pm & 8pm Instituto Moreira Salles
WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies
Julian Assange delivers his side of the WikiLeaks story, including how the huge volume of secure information ended up on his website
28/9 noon & 6pm Sesc Botafogo | 4/10 2pm & 6pm Oi Futuro | 10/10 CCJF 6pm
Anton Corbijn: Inside Out
An intimate look at the reclusive Dutch rock 'n' roll photographer and director of the Ian Curtis story Control by the likes of U2's Bono
2/10 1.20pm & 9.40pm Vivo Gávea | 7/10 5.30pm Sesc Botafogo | 10/10 6pm CCJF
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview
Resurrecting an old interview from the mid-90s with Apple's visionary leader, displaying his passion for the brand he made famous
30/9 2pm & 8pm Oi Futuro | 3/10 4.20pm Sesc Botafogo | 4/10 6pm CCJF
Remarkable time-lapse study of the North Pole's ice cycles using 30 cameras scattered across three continents during a gruelling expedition
29/9 2.45pm CCJF | 2/10 4pm Oi Futuro | 3/10 3pm Cine Santa | 5/10 5.30pm Sesc Barra
Following the people of Futaba, Japan, relocated to Tokyo after the 2011 tsunami left their small town in danger from nuclear waste
28/9 5pm Cine Santa | 29/9 2.30pm & 7.30pm CCJF | 3/10 4pm Oi Futuro
Documentary looking at Stacy Peralta's cult skate tribe of the 1970s, which included such luminaries as Tony Hawk and Rodney Mullen
28/9 11.45pm Sesc Rio | 30/9 4pm Oi Futuro | 2/10 5pm Sesc Barra | 9/10 3pm Cine Santa
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