Animated ‘RIO 2096’ Wins Top Prize at Annecy Following its International Premiere at MIFF 2013

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Scene from Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury

Mark Adams, chief film critic for Screen, perhaps captured Luiz Bolognesi’s breathtaking new film describing it as “A bold and striking adult animated film that traverses 600 years of Brazilian history – past and future – the ambitious Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (Uma história de amor e fúria), fuses old-fashioned animation style with computer work and comes up with a film that blends legend with politics, finding plenty of room for sex, violence and mythology as it freewheels through the centuries.”

O Cinema Wynwood; Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury editor Helena Maura 
The $3 million 2D animation pic, which sheds light on four milestones in Brazilian history as told through the eyes of underdog survivors, held its international premiere at MIFF 2013 in March at O Cinema.
This past wekeend, Bolognesi’s debut feature won top prize, the Crystal award, at Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.  The win illustrates the flourishing of toon industries in emerging markets and is the first Brazilian movie to play in competition at Annecy where it received a standing ovation.
Scene from Chico and Rita
Flash back to 2011 when the first animated Opening Night Film in MIFF’s history was Chico & Rita (Chico y Rita), an animated valentine to Cuba and its music, featuring the collaborative talents of Oscar- and Goya-award winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle époque), famed Barcelona designer Javier Mariscal (and MIFF 2012’s poster artist) and Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Bebo Valdés.  The film shuttles between Havana and New York and conveying the blend of soul and scholarship that signifies true jazz devotion, and brings alive an almost unimaginably rich and resonant moment in musical history.  — Tatyana Chiocchetti

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Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.