12 Brazilian films in running for Oscar nomination

Brazil has announced the 12 films from which one will be chosen to be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles as Brazil’s Oscar entry in the new category of best international feature film (previously Foreign Language). The list includes two documentaries (“Humberto Mauro” e “Espero tua (re)volta”) and two films that premiered in Cannes in May 2019

The 12 films are:

“Bacurau”, by Kleber Mendonça Filho
“Los silencios”, by Beatriz Seigner
“A vida invisível”, by Karim Aïnouz
“Sócrates”, by Alex Moratto
“A última abolição”, by Alice Gomes
“A voz do silêncio”, by André Ristum
“Bio”, by Carlos Gerbase
“Legalidade”, by Zeca Brito
“Humberto Mauro”, by André Di Mauro
“Espero tua (re)volta”. by Eliza Capai
“Chorar de Rir”, by Toniko Melo
“Simonal”, by Leonardo Domingues

The jury to choose the film to go forward is made up of directors Anna Muylaert, David Shürmann and Zelito Viana; producers Sara Silveira and Vania Catani; diretor of photography, Walter Carvalho; screenwriter Mikael de Albuquerque; critic, curator and founder of the festival É Tudo Verdade, Amir Labaki; and the director of Festival do Rio, Rio’s international film festival, Ilda Santiago.

 

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Rio Samba School Parade Order for 2020

The main parades of the Grupo Especial samba schools will next take place in Rio de Janeiro on the nights of Sunday, 23 February and Monday, 24 February 2020. The 13 schools scheduled to parade and the order:

Sunday, 23 February 2020

  • Estácio de Sá
  • Viraduro
  • Mangueira
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti
  • Grande Rio
  • União da Ilha do Governador
  • Portela

Monday, 24 February 2020

  • São Clemente
  • Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • Unidos da Tijuca
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Beija-Flor

São Paulo’s Best Restaurants in 2019 according to Folha

Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s top newspapers, has published its annual magazine “O Melhor de São Paulo”, that selects the best restaurants, bars and specialty eateries in the city of São Paulo, the gastronomic capital of Brazil.

Folha had a specialist jury choose their favourites for 2019 and also polled its readers. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the size of São Paulo, the readers’ choice often includes establishments that have more than one branch in São Paulo.

So while it is difficult to eat badly in São Paulo, some of the restaurants you might look out for during a visit are.

Top restaurants in São Paulo according to the jury:

Best Restaurant: Maní

New: Charco

Family: Capim Santo

Arab: Sainte Marie

Asian: Komah

Brazilian: Balaio IMS

French: Ici Bistro

Italian: Evvai

Japanese: Aizome

Latin American: Barú Marisquería

Pizzeria: Carlos Pizza

Portuguese: Tasca da Esquina

Steak House: A Casa do Porco

Vegetarian: Quincho

Top restaurants in São Paulo according to the readers polled by Datafolha

Best Restaurants:

Family: Coco Bambu

Arab: Almanara

Brazilian: Mocotó

Hamburger: Madero

Italian: Familia Mancini

Japanese: Aoyama

Mineira: Consulado Mineiro

Pizzeria:

Portuguese:

Steak House: Fogo de Chão

 

Brazil wins its ninth Copa America

Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in Rio de Janiero’s Maracanã Stadium on Sunday 7 July to win its 9th Copa America. The victory also maintained Brazil’s record of winning the Copa America every time they have hosted it. Five times in total.

Brazil dominated the tournament, but it was the team’s first tournament win since picking up the Olympic gold medal in the Maracanã in 2106, and previously winning the Confederations Cup, also in the Maracanã, in 2013. It is a first Copa America title in 12 years.

Five Brazilian Restaurants in the World’s Top 100

Five Brazilian restaurants have been ranked in the world’s Top 100 for 2019. Highest ranked is Casa do Porco in São Paulo at number 39. Also in São Paulo are D.O.M. at 54 and Mani at 73.

Rio de Janeiro has two restaurants in the top 100. Lasai at number 74 and Oteque at 100.

For a full list of the World’s Top Restaurants visit The World’s Best

Virgin Atlantic to fly between UK & Brazil as of 2020

Following in the jet stream o Norwegian, it is now the turn of Virgin Atlantic to announce direct flights between the UK and Brazil. In this case a daily service as of 2020 from London Heathrow to São Paulo using the Boeing 787-9, Dreamliner, with an Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light offering.

This will be Virgin’s first South American route and it will join British Airways and LATAM Airlines in flying the London-São Paulo route direct, making Heathrow a very competitive hub to travel to-and-from Brazil and the rest of the south of South America.

Norwegian is scheduled to start flying direct to-and-from Rio de Janeiro and London Gatwick as of 31 March 2019. Norwegian will also use the Dreamliner. Briitish Airways also offers a daily direct service from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.

Mangueira Champion of Rio’s 2019 Carnival

Estação Primeira de Mangueira is the champion of Rio’s top samba schools for the 20th time in its illustrious history after scoring a perfect total of 270 in 2019. Second, with 269.7 points, was Viraduro who have only just returned to the elite competition.

The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2019 were:

  • Mangueira (270 points out of 270)
  • Viraduro (269.7)
  • Vila Isabel (269.4)
  • Salgueiro (269.3)
  • Portela (269.3)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.0)
  • Unidos da Tijuca (268.8)
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti (268.5)
  • Grande Rio (267.9)
  • União da Ilha (267.7)
  • Beija-Flor (267.6)
  • São Clemente (267.4)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense (266,6)
  • Imperio Serrano (263.8)

Photos courtesy of RioTur – the city of Rio Tourist Authority.

Brazilian Beach is World’s Best

15449770379_c35a1266f5_bBaia do Sancho, a beach on the small island of Fernando de Noronha, off the northeast coast of Brazil, has again been named the world’s best beach in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice awards. It is the third time the beach has been chosen as the world’s best.

Fernando de Noronha can be reached by daily flights from Natal or Recife.

A second Brazilian beach, Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, close to Arraial do Cabo in the state of Rio de Janeiro, was voted 12th best.

Rio’s Main Carnival Parades in 2019

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-22-27-23In 2019 the main parades of the Grupo Especial, comprising of Rio’s leading samba svhools, will take place on the nights of Sunday, 3 March and Monday, 4 March. The 14 schools parading, their samba and when they are scheduled to start, are:

Sunday, 3 March 2019

  • Imperio Serrano – O que é, o que é? (21.15)
  • Viradouro – ViraViradouro (22.20)
  • Grande Rio – Quem nunca… ? Que atire a primeira pedra? (23.25)
  • Salgueiro – Xango (00.30)
  • Beija-Flor – Quem não viu vai ver… As fábulas do Beija-Flor (01.35)
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense – Me dá unm dinheiro ai (02.40)
  • Unidos da Tijuca – Cada macacao no seu galho. O, meu Pai, me dê o pão que eu não morro de fome (03.45)

Monday, 4 March 2019

  • São Clemente – E o Samba sambou… (21.15)
  • Vila Isabel – Em Nome do Pai, dos fFilhos e dos Santos – A vila canta a cidade de Pedro (22.20)
  • Portela – Na Madureira modernissima, hei sempre de ouvir cantar uma Sabia (23.25)
  • União da Ilha – A peleja poética entre Rachel e Alencar no avarandado do céu(00.30)
  • Paraíso do Tuiuti – O Salvador da Patria (01.35)
  • Mangueira  – Historia para ninar gente grande (02.40)
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel – Eu sou o Tempo. Tempo e Vida (03.45)

Normally six schools parade on Sunday night and six on Monday , but as no schools were relegated in 2017 and 2018 seven schools will parade each night in 2019.

The more information about carnival and the parade visit the site’s respective pages.

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Latin American Media Awards 2018

The Latin American Travel Association (www.lata.travel) has announced the winners of the LATA Media Awards 2018.

The LATA Media Awards, sponsored by Wendy Wu Tours, recognise innovation and excellence across the British travel media landscape with a specific focus on Latin America.

Celebrating and rewarding inspiring and creative Latin America stories and photography, the winners of the 15th edition of the LATA Media Awards were selected from over 150 entries by a strong judging panel composed of key figures from the Latin American travel industry.

The 2018 judging panel included Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides; Baroness Hooper, lawyer and honorary president of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for Latin America; Hugh Thomson, leading author and film-maker; Martin Morales, founder of the restaurant group Ceviche and award-winning Peruvian chef; Colin Stewart, chairman of LATA and the UK and Ireland director at Air Europa; and Andy Skillen, multi-award winning international wildlife photographer and founder of Fauna Vista.

The winners were revealed at the RSA House in London on 22 May, at an event attended by key members of the Latin American travel industry, the diplomatic community and some of the UK’s most prolific travel writers and photographers.

Winners and runners-up are:

Best Online Blog Feature of the Year Award 

Winner: Abigail King, ‘Pre-Columbian art in Ecuador and the surprising question it asks’, Inside the Travel Lab
Runner-up
: Shafik Meghji, ‘Best things to do in Ecuador’
Highly commended for photography:
Neil Hennessy Vass, ‘Central America: A New Revolution’

Best Self-Published Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Anna McNuff, ‘Through Patagonia on Wheels’, Swoop
Runner-up:
Jennifer Richt, ‘Belize in it: An Example of Ecotourism’, Jacada Travel

Best Trade Publication Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Ben Lerwill, ‘Andes to Amazon’, Selling Travel
Runner-up:
Meera Dattani, ‘Belize the Hype’. Travel Weekly

Best Consumer Online Feature of the Year Award 

Winner: Tamara Hinson, ‘Quito: Why Ecuador’s capital is known for its evolving music scene’, Independent Online
Runner-up:
Sarah Gilbert, ‘Exploring Che Guevara’s Bolivian shrine 50 years after his death’, Independent Online

Best Photography of the Year Award

Winner: Jonathan Gregson, ‘Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine’, Lonely Planet
Runner-up:
Alex Robinson, ‘Mystic River’, Wanderlust

Best Consumer Newspaper Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Mike Unwin, ‘Living at one with the Creatures of the Canopy’, The Sunday Telegraph
Runner-up:
Andrew Purvis, ‘My David Attenborough moment in the jungle’, The Sunday Telegraph

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Adrian Phillips, ‘A wild rolling beast of a route’, National Geographic Traveller
Runner-up:
Chris Moss, ‘Shape Shifter’, Conde Nast Traveller

Colin Stewart, Chairman of LATA said: “The quality of the entries for the 2018 LATA Media Awards was extremely high and LATA would like to thank all the talented journalists and photographers who entered the awards. We are delighted to have welcomed so many key figures from the Latin America tourism industry and fantastic writers to this flagship annual event, which brings the Latin American region to life through creative and interesting stories and powerful photography. In addition to the headline sponsor Wendy Wu Tours, other sponsors included Silversea Expeditions, The Belize Tourism Board, Belmond, Tierra Hotels, LOTUS LATAM, Las Iguana, and 4Corners.”