Talent Press Rio 2018

For the third consecutive year, Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival hosts the "Talent Press Rio", a training program for young journalists and film critics of Portuguese-speaking countries, held in partnership with the Berlinale Talents of the Berlin Festival; the Goethe Institute of Rio de Janeiro; the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), and, for the first time in 2018, the Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine).

Talent Press Rio is one of the international extensions of the Berlinale Talents program of the Berlin Film Festival, and the first one held in Brazil, aimed exclusively at young professionals from Portuguese-speaking countries.

Between November 2 and 8, six young critics from Portugal, Mozambique and Brazil will have the opportunity to experience the Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival and participate in an intense program that includes meetings with critics and filmmakers under the coordination of the critic and researcher Pedro Butcher and the guidance of José Miguel Oliveira (critic and programmer of the Cinemateca Portuguesa, Portugal) and Amanda Aouad (film critic from Bahia, Brazil). Participants will have their texts published on the website of the Rio's Festival, the Berlinale Talents, the Goethe-Institute and FIPRESCI.

In addition to contributing to the training of film critics who write in Portuguese, Talent Press Rio also aims to generate opportunities for exchange between Portuguese-speaking countries and strengthen cultural ties. "The program includes morning talks with several film professionals who are participating in the festival, discussions about the texts produced and the experience of the intense reality of a large international film event. The most enriching, always, are the meetings and exchanges of ideas between people of the most diverse backgrounds and life experiences", summarizes the coordinator Pedro Butcher.

A total of 50 candidates participated in the selection process. The six selected for the Talent Press Rio 2018 were Álvaro André Zeini Cruz (Bauru, SP), Juliana Costa (Porto Alegre, RS), Leonel Matusse Jr (Maputo, Mozambique), Mariana Souza (Recife, PE), Ricardo Lisboa (Lisboa, Portugal), and Suzy Freitas (Manaus, AM).


General Coordination: Pedro Butcher. Journalist, film critic and programmer, he is a PhD student in the Graduate Program of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF). Between September 2017 and June 2018, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Film and Media at the University of California Santa Barbara, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. He collaborated to "Cahiers du Cinéma" and "Screendaily". Between 2001 and 2014, was the editor of the website "Filme B", specialized in the film market in Brazil. Since 2014 he has been curator of the Mostra Cine BH - Belo Horizonte International Film Festival, and collaborator of Brasil Cine Mundi, a co-production meeting that takes place within the same event. Associated to FIPRESCI, he is currently a contributor to "Valor Econômico" newspaper.

Mentor: Amanda Aouad. Film critic, researcher and teather. PhD student in Communication and Contemporary Cultures by UFBA, she is a member of the Brazilian Association of Film Critics - Abraccine and the Elviras
Collective. She edits the website CinePipocaCult (affiliated to the Portal Aratu Online) and is a columnist for the CineMagazine. She is also an audiovisual teacher at Uniceusa and the UFBA extension program, Drama Station. She has texts in the publications Brazilian Animation - 100 essential films (2018), 100 best Brazilian films (2016), 100 essential documentaries (2017) and Brazil: Directory of World Cinema (2013).

Mentor: Luis Miguel Oliveira. Graduated in Social Communication from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. He began his activity as an effective member of the programming team of the Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema in 1993. Over time, he has organized and designed different cycles and catalogs for this institution. Among others, he organized or co-organized the editions of the Cinemateca dedicated to Boris Barnet, Béla Tarr, Jean-Luc Godard 1985-1999, Kenji Mizoguchi, Philippe Garrel, Stanley Kubrik, DW Griffith, David Cronenberg, Otar Iosseliani, Jim Jarmusch, Roberto Rossellini, Jacques Rivette and John Carpenter. As a critic, he writes for the newspaper Público, contributing weekly to Ípsilon magazine.

Talents 2018

Álvaro André Zeini Cruz. Master and Doctor in Multimeios by UNICAMP. Postgraduate in Argument and Screenplay for Film and Television by FAAP. Graduated in Cinema and Video from the Faculty of Arts of Paraná. He acted as short-screenwriter and screenwriter of television programs. He is currently a professor at Faculdades Integras de Bauru and Senac Santo Amaro. As a critic, he wrote for the University Audiovisual Magazine (RUA) and idealized the Post-Credits Magazine, developed with other students of UNICAMP and supported by the institution.

Juliana Costa. Researcher and film critic, has a master in Cinema and Education by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. Founding member of the Cineclube Academy of the Muses, since 2016, she has been studying and broadcasting film directories women, and publisher of the eponymous virtual publication. She is a publisher and collaborator of Zinematógrafo, a fanzine printed film critic, and member of the Association of Film Critics of Rio Grande do Sul - ACCIRS.

Leonel Matusse Jr. My name is Leonel Matusse Jr., born and raised in Mozambique. I have a degree in Journalism from the School of Journalism in Maputo. I collaborated in several cultural pages of the country, among them electronic magazines, printed newspapers and blogs. I believe that small gestures can change the world. I found in journalism the possibility of reproducing inspiring stories. Cultural journalism, in particular, moves me by giving the possibility of helping to further humanize the world. I am currently a reporter for the newspaper Notícias, the largest and oldest in the country. Writing is my weapon.

Mariana Souza. Film and Audiovisual student at the Federal University of Pernambuco. She had one of her first contacts with criticism at the Critics Workshop held by the Janela Internacional de Cinema in Recife, in 2017. She was part of the curatorial team of the second edition of FINCAR - International Film Festival.

Ricardo Vieira Lisboa. He has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and also a Master degree in Cinema in the area of Realization and Dramatization. He works as programmer of the IndieLisboa Festival - Lisbon International Film Festival, as well as occasional curator for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and collaborator of several film festivals. He is a film critic on the website À Pala de Walsh, which he co-founded and co-wrote. He has also produced communications and academic articles in the areas of Portuguese cinema history and restoration and film preservation. As a director, he produced experimental short films and video-essays shown at national and international festivals.

Susy Freitas. Graduated in English Language and Journalism by the Federal University of Amazonas (Ufam). She has a master degree in Communication Sciences (PPGCCOM / Ufam). She is a film critic on the website Cine Set (www.cineset.com.br), a member of the Elviras - Collective of Women Critics of Cinema and the first Amazonian member of Abraccine - Brazilian Association of Film Critics.