The Main Prize for the Best LGBTQ Film is awarded to The Heiresses by Marcelo Martinessi.
“Confinement”, the word the director used to describe his film offering us a privileged look into his native society, the rigidity of its class system, societal interaction and mobility. This is also a film about two women who have built their life together within this structure. A film that when being presented a governmental award of recognition saw half the senate leave the room in protest, on the other hand received complete support from the conservative press.
This exceptional work is a picture of a society in evolution moving towards openness and inclusivity.
For its daring passion to tell the stories of women, particularly women of a certain age who have dared to embrace desire and break with the comfort of their lives to explore freedom.
Special Jury Diplomas are awarded to The Cakemaker by Ofir Raul Graizer:
For its compassionate portrait of love and loss. Complex yet subtle exploration of cultures, religion and the human factor that unites them, the Jury would like to give a special mention to the film made in coproduction of two countries sharing difficult pages of history.
and to Hard Paint by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon:
Smart, sexy and relevant – this film paints a hypnotic, fluorescent portrait of contemporary queer life with all its contradictions: vulnerable yet self-determined, alienated yet yearning for real connections, where the protagonist breaks free of the disapproving and desirous gazes of others to ultimately prove resilient and unbroken.