Breno Viola, Rita Pokk and Ariel Goldenberg receiving the award. Rita cries.
Breno Viola, Rita Pokk and Ariel Goldenberg receiving the award. Rita cries.

Patricia Almeida

Starring a trio of actors with Down syndrome, “Buddies,” by Marcelo Galvao, won the Kikito Prize of  best film at the 40th edition of Gramado International Film Festival, the most prestigious in Brazil. The award ceremony was held on Saturday night (18) at the Palace of Festivals.

In a light, fun way and without self-pity, the road movie by Marcelo Galvao is a lesson of social inclusion. The journey of characters Stallone (Ariel Goldenberg), Annie (Rita Pokk) and Marcio (Breno Viola) pulled a lot of laughs from the audience in Rio Grande do Sul. By far, the film was the most applauded during and after the session in the Palace of  Festivals.

Dressed up, he three actors flee the institution where they live driving a stolen car.

In the film, they live at an institution, working at the video library. Inspired by the movie “Thelma and Louise”, the trio steals a car and flee from the place to follow their dreams – Stallone wants to see the ocean, Annie needs to get married and Marcio hopes to fly. It is an ambitious production, full of cinema quotes.

“I want to thank this team and Rita, Ariel and Breno. Our projection here was wonderful. The film was applauded several times on stage and there was a standing ovation at the end. This for us was the biggest prize,” Galvao spoke after receiving the Kikito from the hands of the director Arnaldo Jabor.

Besides best film, “Buddies” received the awards for art direction and a special jury prize for the actors Ariel, Rita and Breno. Ariel and Rita are married in real life. On stage, the three wept and made an emotional speech: “We’re Down to society, but before God we are normal,” said Ariel. Just as his character does in the film, Breno drew laughter from the audience: “Winning the parakeet here is very rewarding” (the name of the award, Kikito, is similar to the word periquito, which means parakeet in Portuguese), he joked.

Ariel, Rita and Breno each kiss their awards.
Ariel, Rita and Breno each kiss their awards.

“Buddies” will open at cinemas in Brazil in November.

Preview with subtitles in English

Ariel and Breno’s acceptance speech

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