IndieLisboa crowns Radu Jude’s Aferim!
by Vitor Pinto
- The 12th edition of the festival, which ended last night, also awarded António Borges Correia’s Portuguese film The Eyes of André, among other titles
The 12th IndieLisboa, which came to an end last night, has awarded its top prize to the period drama Aferim! [+see also:
interview: Radu Jude
film profile] by Radu Jude. Although the Romanian director was not present to receive the award, he did send a video message expressing his contradictory feelings of “happiness” for the recognition and “guilt” for being absent from the ceremony. Jude had already presented his previous films The Happiest Girl in the World [+see also:
film profile] and Everybody in Our Family [+see also:
interview: Radu Jude
film profile] at previous editions of IndieLisboa, and his new movie had already been awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the most recent Berlinale.
In the National Competition, the unexpected winner was The Eyes of André by António Borges Correia, an experimental family drama in which the actual family members themselves participate in the recreation of their own story. Set in a small village in the Portuguese countryside, the film follows the struggle of a divorced father to keep his family together after his youngest son is taken away from them and placed in a foster family. Although the father’s character undoubtedly takes the limelight, Correia’s script tends to focus on the silent yet revolted perspective of the family’s elder brother, André. Produced by João Figueiras for Blackmaria, The Eyes of André also scooped two other prizes at the festival: the “Tree of Life” and the TAP Awards.
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s End of Summer was chosen as Best Short by the international jury, whereas On the Side by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra was chosen as Best National Short.
The FIPRESCI Prize went to Jorge León’s Before We Go, whereas the Audience Awards went to In Waking Hours by Katrien and Sarah Vanagt (short film) and Catarina Mourão’s The Wolf’s Lair [+see also:
film profile] (feature film – read the review). Marta Pessoa’s The Lurking Fear – about the terror and repression imposed by the police of the Salazar regime – won the Amnesty International Award.
Click here to read the full list of winners at IndieLisboa 2015.
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