Nine Sophia Awards for Letters from War
by Vitor Pinto
- Ivo M Ferreira’s epistolary feature dominated the 2017 edition of Portugal’s national film awards
Letters from War [+see also:
Q&A: Ivo M Ferreira
film profile] by Ivo M Ferreira has emerged as the big winner of the 2017 Sophia Awards, scooping nine of the 21 trophies delivered last night, including the most coveted awards: Best Film and Best Director.
Produced by Luis Urbano for his prolific Lisbon-based outfit, O Som e a Fúria, Letters from War also excelled in other categories such as Best Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Cinematography, among other technical sections.
Premiered at the Berlinale in 2016, Letters from War is a cinematic adaptation of the letters that Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes sent to his first wife as a young man back in the early 1970s, during the Colonial War. In the meantime, Ferreira is already shooting his new project, Hotel Império [+see also:
interview: Ivo M Ferreira
film profile], a co-production between Portugal and China set in Macau, where the director is based.
The second big winner of the night was Luís Filipe Rocha’s Grey and Black [+see also:
film profile], which earned its lead, Miguel Borges, the Sophia for Best Lead Actor. The tragic story set in the Azores also won in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Soundtrack categories.
Other winners included Ana Padrão, for her turn in Patricia Sequeira’s feature debut, Game of Checkers [+see also:
film profile], and Mother Knows Better [+see also:
film profile], Nuno Rocha’s comedy, which emerged victorious in the supporting performances categories, earning seasoned thesp Manuela Maria the Best Supporting Actress Award and Adriano Carvalho Best Supporting Actor.
The Sophia Achievement Award was delivered to Ruy de Carvalho, one of Portugal’s most beloved actors, who recently turned 90.
Here is the full list of winners:
Ivo M Ferreira - Letters from War
Best Supporting Actor
Adriano Carvalho – Mother Knows Better
Best Original Screenplay
Luís Filipe Rocha - Grey and Black
Best Adapted Screenplay
Ivo M Ferreira, Edgar Medina - Letters from War
João Ribeiro - Letters from War
Sandro Aguilar - Letters from War
Ricardo Leal - Letters from War
Lucha d’Orey - Letters from War
Best Artistic Direction
Nuno G Mello - Letters from War
Best Make-up and Hairdressing
Nuno Esteves Blue - Letters from War
Best Original Soundtrack
Mário Laginha - Grey and Black
Best Documentary Feature
Mudar de Vida, José Mário Branco, vida e obra - Nelson Guerreiro, Pedro Fidalgo
Best Short Fiction
Menina - Simão Cayatte
Best Animated Short
Estilhaços - José Miguel Ribeiro
Best Documentary Short
Balada de um Batráquio - Leonor Teles
Sophia Student Award
A Instalação do Medo - Ricardo Leite
Sophia Achievement Award
Actor Ruy de Carvalho
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