Bad Blood triumphs at Golden Globes
by Vitor Pinto
Bad Blood [+see also:
film profile] by Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra has won Best Film at Portugal's Golden Globes (Globos de Ouro) ceremony. The annual event awards local talent in several artistic areas, including three film categories (Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress).
The horror film, produced by Paulo Branco for his Lisbon-based outfit Clap Filmes, fought off stiff competition from three other titles he also produced: Cannes entry Trance [+see also:
film profile] by Teresa Villaverde (see news), Fernando Lopes's 98 Octanas (see news) and José Fonseca e Costa's Widow and Rich No Longer A Bitch [+see also:
film profile] (see news).
Released domestically in February 2006 (see news), Bad Blood, about a family who moves to the countryside and is suddenly confronted with the superstitions of the locals as well as the ghosts of their own household, quickly became popular among local audiences. According to ICAM's data for 2006, the film was the second most successful local title of the year, grossing over €117,671.
Bad Blood's actor and Shooting Star 2007 Afonso Pimentel (see interview), who plays the prodigy son hiding a terrible family secret, was chosen Best Actor, while veteran Isabel Ruth was crowned Best Actress for her role as a self-destructive fashion designer in Paulo Rocha's Vanitas [+see also:
film profile] (see news), which was released last year by Branco's distribution outfit Atalanta Filmes.
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