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SACAVÉM


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
Sacavém

Júlio Alves | Portugal, 2019, 65'


"Sacavém" is a journey through Pedro Costa’s films and focused on his work on "Casa de Lava, "Ossos", "In Vandas Room", "Colossal Youth" and "Horse Money". Built on the visual and sound landscape of Pedro Costa’s films and accompanied by his owns reflections on the matter, "Sacavém" serves the audience has a window on how Costas cinema is sensed and conceived.

  • Director: Júlio Alves
  • Photography: Miguel Saraiva
  • Sound: João Alves, Hugo Leitão
  • Editing: Hugo Santiago
  • Production: Júlio Alves / Midnight Express
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Júlio Alves
Júlio Alves
Lisbon, 1971. He began working in cinema from an early age. He was production assistant or director in several film productions in countries such as Portugal, France and Spain. "Afirma Pereira" by Roberto Faenza with Marcello Mastroianni, stands out. He has made several short films of different genres: fiction, animation and documentary. He directed four feature-length documentaries. All of his films have been screened at national and international festivals. He made tv commercials for national and international brands in different European markets. He is currently completing his PhD in Communication Sciences, at Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa with the thesis "Cinema and Objects". Three films are part of the thesis: Objects Entre Nós, Casa Encantada and Sacavém.

GUERRA WAR


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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José Oliveira, Marta Ramos | Portugal, 2020, 105'


Based on the recollection of a current Portuguese language teacher, we will follow Manuel, his father, a former combatant in our colonial war and constantly tormented by these memories. We will go with him to the depths of the physical spaces that obsess him - from the training barracks to the lakes and gardens of his youth and falling in love - as well as the abyss of his memory - war and passion together, inextricable, in a battle that asks or screams as immemorial existential doubts.

  • Photography: José António Loureiro, Manuel Pinto Barros, Pedro Bessa
  • Sound: Felipe Zenícola, Bernardo Theriaga
  • Editing: José Oliveira, Marta Ramos
  • Production: Abel Ribeiro Chaves - OPTEC - FILMES, José Oliveira, Marta Ramos
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José Oliveira
José Oliveira
Is a film director and professor. He founded the Lucky Star Cineclube de Braga and teaches History of Cinema and Filmmaking at Cascais School of Arts & His last films were: LONGE (presented at the official selection of Locarno 2016) and Os Conselhos da Noite (released this year) . Guerra, co-directed with Marta Ramos, has occupied them for the past
Marta Ramos
Marta Ramos
Was born in Lisbon, in 1984, and graduated in Architecture in the same city. She has collaborated, for the last 10 years, in the production, editing and directing of independent films. She also devotes her body and soul to singing, an artistic expression she has recorded in close cooperation with José Oliveira.

PRAZER, CAMARADAS!


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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José Filipe Costa | Portugal, 2019, 105'


1975, the year after the Carnation Revolution. Eduarda, João and Mick come from Northern Europe to work in the co-ops in the occupied farms of Portugal. They come to help with the land and the livestock, give medical appointments and family planning classes, show sexual education films and participate in traditional dances. They ask a lot of things, but the “comrades from the South” have more questions than answers: Do you want to know who we are? How we treat our women and children? How we live together and how we love? Come! We will find each other peculiar, and we will surely disagree on many things, but it’s all part of this revolutionary celebration!

  • Photography: Hugo Azevedo
  • Sound: Rúben Costa
  • Editing: João Braz
  • Production: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
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José Filipe Costa
José Filipe Costa
Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London. He has written and directed several short films, including A Rua (2008), Chapa 23 (2006), Domingo (2005) and the documentaries Prazer, Camaradas! (2019), Linha Vermelha (2011), Entre Muros (2002) present at international film festivals, such as the Locarno Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel, PlanetaDoc, Fórumdoc.bh, Fidé Brasil, Festival OF Short films from Rio de Janeiro, IndieLisboa, short films from Vila do Conde, among others, and with screenings on several television channels such as RTP, Futura-Brasil and ZDF-Arte. He was screenwriter and director of the popular science series Stories of Life on Earth (2008). He was a visiting professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2013) and has taught at IADE, ETIC, Polytechnic Institute of Tomar and in the course DocNomads, Documentary Film Directing Erasmus Mundus.

AMOR FATI


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Cláudia Varejão | Portugal, 2020, 102'


Amor Fati seeks out parts that complete each other. These are portraits of couples, friends, families and pets and their owners. They share the intimacy of daily life, habits, beliefs, tastes and even some physical traits. From their faces, from the choreography of their gestures, we unveil the story that binds them. Drawn from everyday life, right before our eyes the film portrays a chorus of affection and the collective memory of a country, evoking Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium: Do you desire to be wholly one; always day and night to be in one another’s company? For if this is what you desire, I am ready to melt you into one and let you grow together, so that being two you shall become one.

  • Photography: Cláudia Varejão
  • Sound: Cláudia Varejão, Takashi Sugimoto, Adriana Bolito
  • Editing: João Braz, Cláudia Varejão
  • Production: Terratreme Filmes
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Cláudia Varejão
Cláudia Varejão
Claudia Varejão was born in Porto and studied at the Creativity and Artistic Creation Program of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in partnership with the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin and the São Paulo International Film Acadamy. She also studied Photography at AR.CO in Lisbon. Cláudia’s films have been selected for and awarded at the most prestigious film festivals, including Locarno, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, Cinema du Reel, Karlovy Vary, Art of the Real - Lincoln Center, among many others. Besides her work as a filmmaker, she developed a career as a photographer and she’s a guest professor at AR.CO and the Catholic University of Porto. Her work, whether in film, photography, documentary or fiction, is based on its proximity to the people portrayed.

ANA E MAURIZIO


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BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Catarina Mourão | Portugal, 2020, 64'


The painter Ana Marchand always felt a bit dislocated in her family. The love of art and travel, where did she get those from? As a young woman she saw a travel book written by her uncle Maurizio Piscicelli and finally understood. Catarina Mourão (Pelas Sombras, A Toca do Lobo, O Mar Enrola na Areia) follows Ana’s familiar and spiritual journey. Who was Maurizio? Who is Ana? The face of one, the face of the other. Reincarnation are the several lives we live.

  • Photography: Catarina Mourão, Tiago Figueiredo
  • Sound: Armanda Carvalho, Catarina Mourão
  • Editing: Pedro Mateus Duarte
  • Production: Laranja Azul / Catarina Mourão
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Catarina Mourão
Catarina Mourão
Studied Music, Law and Film (MA Bristol University). In 1998 I was a founder of Apordoc, Portuguese Documentary Association and started teaching Film and Documentary in 2000. In 2000 with another filmmaker (Catarina Alves Costa) we started Laranja Azul, an independent production company for creative documentary and visual arts in Lisbon.

OS MEUS AVÓS EM VIAGEM MY GRANDPARENTS TRAVELLING


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BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Rui Esperança | Portugal, 2021, 14'


On March 19 1956, my grandfather wrote to my grandmother on his way to Macao, where he lived for two years during the colonial period. 60 years later, my grandmother, a craftswoman from Viana do Castelo, Portugal, is invited to participate in an international fair dedicated to Portuguese speaking countries in Macao. With her for company, my grandfather makes an old and secret dream come true: to return to where he was most happy. I join them, intrigued by this reunion between my grandfather and that feeling as he searches for a semblance of the world he once knew while confronting a landscape that has changed drastically, and unforgivingly.

  • Photography: Rui Esperança
  • Sound: Rui Esperança, Daniel Deira
  • Editing: Rui Esperança
  • Production: Rui Esperança, Rui Ramos, FORA DE CAMPO FILMES
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Rui Esperança
Rui Esperança
Rui Esperança was born in Viana do Castelo in 1991. Graduated in Film by the National Theatre and Film School in Lisbon, he is the author of a body of work that most recently includes “The Outsiders” (IndieLisboa; 2019), “18” (Curtas Vila do Conde; 2019), among others. He was assistant director to Joaquim Sapinho between 2013 and 2015 and a member of the YEAD Project (Young European Cultural Audience Development) that took place between 2016 and 2019.

BUSTARENGA


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Ana Maria Gomes | France / Portugal, 2019, 30'


Every summer Ana goes to Bustarenga, a small mountain village in the interior of Portugal. At the age of 36, this Parisian woman of Portuguese origin is still single. The inhabitants of the village, worried about her future, make her understand that the clock is ticking. Ana listens to the advice and warnings of the villagers to find a Prince Charming according to the principles of the village.

  • Photography: Ana Maria Gomes
  • Sound: Diana Meireles
  • Editing: Suzana Pedro
  • Production: Miguel Dias, Curtas Metragens C.R.L. // Emmanuel Chaumet, ECCE FILMS
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Ana Maria Gomes
Ana Maria Gomes
Ana Maria Gomes is a Franco-Portuguese artist and filmmaker, born in 1982 in France. She lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris and went on to further study at Le Fresnoy, specializing in video art. Gomes’s work today focuses on the role of fiction in the construction of personal identities; her main artistic interest revolves around her inner circle and family in particular. Her work has been presented in exhibitions and screened in international festivals (Hors Piste at the Centre Pompidou, Gaîté Lyrique, Jeu de Paume, Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris, French and Portuguese Cinemathèque, etc.), it has received support from artistic institutions including the G.R.E.C, the Gulbenkian Foundation, SCAM, DRAC or the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and it is part of public collections such as the French National Contemporary Art Fund Collection (FNAC), the National Bpi Catalogue (Images en Bibliothèques), the National French Library (BnF), the collection of the Casa de Velazquez.

ENTRE LEIRAS THE LIFE WE KNOW


Running for the Jean-Loup Passek Award for
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Cláudia Ribeiro | Portugal, 2020, 82'


In a hamlet of Portugal’s remote inland, between the rivers Douro and Tâmega, there live about thirty people. At the top of a hill, we find sisters Ana and Glória living in an isolated place which the baker, the fishmonger, the grocer, and their children visit once a week. Everything else comes from the soil, which the two sisters work from sunrise to sunset, amidst the strips of farmed land. We follow the agricultural cycle over the course of a year as the relationship between the director and the protagonists ripens. The veil is lifted on these women’s day-to-day lives and their deepest thoughts about life in the countryside, the only life they know.

  • Photography: Cláudia Ribeiro
  • Sound: Cláudia Ribeiro
  • Editing: Cláudia Ribeiro, João Miller Guerra, Raul Domingues
  • Production: Cláudia Ribeiro, Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
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Cláudia Ribeiro
Cláudia Ribeiro
Cláudia Ribeiro was born in 1990, in Guimarães, in the North of Portugal, and currently lives in Porto. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Film and a Master’s in Anthropology - Visual Cultures. Her work is focused mainly on the concepts of culture and identity, moved by a constant questioning of human behaviour, memory, representation, and the concept of reality. THE LIFE WE KNOW is her debut in documentary film, the result of 7 months of painstaking fieldwork in a small inland village in northern Portugal.

VISÕES DO IMPÉRIO VISIONS OF EMPIRE


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BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
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Joana Pontes | Portugal, 2021, 93'


Visions of Empire is a collective journey to the colonial past through a selection of photographs from the Portuguese Empire, taken between the end of the 19th century and the Carnation Revolution in 1974, which put an end to both the political regime that governed Portugal and the colonial status of several African territories which only became independent in 1975, after a protracted war.

  • Photography: Rui Xavier
  • Sound: Armanda Carvalho
  • Editing: Rui Branquinho, Joana Pontes
  • Production: Filipa Reis, Patrícia Faria
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Joana Pontes
Joana Pontes
The Portuguese director has a degree in Psychology from the University of Lisbon. She studied cinema at ESTC, the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, and studied television at Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, having completed training in TV Production at the BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation. She was a director at SIC, Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, from 1992 to 2002, having left to dedicate herself to academic work. In 2002/2003, she completed the Advanced Programme in Political Journalism at the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Lisbon. From 2004 to 2008, she was an adviser for documentary programming at the RTP. She obtained her PhD in Contemporary History in March 2018, with a scholarship from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. She dedicates herself to writing and directing documentaries. She currently teaches at the ESCS – School of Communication and Media Studies, in Lisbon.