Basil da Cunha’s film wins the Caminhos Grand Prize

Basil da Cunha also won the festival’s Don Quijote prize, from the International Federation of Cineclubs.

‘O Fim do Mundo’ is Basil da Cunha‘s second feature film. The film tells of a young man who returns to an illegal neighborhood in the municipality of Amadora, where he tries to reintegrate, after years spent in a correctional facility.

He was selected for the Locarno festival, in 2019, and received the Best Portuguese Feature Award at the IndieLisboa festival, last September, and was also distinguished with the Tree of Life Award from the Pastoral of Culture.

The film ‘Listen‘, by Ana Rocha de Sousa, won the Audience Award, having also won the prize for best director, best actress (Lúcia Moniz) and best secondary actor (Ruben Garcia), revealed the organization.

Portugal’s nominee for an Oscar nomination, in the category of Best International Film, ‘Listen’ is the first fictional feature film by Ana Rocha de Sousa, a family drama inspired by a true story, about a Portuguese family emigrated to London, to whom custody of the children is removed, on suspicion of mistreatment.

The film won six prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the ‘Lion of the Future’, for a first work, and the special jury prize of the Horizons competition. Premiered in Portuguese cinemas on October 21, it has since added more than 34 thousand viewers, leading the ranking of most-watched Portuguese films in 2020.

As for the prize for best fiction, at Caminhos do Cinema Português, it went to ‘Patrick‘, by Gonçalo Waddington, selected a year ago for the San Sebastián Festival. In Coimbra, the film also received the award for best artistic direction and best actor (Hugo Fernandes).

José Barahona’s ‘Nheengatu‘ won the prize for best documentary, ‘Maré‘, by Joana Rosa Bragança, for best animation, and ‘Bustarenga‘, by Ana Maria Gomes, for best short film.

According to the organization, ‘Amor Fati‘, by Cláudia Varejão, won the Press Award, having also collected better sound and better editing.

Bernardo Lopes, with ‘Moço‘, won the revelation prize, still in the main competitive section, the Caminhos selection.

In the selection Essays (dedicated to works created in an academic context), the brothers Afonso and Bernardo Rapazote won in the category of best national essay, with ‘Corte‘, and Clara Borges and Diana Agar, in the category of best national essay of animation, with ‘The President Wears Nothing’.

In the international category of this selection, Leonardo Martinelli won, with ‘Copacabana Madureira’.

The 26th edition of the Caminhos do Cinema Português festival featured almost 150 Portuguese films participating in the competitive sections.

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