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Carlos Conceição movie in competition at the Berlin festival

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The film ‘Serpentário’, by Carlos Conceição, will be in competition at the Berlin film festival in February, integrated into the contest for first feature films, announced today the organization.

Serpentário“, a Portuguese-Angolan co-production, will be screened under the forum’s parallel program and was selected today for the competition of first feature films, along with 15 other works, according to the statement from the Berlinale.

The German film ‘Gli ultimi a vederli vivere’ by Sara Summa, the French-American co-production ‘So Pretty’ by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli, the Romanian film ‘ Mon? Tri ‘, by Marius Olteanu, and the Spanish-Costa Rican’ The Awakening of the Ants’, by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss.

For the first feature film contest was also selected the Brazilian production ‘Greta’, by Armando Praça, which will be displayed in the Panorama section.

Nimrod Eldar (Israel), ’37 Seconds’ by Hikari (Japan) and ‘The Day After I’m Gone’, Nora Fingscheidt (Germany) Buoyancy ‘by Rodd Rathjen (Australia),’ Flesh Out ‘by Michela Occhipinti (Italy), and’ Dog Barking at the Moon ‘by Xiang Zi (China / Spain).

Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay’s “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess” by Steven Wouterlood (Netherlands / Germany) and German productions ‘Cleo’ by Erik Schmitt, ‘Die Einzelteile der Liebe’ by Miriam Bliese and ‘Oray’ by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, of the Generation section, are the remaining feature films that are eligible for the prize.

The jury of this competition is composed of German writer and journalist Katja Eichinger, the Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, and the Chinese director and screenwriter Vivian Qu, was also announced today.

‘Serpentário’ is the first feature film by Carlos Conceição, about “a boy who wanders through a post-catastrophe African landscape in search of his mother’s ghost.” The film also marks the debut of Mirabilis, António Gonçalves and the director himself.

For the Forum, the film ‘A Portuguesa’ by Portuguese director Rita Azevedo Gomes had also been selected, an adaptation of a short story by Robert Musil, written by Agustina Bessa-Luís and Rita Azevedo Gomes. interpretation of Clara Riedenstein.

The program of the 49th Forum announced on the 18th, will present a choice of 39 films that “try to experiment, take a stand and refuse to compromise.”

“Some look at the history of the twentieth century, while others focus on what is yet to come, even if they are anchored in the ‘here and now’,” reads the press release.

The Forum will also feature three Brazilian films: ‘Chão’ by Camila Freitas, ‘Querencia’ by Helvécio Marins Jr., and ‘A rosa azul de Novalis’ by Gustavo Vinagre and Rodrigo Carneiro.

The Berlin Film Festival will be the 69th edition, between February 7 and 17.

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