Catarina Vasconcelos received, at the 20th edition of New Horizons, the most important Polish festival, the Grand Prix of the Festival, and also the Audience Prize, with ‘A metamorfose dos Pássaros’. The 20th edition of New Horizons, which ends today, was exclusively online.
‘A metamorfose dos Pássaros’, a production by the First Age that is expected to debut in Portugal in the first quarter of 2021, is the first feature film by Catarina Vasconcelos and has been in international circulation for festivals and film shows, where it has collected several awards.
The film, with international distribution from Portugal Filme and whose narrative crosses documentary and fiction, is part of the history of the director’s family, in particular the paternal grandmother, who she never got to know.
In February, at the world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, the film won the International Critics Award.
Since then, she has won distinctions such as the Best Film Award at the Vilnius Festival (Lithuania), and the Special Jury Award at the Taipei Festival (Taiwan). She also received the Best Film Prize at the Dokufest Festival (Kosovo) and the Zabaltegi – Tabakalera Prize at the San Sebastián Film Festival (Spain).
At the beginning of September, she won the audience award at IndieLisboa, this month she was also distinguished by the public and received the artistic contribution prize at the Curitiba Film Festival (Brazil).
In October, the film opened in Austria, within the framework of the Viennale – Venice Film Festival, and this week it will be shown at the Documentary Film Exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia.
‘A metamorfose dos Pássaros’ is also shown at Zinebi – International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Bilbao, Spain, which started on Friday and runs until the 20th.