‘A metamorfose dos pássaros’ won the public prize and the artistic contribution prize, within the competitive section where it was integrated and where it made its Brazilian debut. Its a film between fiction and documentary, of visual experimentation and inspired by the history and family memories of Catarina Vasconcelos.
The film premiered in February this year at the Berlin film festival, where it won the award for international criticism, has gone through more than 40 other festivals and has a dozen awards.
These include the Best Film Award at the Vilnius Festival in Lithuania, and the Special Jury Award at the Taipei Festival in Taiwan and the Best Film Award at the Dokufest Festival in Kosovo.
‘A metamorfose dos pássaros’ also has a commercial debut guaranteed in Chinese territory, in Lithuania and hits Portuguese cinemas in January.
Before this film, which took six years to be made, Catarina Vasconcelos made the short film ‘Metáfora ou Tristeza Virada do Avesso’ (2013), in an academic context, in London.
At the Curitiba festival, dedicated to independent cinema, there were also the films ‘Noite perpétua’, by Pedro Peralta, and ‘Um animal Amarelo’, by Brazilian director Felipe Bragança, a co-production between Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique and with Portuguese actresses Isabel Zuaá and Catarina Wallenstein in the cast.