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European Film Awards: Short films by two Portuguese are nominated

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Two short films by Portuguese filmmakers Leonor Teles and Gabriel Abrantes are among the five nominated for Best Short Film at the 2019 European Film Awards, was announced today.

According to the awards online site, the short films ‘Dogs Barking at Birds’ by Leonor Teles and ‘Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la jeune fille de pierre’ were chosen by the organization.

The European Film Awards aim to recognize the excellence of films produced in Europe, and are presented annually by the European Film Academy, which comprises about 3,500 media professionals.

The 32nd European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany on 7 December with the announcement of the winners.

‘Dogs barking at birds’ by Leonor Teles follows the summer days of Vicente and his family, forced to leave their house in central Porto, due to real estate speculation, and had its world premiere at the International Festival of Venice cinema in September this year.

Produced in Portugal, the 20-minute film is screenplayed by Leonor Teles, Vicente Gil, Salvador Gil, Maria Gil & Francisco Mira Godinho, and is produced by Filipa Reis, Leonor Teles & João Miller Guerra.

For its part, ‘Les Extraordinaires Mésaventures de la jeune fille de pierre’ is a 20-minute short film written and directed by Gabriel Abrantes, produced by the Portuguese filmmaker and Justin Taurand, in a Luso-French co-production.

The film – with the story of a Louvre sculpture that flees to the streets of Paris because it is tired of being an ornamentation – was presented in May at the 51st Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.

In the same category they were named ‘Watermelon Juice’ by Irene Moray (Spain), ‘The Christimas Gift’ by Bogdan Muresanu (Romania/Spain), and ‘Reconstruction’ by Jirí Havlícek & Ondrej Novák (Czech Republic).

Nominations for the Fipresci Prize include ‘Aniara’ by Pella Kågerman (Sweden/Denmark), ‘Atlantis’ by Mati Diop (Senegal/Belgium/France),’ Blind Spot ‘by Tuva Novotny (Norway/Denmark),’ Irina ‘by Nadejda Koseva (Bulgaria),’ Les Miserables’ by Ladj Ly (France) and ‘Ray & Liz’ by Richard Billingham (United Kingdom).

In the animated film category are named ‘Bunuel en el Laberinto de Las Tortugas’ by Salvador Simó (Spain / Netherlands),’ J´ai lost mon bodies’ by Jérémy Clapin (France), ‘L´Extraordinaire voyage de Marona ‘by Anca Damian (France / Belgium / Romania) and’ Les hirondelles de Caboul ‘by Zabou Breitman (France/Luxembourg/Switzerland).

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