The Grand Prize of the 28th edition of the Curtas de Vila de Conde film festival, which ended this Sunday, was awarded to “The Unseen River” (“The Invisible River”) by Vietnamese director Pham Ngoc Lân.
After “Blessed Land” (2019), also shown in competition at Curtas, Pham Ngoc Lân, trained in architecture and urbanism, takes a critical look at the territory, exploring the metaphorical relations between time, dream and river, in a fictional film, 23 minutes.
In the National Competition, the Prize for the Best Film went to “Noite Turva”, by Diogo Salgado, which debuts at this Vila-Condense festival, with this fiction work, with 14 minutes, in which the director makes room for the viewer to enlarge their longings in the way the film slowly unravels its plot.
The Audience Award went to “O Nosso Reino”, by Luís Costa, the Best Director Award went to “Armor“, a documentary of Portuguese-Canadian production, by Sandro Aguilar, while “Nha Mila“, by Denis Fernandes, was the festival’s choice for a candidate for the European Film Awards.
In the International Competition, the Fiction Prize was awarded to “Dustin“, by Naïla Guiguet, from France, the Documentary Prize to “Hidden“, a Franco-Iranian production by Jafar Panahi, the Animation Prize “Elo“, by the Portuguese-French, Alexandra Ramires, while the Public Prize was attributed to “Physique de la Tristesse“, by Theodore Ushev, from Canada.
In terms of music videos, “Batida Presents: Ikoquwe – Vaivai“, by Pedro Coquenão and Manuel Lino, collected the prize, while “South“, by Morgan Quaintance, from the United Kingdom, won in the Experimental Prize category.
In the Curtinhas Competition, which includes films dedicated to children and teenagers, the prize was awarded to “To: Gerard”, by North American Taylor Meacham, while the My Generation Prize, aimed at the age group between 14 and 18 years old, was collected by “I Julia”, by Arvin Kananian, from Sweden.
Another highlight is the Take One competition, dedicated to films produced in film schools, which in this year’s edition won “I Don’t Like 5PM“, by Francisco Dias, from Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, while award for best director went to Lucas Tavares, from Ubi Cinema – University of Beira Interior.
This edition of the Festival Curtas de Vila do Conde, which started on October 3 and ended this Sunday, had 48 films in national debut, in the official selection for the international and experimental competition, having highlighted the works by Sergei Loznitsa (Ukraine) and Jafar Panahi (Iran)