‘Ruby’ and ‘Invisível Herói’ awarded at international festivals

Cristèle Alves Meira’s latest film, which premiered at the IndieLisboa Festival and had its international debut at Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2019, received the Best Short Film Award at the 31st edition of the International Film Festival. Ljubljana cinema in Slovenia.

The “Invisível Herói” is a Portuguese-French co-production that reports the search for Duarte, a 50-year-old blind man, for his friend Leandro, a mysteriously missing Cape Verdean immigrant.

The short film has already been shown at around 30 international festivals and has won several awards, such as the Audience Award in Leiden, the Netherlands, and the Best European Film Award at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, among others.

Cristèle Alves Meira, who is trained as an actress and worked as a theater director, is now preparing her first feature film, “Bruxa”, which will be filmed in Trás-os-Montes, next year.

The film “Ruby”, by Mariana Gaivão, premiered in Portugal in July and had already received the award for Best Director at the Curtas de Vila do Conde festival.

Later, it was shown at festivals such as Rotterdam (IFFR), in the Netherlands, the Palm Springs Festival, in the United States of America, and the Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal festival, in Canada.

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