The film Terra Franca, by Leonor Teles, today received the Best Documentary Award at the 22nd Malaga Festival in southern Spain, which ends on Sunday, its producer announced.
‘Terra Franca’ is the first documentary feature film by Leonor Teles, and was shot entirely in Vila Franca de Xira, Ribatejo, accompanying the film narrative the life of Albertino Lobo and his family.
The film debuted outside Portugal last year because the director believes that “this is how the market works”.
“A film has to be successful outside and then have success in the country. I think this premiere in France will allow this to happen in Portugal too,” the director told last year in a short presentation of the documentary.
Over the course of a year, Leonor Teles accompanied Albertino Lobo, a fisherman from Vila Franca de Xira, from where the director is natural, and portrayed the contingencies and incongruities of his work and family over four seasons.
After calling attention to the short films “Rhoma Acans” and “Ballad of A Batráquio” – that made her the youngest winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin – Leonor Teles began in the feature film with “Terra Franca”, among others, has already received the Best First Prize of the International Competition at the 33rd Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina and was awarded the Prix de la Ville d’Amiens at 38 . International Festival du Film d’Amiens, France.
The film also received SCAM Internacional, at the Cinema du Réel Festival, the Portuguese Competition Schools Prize at the Doc Lisboa festival, and the Prizes for Best Fiction and D. Quijote, the jury of the International Federation of Cineclubes at the Festival Paths of the Portuguese Cinema.