Entering the intimacy and daily life of an amateur singer, the film reveals a charismatic young man who, discovering Jacques Brel’s poetry, finds his Algerian roots.
The fiction “Between Heaven and Earth“, by Najwa Najjar (Palestinian co-production, Luxembourg, Iceland), was awarded an Honorable Mention. The Best Short Film was chosen by the jury, composed of researchers, producers and programmers Ana Catarina Pereira, Jesús Soria and Rita Capucho, the French film “Matriochkas“, by Bérangère Mc Neese.
Three Honorable Mentions in the same category were also awarded to the films “The Load“, by Giulia Giapponesi (Italy), “The Golden Age“, by Eric Minh Cuong Castaing (France), “Extra Safe“, by Nouran Sherif (Egypt).
The winning film in the Travessias Competition was the documentary “#387”, by Madeleine Leroyer, a co-production from France, Belgium, and Italy.
The jury, composed by researchers Cristina Roldão, Faranaz Keshavjee, and Catarina Simão, also awarded an Honorable Mention to the Israeli documentary “A Fish Tale”, by Emmanuelle Mayer.
In the section Start to Look – School Films, Elsa Mendes, from the National Film Plan, director Graça Castanheira and programmer Susana Santos Rodrigues attributed the prize to the animated film “Stepless”, by Nadège Jankowicz.
The same jury also awarded three Honorable Mentions to the Israeli fiction “Cindy“, by Shemer Gaon Baraba, to the documentary “Sonder“, by Ana Monteiro, and to the Portuguese animation “Still Life”, by Francisca de Abreu Coutinho.
Similar to what happened in the previous edition, the trophies of the awards were designed and executed by the students of the ceramic class at the António Arroio School, in Lisbon.
Olhares do Mediterraneo is the first and oldest female film festival in Portugal and is the only one dedicated to cinematography of the Mediterranean basin.
The Festival is a project by the group Olhares do Mediterraneo and the Center for Research Network in Anthropology, being directed by Antónia Pedroso de Lima, Sara David Lopes, and Silvia di Marco.