Here are the awarded films of IndieLisboa 2018

International Competition Feature Film Jury

Feature Film Grand Prize “City of Lisbon”

Baronesa, by Juliana Antunes
I Remember the Crows, by Gustavo Vinagre

Baronesa – “Drawing an intimate portrait of two women in the Juliana favela of Belo Horizonte, the film Baronesa stretches the tension between the extreme violence that arrive from offscreen and the possibility of tenderness that is built inside self-made walls. The signs of a complicit construction of a feminine gaze towards reality – which Juliana and the actresses are able to create in the film – are part of its beauty and strongly resonate in the communication the film establishes with the historic moment of its country.”

I Remember the Crows – “A sleepless night in São Paulo, spent in an apartment that increasingly resembles a set, with a glass of rosé, a birdcage and a kimono as props. A conversation between an actress and a filmmaker, each acting out a role no one said is fixed: an encounter, a meeting of equals, a performance, a true collaboration. A life story marked by abuse, transition and suffering but not defined by them, there is always humor, family, cinema. When you see the sun rise in the morning, it’s just like watching another film, it gives comfort, it gives energy, it gives hope.”

TVCine & Series Channels Special Award

Baronesa, by Juliana Antunes
I Remember the Crows, by Gustavo Vinagre

International Competition Short Film Jury

Short Film Grand Prize
Solar Walk, by Réka Bucsi

“Solar Walk is, by far, the most exciting film we’ve seen in this competition. In so many ways, it could have been a problematic case of audacity of huge gone wrong, but it is just the opposite, leading the audience through a complex yet flowy journey through a colorfull existence. This animated science fiction voyage, hypnotizes the viewer with its imaginative forms, spaces and richness of textures. In the film, surprising and playful shifts between familiar and extraterrestrial subjects create psychological tension, and a cosmic rhythm of entropy. Skilful and delicate execution of images and audio evoke afterimages of authors such as Andrei Tarkovski and Stanly Kubrick.”

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film
Braguino, by Clément Cogitore 

Braguino is an outstanding exercise of thought in film. Throughout intense and ultra subjective sequences, images capture the savage beauty of nature, wild life, a sort of primitive-carefree-innocent living in the 21st century. Seasoned with splashes of paranoia and clan rivalry, Braguino is dense and coherent, muscled and childish. With it’s first images this progressive film leads the audience through a micro cosmos located in a remote region of Siberia, and depicts human life of two rival families in the mosquito filled summer months. The film shows a fragmented yet coherent image of the location and its inhabitants, two families at war. Through innovative and intensive montage of sound and image, the film grows into an allegory of primal human survival and shows the consequences of when society aggressively penetrates the idyllic.”

Macao Tourism Awards for Best Animation
Rabbit’s Blood, by Sarina Nihei

“A surrealist hand-drawn tragicomedy with so many actions/reactions in it and an abrupt ending. It hooked us to the point that we want to know what happens next. In the line of many questions and puzzles this film rapidly evokes, one stands out: What is death? Rabbits Blood is a disturbing and elegant animation about violence and solitude, told from the perspective of a child. In the labyrinth structure of the causes and effects life unfolds as an absurd play.”

Macao Tourism Awards for Best Documentary
The Good Education, by GuYu

Educating the masses to a greater living seems like the perfect plot, except that this isn’t a plot, it’s the documented reality inThe Good Education. Resisting the rules, feeling oppressed by colleagues and the system, PeiPei is trapped in what seems to be her persisting problem: resistance. Individuality versus the bulk actions of the chinese teaching system. This straightforward documentary portraits a young art student and moves the viewer beautifully between darkness and light, coldness and warmth. The Good Education shows a fraction of its protagonist’s life not explaining the past nor speculating the future. Witnessing the public pressures over her privacy, language over her silence, we look at a person who resists. Her power, like the one of the film, is grounded in the fragility of life and identity.”

Macao Tourism Awards for Best Fiction
Matria, by Álvaro Gago

Matria is a social drama that reflects deeply on the condition of women in an impoverished and deserted Galicia. For Matria, expect to experience tension, anxiety and compassion as you follow the portrayed day of Ramona’s life. Also, be prepared for hope.  Like a rock falling into water, this film sinks in the viewer’s conscience. It is fast and solid in form and somehow reflects a socio-political matter of today’s Galicia. Matria is a fiction film, almost breathing like a documentary due to the atmosphere it was shot and produced in. It explores topics such as family, human values, labour struggles and responsibility. The voice of the film grows out and further than the place and life of its fictional characters. It shows how human struggle, compromise and last, in the shrinking socio-economical space.”

Special Mention Macao Tourism Awards for Best Fiction
Coqueluche, by Aurélien Peyre

Coqueluche is one of those objects that you either love or hate. At least that’s what happened to us members of the Jury: it got us so divided and made us talk for such a long time. Already thankful for that: for giving us the chance to discuss it vividly since we first watched it, constantly comparing it to the other films in the same category. And yesterday, on the sunny rooftop of Cinemateca, it was finally ruled out, making room for Matria to win. We loved the irony, the subjectivity, everything that meant to ironize the ever so wanted french touch or style or allure or whatever it is. We love that the point of view is the one of Laurine’s, leaving it to the spectator to decide who to demonize. One of our main concerns was the building and exploitation of Laurine’s character, kind of problematic as it is so intensely objectified, and never really making it clear what she is: a victim or a true independent woman?

Considering most of the films involved in the competition had nature as their main character, especially in the form of water, it is clear for us, members of the Jury, there is an evident crisis on fiction/storytelling.

My final allegation as an individual is simple: constantly comparing Coqueluche to Matria, one final, very personal question rose, as both films were competing against each other: why was it so clear a social drama would win over a teenage flick? And what if perspectives changed and the same importance would be attributed to teenage matters? Would this visibility contribute to actively change mentalities and prevent a Laurine to turn into a Ramona?”

National Competition Jury

Allianz Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film
Our Madness, by João Viana

“João Viana’s work in OUR MADNESS goes further than an attempt at a cinematic language of its own, as an ecosystem where a sick beauty and an austere mythology coexist. It delivers us the isolation of ordinary madness transforming it into a space of freedom by our collective madness, a reflection of an ideal of cinema. We are pleased to deliver the Award for Best Film.”

Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film
The Dead, by Gonçalo Robalo 

“This short work enraptured us with its command of storytelling and perfectly calibrated timing and deadpan performance. A film that reveals a succession of personal vignettes addressing death with a searing dark humor and touching sense of humanity, we are pleased to give the Award for Best Portuguese Short Film to The Dead, by Gonçalo Robalo.”

Best Director in a Feature Film
André Gil Mata, for DRVO

“André Gil Mata with DRVO demonstrates full control over the use of the camera, the dramaturgical treatment, the cinematographic environment and the duration of the film, creating a coherent and unified universe. Evident references in this film acquire a unique personality which presupposes the future development of a cohesive and artistically strong language. We are pleased to give him the Award for Best Director.”

FCSH/NOVA New Talent Award
Amor, Avenidas Novas, by Duarte Coimbra

“Bursting with charm, energy, and offbeat humor, this film manages to surprise and delight with its inventive and absurdist spins on a story of contemporary young adulthood. Music becomes its own character as an awkward romance blossoms. We are thrilled to recognize this exciting new filmmaker, Duarte Coimbra, with the Prémio Novo Talento FCSH/Nova for the film Amor, Avenidas Novas.”

Walla Collective + Portugal Film Brand New Award
Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, by Rúben Gonçalves

“Rúben Gonçalves has an innate sense of the relationship between camera and the matter it depicts. Childhood, Boyhood, Youth, constitutes a daring example of cinema ‘vérité’ where the figure of the filmmaker protects itself within a profound love for the filmed subjects. Patent, the beauty of the unstable, the ability to capture the grace inherent to dance through a discreet performance in a fluid and transparent movement that brings us the different stages in the life of the dancers in school, from childhood to the discovery of an identity as an artist.”

Special Mention Walla Collective + Portugal Film Brand New Award
, de Lúcia Pires

“Lúcia Pires, with Fauna, stands on a graceful level of youth’s utopia and the need to believe, to have faith. It demonstrates sensitivity in the way the film represents myth and reality.”

Silvestre Jury

Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film
The Trial, by Maria Augusta Ramos

“For its cinematographic language, which allows us to make our own observations. Its open editing is fluent and elegant. A political drama told within the classic narrative without falling into the classic film-grammar and tools.

The Trial is a film on Brazilian politics which also shows the universal process of delegitimization of republican institutions and sheds a new light on the dangers to contemporary democracy.

This is a film about the structures of human life without ever losing humanity and emotions – a kind of film, that we would like to see more in contemporary cinema.”

IndieMusic Jury

Schweppes IndieMusic Award
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A, by Steve Loveridge

“Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, known in the world of pop music as M.I.A., is a complex, excessive, contradictory and intriguing figure. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., the film that Steve Loveridge dedicates to her, has the courage and the virtue of not trying to simplify the way the Sri Lankan artist is present in it. M.I.A. is unsubmissive and demanding, controversial and criticisable, and this narrative built on an astounding collection of images – which leads us to accompany her since childhood – does not try to smoothen edges or barrenly glorify its object of study, offering the viewer enough space to refuse it. Without reinventing the conventions of music documentaries, Steve Loveridge traces a portrait where we can also find the vulnerability of an admirable pop artist and political activist.”

Internacional Amnesty Jury

Amnesty International Award
Waste N0.5 The Raft of the Medusa, by Jan Ijäs 

“It is with subtle irony and with a lot of creativity that, in a game of temporal and geographical distances, the director sheds a light on the drama of those who seek refuge. Combining three formats, it explores the possible absurdity of the transformation of tragedy into art, making us question what makes us closer and what empathy means. The Jury awards the Amnesty International Award to Jan Ijas’ Waste No.5 Raft of the Medusa, for its welcoming message of  solidarity and respect for human rights.”

Árvore da Vida Jury

Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film
Russa, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Júnior

Special Mention
Bostofrio – Oú le Ciel Rejoint la Terre, by Paulo Carneiro

Schools Jury

Schools Award
Tremors, by Dawid Bodzak 

“This is the story of a peculiar portrait of one’s adolescence stage, immersed on an attempt of, through the induction of several unbalances, finding a balance. A short film that, through an allusion to something as unexpected as a backhoe, can destabilize and make us question what we achieve when testing the limits of the human being’s imperfections. It’s the result of a happy combination of elements, starting with the tittle, that is as overwhelming as its plot and the film’s ending, which no one can be indifferent to.

For these reasons. the judges decided to present the Schools Award to the short-film Drzenia, by Dawid Bodzak.”

Universities Jury

Universities Award
An Elephant Sitting Still, by Hu Bo

“It’s impossible to dissociate this film from the tragic event that haunts it’s existence. In spite of being capable of standing on it’s own, this story and these characters are a clear reflection of it’s author. The dense camera movements and the remarkable use of focus help to draw an image of a faded society that mirrors the city it inhabits. The elegant rhythmic and structural precision as well as the prodigious ability to create a bleak atmosphere, grant this film a humanistic beauty that certainly justifies it’s long duration. This work is an epic testament of a man to the world, in which the author’s empathy towards his own characters and the human condition itself reminds us of the need for compassion in our society.”

Audience Jury

Feature Film Award
The Trial, by Maria Augusta Ramos 

Short Film Award
Stay Ups, by Joanna Rytel

DoctorGummy IndieJunior Audience Award
Mr. Frog, by Anna van der Heide