Portuguese co-production wins prize at Cannes
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Spanish director Albert Serra's film "Liberté", co-produced as his previous works by the Portuguese Rosa Filmes, won Friday night the Special Jury Prize of Un Certain Regard, the official parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, for where the films that did not take place in the competition for Palma de Ouro but which for their quality, boldness or aesthetic or thematic relevance deserve to be shown at the festival.
This is the case of "Liberté", the new film of the director of "Cavalry Honor" and "The Death of Louis XIV" and whose story takes place in 1774, a few years before the French Revolution, when a group of aristocrats and libertines expelled from the Puritan court of Louis XVI seek support from the legendary Duke of Walchen, seductive and free German thinker. And boldness is not lacking in this new bet of the Catalan director, who builds his film on long and elaborate plans, of enormous pictorial beauty and where free and explicit sex takes over the narrative space.
After the award was given, producer Joaquim Sapinho spoke to JN. "Rosa Filmes has been very involved in the production of the last three Albert Serra films. In fact, the last two were shot in Portugal," he said. About the new project, he explained that "it all started because a year ago we proposed to him, after the play he had created in Berlin, that he should make a movie, and that the shooting should be in Portugal. And so it was."
About the importance of the award, Joaquim Sapinho stressed that "the presence in Cannes and this award is the culmination of an adventure" and left the guarantee that "will give other films, in which Rosa Films is also involved. For Portuguese cinema this award , and the others we have received, signify a recognition of the work developed and the affirmation of the internationalization of Portuguese cinema. "
And speaks Portuguese the great winner of the Un Certain Regard Award. "The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão" by Karim Ainouz is, by the way, the first Brazilian film to win a main prize in Cannes for 50 years. The story takes place in the 1950s in a Puritan Rio de Janeiro, where moral codes cause two young sisters to be separated, never knowing anything about each other.
Oliver Laxe's Galician film "What Burns" has won the Jury Prize, chaired by Lebanese "Capernaum" filmmaker Nadine Labaki, who this year came to the Oscars and the other awards include the Special Mention a "Jeanne" by Bruno Dumont and the Chiara Mastroianni Interpretation Prize for his role as "Chambre 212" by Christophe Honoré.
The Palme d'Or and the remaining awards of the jury of the official competitive selection will be announced this Saturday from 19.15 local time (one more than in mainland Portugal).