The Last Family triumphs at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival
by Vitor Pinto
- Jan P Matuszynski’s feature scooped both the festival’s Grand Prize and Revelation Award
First revealed at the latest Locarno Film Festival, The Last Family [+see also:
film profile] by Polish director Jan P Matuszynski has now won the Grand Prize at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, which came to an end on Sunday evening. Based on the life of Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, the film was also crowned with the Revelation Award. The jury members included Jerzy Skolimowski, Marthe Keller, Valentina Lodovini and André Saraiva.
Sand Storm [+see also:
film profile] by Israeli director Elite Zexer received the Special Jury Prize. The film, which is Israel’s Oscars submission (read more), explores women struggling in a patriarchal society through the story of a girl whose love affair with a young man outside of her tribe challenges the traditions of her Bedouin mother and father.
Screened in competition, Elle [+see also:
film profile] by Paul Verhoeven was crowned with the Audience Award – which seems to bode well for the Isabelle Huppert-starrer, as it is scheduled to open this week in local theatres, courtesy of Paulo Branco’s distribution outfit, Medeia Filmes.
The Best Short Film Award – which focuses on the works of students from international film schools – went to The Sleeping Saint by Laura Samani, from Italy’s Centro Sperimentale de Cinematografia.
This year’s Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival included several retrospectives (dedicated to Jean-Luc Godard, Emir Kusturica, Jerzy Skolimowski and Teresa Villaverde, among others) and visits from several celebrities, such as Monica Bellucci, Jim Jarmusch (as the producer of Gabe Klinger’s film Porto [+see also:
interview: Gabe Klinger
film profile]), Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu (the latter of whom are respectively the director and lead actor of Le Divan de Staline [+see also:
film profile], which also screened at the festival). Without specifying any figures, artistic director Paulo Branco announced that the number of audience members had increased compared to previous editions: “It was a great surprise, particularly since we have programmed difficult titles, which, in principle, would be risky to show.”
TAP Revelation Award
The Last Family - Jan P Matuszynski
Best Short Film Award
The Sleeping Saint - Laura Samani (Italy)
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