Leonor Silveira receives the first Bárbara Virgínia Award
by Vitor Pinto
- The new prize created by the Academy of Portuguese Cinema is named after the country’s first female director
Tonight, Portuguese actress Leonor Silveira is being honoured with the first Bárbara Virgínia Award – a prize created by the Academy of Portuguese Cinema and dedicated to women who stand out in the film business.
Silveira, described by the jury as “a unique actress, one of a kind in Portugal and in the world”, is mainly known for her various performances in the films of Manoel de Oliveira, including Abraham’s Valley (1993), Porto of My Childhood (2001) and Magic Mirror (2005). Silveira was also involved in the management of Portugal’s film body, the ICA, until 2012. Her most recent film appearance was in João Nicolau’s new feature, John From [+see also:
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The Bárbara Virgínia Award is named after the first Portuguese female director, whose film Três Dias Sem Deus screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. Virgínia then moved to Brazil, where she died last March at the age of 92.
The ceremony will also include the exhibition of a work-in-progress version of the film Quem é Bárbara Virgínia, directed by journalist-turned-filmmaker Luísa Sequeira.