Capitão Falcão snags six trophies at the Sophia Awards
by Vitor Pinto
- Amor Impossível, which garnered 17 nominations, won in the main sections, including Best Film, Best Actor (José Mata) and Best Actress (Victoria Guerra)
João Leitão's Capitão Falcão [+see also:
film profile] pocketed six Sophia Awards last Friday at the 2016 ceremony held to hand out Portugal's film prizes. The superhero-based, satirical take on Portuguese fascism won out over the favourite, Amor Impossível [+see also:
interview: Victória Guerra
film profile] by António-Pedro Vasconcelos, which took home four Sophias. Totally absent from the winning list was Arabian Nights [+see also:
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile] by Miguel Gomes, one of last year's most highly praised Portuguese titles.
Amor Impossível, which racked up a total of 17 nominations, stood out in the main categories, winning Best Film, Best Actor (José Mata), Best Actress (Victoria Guerra) and Best Sound, whereas Capitão Falcão won six of the ten sections in which it was nominated: Best Supporting Actor (José Pinto in the role of dictator Salazar), Best Music (Pedro Marques), Best Original Script (João Leitão and Nuria León Bernardo), Best Make-up, Best Artistic Director and Best Costumes.
If I Were a Thief… I’d Steal received two Sophias: Best Supporting Actress (Carla Chambel) and Best Photography, given to veteran DoP Acácio de Almeida, who dedicated the award to late director Paulo Rocha.
Yvone Kane [+see also:
film profile], a family drama set in an imaginary African country, earned Margarida Cardoso the Sophia for Best Director, while Jorge Pelicano saw his film Pára-me de Repente o Pensamento, shot in a Porto psychiatric institution, chosen as Best Documentary.
The Achievement Awards went to DoP Fernando Costa and veteran actress Carmen Dolores, who received a standing ovation from the audience. In her speech, Dolores talked about her work with directors António Lopes Ribeiro, António de Macedo and José Fonseca e Costa, who died last November and whose “enthusiasm, anxiety and delicious bad temper” clearly left their mark on Dolores’ memory.
The Sophia Awards were launched in 2012 – a year after the creation of the Portuguese Film Academy – in order for Portuguese film professionals to be rewarded by their peers.
Victoria Guerra – Amor Impossível
José Mata – Amor Impossível
Best Supporting Actress
Carla Chambel – If I Were a Thief… I’d Steal
Best Original Script
João Leitão and Nuria Leon Bernardo – Capitão Falcão
Acácio de Almeida – If I Were a Thief… I’d Steal
Best Artistic Direction
Nuno Tomaz, Mário Melo Costa and João Leitão – Capitão Falcão
Vasco Pedroso, Branko Neskov and Elsa Ferreira – Amor Impossível
Pedro Marques – Capitão Falcão
Best Feature Documentary
Pára-me de repente o pensamento – Jorge Pelicano
Helena Gonçalves – Capitão Falcão
Isabel Quadros – Capitão Falcão
Best Student Film
Terra Mãe – Ricardo Couto (ESMAE)
Carmen Dolores and Fernando Costa