Portugal's Letters from War reach Hollywood
by Vitor Pinto
- Ivo M Ferreira’s film will also represent Portugal at Spain’s Goya Awards, in the Best Ibero-American Film category
As expected, the movie representing Portugal in the race for the 2017 Academy Awards will be Ivo M Ferreira’s epistolary drama Letters from War [+see also:
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film profile]. At the same time, the Academy of Portuguese Film has also announced that the O Som e a Fúria production has been submitted to the Goya Awards, where it may earn itself a nomination in the Best Ibero-American Film category.
The black-and-white film, which became one of the most hotly anticipated local productions of the year following its world premiere, in competition at the latest Berlinale, finally hit Portuguese screens on 1 September, and it has now added these submissions for the two prestigious awards to its CV.
Starring newcomer Miguel Nunes and Margarida Vila-Nova, Letters from War is an adaptation of the book by Portuguese author António Lobo Antunes, which collates the letters he sent to his pregnant wife when, as a young soldier, he was sent to the Colonial War in Africa.
The nominations for the 89th edition of the Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January 2017; the ceremony will take place on 29 February. No date has yet been announced for the upcoming Goyas ceremony.