Rage wins the 7th edition of the Sophia Awards
by Teresa Vieira
- Contrary to expectations, Sérgio Tréfaut’s film outperformed António-Pedro Vasconcelos’ Parque Mayer, which cashed in on a mere three prizes out of its 15 nominations
Rage [+see also:
film profile], Sérgio Tréfaut’s second feature, has emerged as the big winner of the seventh edition of the Portuguese Film Academy’s Sophia Awards ceremony. Rage (a Portuguese-Brazilian-French co-production by Faux, Refinaria Filmes and Les Films d’Ici) is a cinematic adaptation of Seara de Vento, a novel by Manuel da Fonseca, which portrays the brutal consequences of the social inequalities, and poor working and living conditions in the rural lands of the Alentejo region in the 1950s – a land marked by the dark times of the Portuguese dictatorship.
Tréfaut’s film scooped a total of six prizes: Best Picture, Best Cinematography (for Acácio de Almeida), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sérgio Tréfaut and Fátima Ribeiro), Best Actress (Isabel Ruth), Best Actor (Hugo Bentes) and Best Supporting Actor (Adriano Luz).
Parque Mayer, a cinematic homage to revista – a traditional and popular genre of Portuguese theatre – directed by António Pedro Vasconcelos, came up short, despite winning the Best Director Award: of its 15 nominations, Parque Mayer cashed in on a mere three, outpaced not only by Rage, but also by Soldado Milhões [+see also:
film profile], the second most-awarded film at the ceremony. Soldado Milhões, a film that focuses on Aníbal Augusto Milhais – a Portuguese hero from the Battle of the Lys during World War I – directed by Gonçalo Galvão Teles and Jorge Paixão da Costa, won five prizes: Best Film Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Special Effects and Best Sound.
Between the Shadows (Portugal/France), the winner of the Best Animated Short Film Prize, uses pixilation and stop-motion techniques to tell the story of Natália, a woman who has a tedious, repetitive job in a bank where hearts can be deposited or saved up. She begins a quest for true love and ends up caught in a personal dilemma: she must decide whether she can entrust her heart to someone else, or whether she should keep it to herself. Directed by Mónica Santos and Alice Eça Guimarães, and co-produced by Vivement Lundi! and Un Segundo Filmes, Between the Shadows was the only Portuguese film nominated for the 44th César Awards. The other winners in the short-film category were Filipe Melo’s Sleepwalk, for Best Short Fiction Film, and Kids Sapiens Sapiens by António Aleixo, which snagged the Best Short Documentary Film Award. The Best Documentary Film Award was bestowed upon O Labirinto da Saudade, an adaptation of Eduardo Lourenço’s book of the same name, which deconstructs the Portuguese ethos, directed by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes.
The TV series Sara, created by Marco Martins and Bruno Nogueira, won the Best Television Film Award. “Cudin”, a song composed by Miguel Moreira (also known as “Tibars”) and Vasco Viana for the movie Djon Africa [+see also:
film profile] (Portugal/Cape Verde), won Best Original Song, and Cabaret Maxime [+see also:
film profile] (Portugal/USA) by Bruno Almeida won Best Soundtrack.
Most of this year’s Sophia Prize winners – namely, Rage, O Labirinto da Saudade, Sleepwalk, Between the Shadows and Kids Sapiens Sapiens – will be screened across the country at the first of two annual editions of Festa do Cinema, unspooling between 13 and 15 May.
Here is the complete list of winners:
O Labirinto da Saudade – Miguel Gonçalves Mendes
António-Pedro Vasconcelos – Parque Mayer
Isabel Ruth – Rage
Hugo Bentes – Rage
Best Supporting Actor
Adriano Luz - Rage
Best Adapted Screenplay
Sérgio Tréfaut and Fátima Ribeiro - Rage
Acácio de Almeida - Rage
Best Film Editing
João Braz - Soldado Milhões
Pedro Melo, Branko Neskov, Ivan Neskov and Elsa Ferreira - Soldado Milhões
Best Artistic Direction
Joana Cardoso - Soldado Milhões
Best Special Effects
Jorge Carvalho and Carlos Amaral - Soldado Milhões
Best Costume Design
Maria Gonzaga - Parque Mayer
Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Abigail Machado and Mário Leal - Parque Mayer
Best Television Film or Miniseries
Sara - Marco Martins and Bruno Nogueira
Best Short Documentary Film
Kids Sapiens Sapiens - António Aleixo
Best Short Fiction Film
Sleepwalk - Filipe Melo
Best Short Animation Film
Between the Shadows - Mónica Santos and Alice Guimarães (Portugal/France)
Best Student Film
Terra Ardida - Francisco Romão (ETIC)
Pedro Efe (actor) and Lia Gama (actress)
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