In the eighth edition of the Sophia prizes, awarded by the Portuguese Academy of Cinema at Casino Estoril (Cascais), the film ‘A Herdade’ was nominated in 15 categories, having won seven awards, including those for best film, directing and female interpretation, by Sandra Faleiro and Ana Vilela Costa.
Another of the favorite films of this edition was ‘Variações’, by João Maia, having also collected seven prizes, among which the best male representation, for Sérgio Praia – in the role of António Variações – and for the actor Filipe Duarte, distinguished by title posthumous as best secondary actor.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the director Tiago Guedes won three awards from the Portuguese Film Academy: the best director with “A Herdade”, the one with the original script, shared with the writer Rui Cardoso Martins for this film, and the best argument adapted by the film “Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes”, which he also directed.
Throughout the night, some of the winners, such as Sandra Faleiro and Edgar Medina, expressed solidarity with professionals in the sector who are experiencing difficulties with enormous dignity and effort.
In this Sophia edition, ‘Tio Tomás, Contabilidade dos Dias’, by Regina Pessoa, was elected the best animation short, ‘Raposa’, by Leonor Noivo, the best documentary short film and “Fábrica”, by Diogo Barbosa, the best fiction short.
‘Until the Porn Separates Us’, by Jorge Pelicano, won the prize for best documentary.
The Sophia Awards are an initiative of the Portuguese Cinema Academy, an institution that also awarded career prizes to directors Fernando Matos Silva, António-Pedro Vasconcelos and Alfredo Tropa, recently deceased.
The ceremony was supposed to take place in March, but was postponed to September because of the covid-19.