The film ‘Cabaret Maxime’, by director Bruno de Almeida, won the Grand Prix of the Caminhos do Cinema festival in Coimbra, which awarded Jorge Pelicano the best documentary and first feature by Leonor Teles as the best of fiction.
The Portuguese Film Festival Grand Prix was attributed to the film by Bruno de Almeida, which tells the story of Bennie Gaza, owner of a cabaret where a group of artists presents musical, burlesque, comedy and striptease numbers, at a time when the neighbourhood where it is located begins to undergo a process of gentrification.
“A text that is built in the ruins of a world that does not come back,” said the jury, on the work of Bruno de Almeida, who also received the award for best director.
Leonor Teles, with her first feature film “Terra Franca”, a documentary, received the award for best feature of fiction.
“The jury decided to award this award to a feature film documentary. Filmed in a long time and with narrative devices as complex as a fiction film, the film reminds us of what remains, beyond all the storms,” said the jury of the Paths.
Leonor Teles also won the D. Quijote Award from the International Cineclube Federation, which also decided to award an honourable mention to “Maria”, by Catarina Neves Ricci.
Jorge Pelicano’s film “Until Porno Separates” won the award for best documentary, with the jury considering that this work on the relationship between a conservative mother and the gay porn actor son is “more than anything, a great love story. ”
“Entre Sombras”, by Mónica Santos and Alice Guimarães, won the best animation of the festival, and “Anteu” by João Vladimiro, the best short.
Manuel João Vieira’s musical work for “Cabaret Maxime” won the award for best soundtrack, a film that still won the award for best art direction for the work of João Torres.
João Ribeiro won the photography direction award, in the film “The Tree”, by André Gil Mata.
The press prize went to “Bostofrio, oú le ciel rejoint la terre”, by Paulo Carneiro.
In the Essays section (dedicated to films produced in an academic context), “A Marco no Futebol”, by José Caetano (University of Beira Interior) received the prize in the national competition and “Vidas Cinza” by Leonardo Martinelli in the international competition.
The festival started on November 23rd, with the symposium “Fusões no Cinema”, in São João da Madeira, and the cinematographic competition of the main selection took place at the Academic Theater of Gil Vicente (TAGV), in Coimbra, where today the closing ceremony and delivery of prizes, by 21:45.
In its 24th edition, the festival dedicated to Portuguese cinema had 26 feature films, 110 short films, 17 documentaries and 21 animations, in a total of 74 hours, five minutes and 55 seconds of “new paths”.