‘The River’ by Kazakh director Emir Baigazin won the Best Film Award at the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival (LEFFEST), whose winners were announced today at a ceremony at the D.Maria II National Theater in Lisbon.
‘The River’, whose action unfolds in a remote village in Kazakhstan, is the third film by Emir Baigazin, 34, and comes after ‘Lessons of Harmony’ (2013) and ‘Ranenyy Angel’ (2016).
The John Bénard da Costa Jury Prize was awarded to two films: Julien Faraut’s “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” and Julius Bressane’s “Seduction of the Flesh”.
‘John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection’ is a documentary about the 1984 French Open final against John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl when McEnroe was the best tennis player in the world. ‘Seduction of the Flesh’ focuses on a single character, Siloe (played by Mariana Lima).
In this edition of LEFFEST, the Special Jury Prize for Best Director was awarded to Britain’s Richard Billingham for ‘Ray & Liz’, a film last “outside of Birmingham and on the fringes of society where the Billingham family performs extreme rituals and breaks social taboos, in a life decided by factors beyond their control. ”
The 12th LEFFEST jury consisted of Walter Salles, Chrysta Bell, Jonathan Littell, Jorge Queiroz, Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich.
The festival awards ceremony takes place at the D.Maria II National Theater and includes the presentation of a play for two pianos (not identified by the organization), by Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich.
Although the prizes are awarded today, LEFFEST only ends on Sunday, when the winning films will be shown.
‘The River’ passes at 9:00 p.m., in Room 1 of the Monumental Cinema, ‘John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection’, at 6:30 p.m., in the same room, ‘Seduction of the Flesh’ at 2:00 p.m. Nimas, and ‘Ray & Liz’, at 13:30, in Room 2 of the Monumental Cinema.
Also for Sunday, but at 16:00 in the National Theater D. Maria II, the debate is marked ‘The seed of populism and new fascism’, which counts with the participation of Aminata Dramane Traoré, Ângela Ferreira, Baltasar Garzón, Inês Branco López, Irene Pimentel, José Gil and Sarah Constantin.
After the debate will be presented ‘The Code’, presented by Baltasar Garzón.
The organization of the festival also highlights, but on Saturday, the session ‘The true version of Torre Bela: Uma utopia?’, Which includes the ‘Torre Bela’ exhibition, followed by a debate with Paulo Branco, José Manuel Costa, Chester Harlan, Roberto Perpignani, Camilo Mortágua, Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, Wilson Filipe, Francisco Fanhais, Francisco Bairrão Ruivo and Inês Branco López. The session is scheduled for 15:30, in room 4 of the Monumental cinema.
Also on Saturday, but at 4:30 p.m., in room 2 of Monumental, the debate ‘Going and coming: socio-political discussion on migrations’ follows the screening of the film ‘So Kadi: Paroles de Migrants, Porteurs d’Espoir’, of Awa Meité, in which Aminata Dramane Traoré and activist groups participate.
Still on Saturday, but at night, a conference is being held with the president of the feminist movement Femen in France, Sarah Constantin.
In the session, scheduled for 23:55 at Espaço Nimas, the film ‘Naked War’ will be projected, whose images “were captured by the director Joseph Paris during a year, during which he filmed the feminist movement Femen from the interior.”
The complete LEFFEST program can be found at www.leffest.com.