Queer Lisboa 22 Awards List
Tonight took place the Closing Ceremony of Queer Lisboa 22 – International Queer Film Festival, in Cinema São Jorge, where the Festival announced the winners of the Feature Film Competition, Documentary Competition, Short-Film Competition, In My Shorts Competition - which awards the Best School Film -, Queer Art Competition, so as the audience awards.
Awards Feature Film Competition
Best Feature Film: Marilyn, by Martín Rodríguez Redondo (Argentina, Chile, 2018, 80')
Best Actress: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, And Breathe Normally (Ísold Uggadóttir, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, 2018, 100’)
Best Actor: Victor Polster, Girl (Lukas Dhont, Belgium, Holand, 2018, 105’)
Special Mention: Hard Paint, by Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon (Brazil, 2018, 118’)
Audience Award: Girl, by Lukas Dhont (Belgium, Holand, 2018, 105’)
Best Documentary: Room for a Man, by Anthony Chidiac (Lebanon, USA, 2017, 77’)
Special Mention: Letters to a Book Thief, by Caio Cavechini, Carlos Juliano Barros (Brazil, 2017, 97’)
Audience Award: Lunàdigas - Ovvero Delle Donne Senza Figli, by Nicoletta Nesler and Marilisa Piga (Italy, 2016, 78')
Short Film Competition
Best Short Film: Would You Look At Her, by Goran Stolevski (Macedonia, 2017, 18’)
Special Mention: The Orphan, by Carolina Markowicz (Brazil, 2018, 15’)
Audience Award: The Orphan, by Carolina Markowicz (Brazil, 2018, 15’)
In My Shorts Competition
Best School Short Film: Mathias, by Clara Stern (Austria, 2017, 30')
Special Mention: Three Centimetres, by Lara Zeidan (Reino Unido, 2017, 9')
Queer Art Competition
Best Queer Art Film: My Own Private Hell, by Guto Parente, Pedro Diogenes (Brazil, 2018, 82’)
Special Mention: Martyr, by Mazen Khaled (Lebanon, Italy, 2017, 84’)
The Feature Film Competition Jury, composed by Didier Roth-Bettoni, Hugo van der Ding and Leonor Silveira, elected these winners: The award for Best Feature Film of Queer Lisboa 22 was handed out to Marilyn (Argentina, Chile, 2018), by Martín Rodríguez Redondo, a 1000€ cash award. The Jury defined the film as "A debut feature, with a language that is never manipulative, this is a realist gaze which presents us a portrait of an overwhelming society. Lost from its very beginning, a battle of beauty and horror where the sole liberation is through a never-ending tragedy."
The Jury gave the award for Best Actress to Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, for her performance in And Breathe Normally (Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, 2018) by Ísold Uggadóttir. “A noble and subtle performance, a character in control even when all around her goes adrift. The bravery of a woman.”
The award for Best Actor was given to Victor Polster for his performance in Girl (Belgium, Holand, 2018), directed by Lukas Dhont. “He goes beyond gender. A performance that surpasses gender boundaries. Victor Polster is the film."
The Audience Award for Best Feature Film went to Girl (Belgium, Holand, 2018), by Lukas Dhont.
The same Jury decided to give a Special Mention to Hard Paint (Brazil, 2018), directed by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon. “A narrative with an organic language, on a generation in an aggressive universe. A film that represents a country that has become a prison for its minorities and its youth.’”.
The Documentary Competition Jury, composed by Esra Özban, Margarida Leitão and Rui Filipe Oliveira, deliberated to give the Award for Best Documentary to the film Room for a Man (Lebanon, USA, 2017), directed by Anthony Chidiac, a 3000€ prize handed out by RTP2 for the purchase of the exhibition copyright for public television. The Jury stated: “The Jury award for the Documentary Competition goes to Room for a Man by Anthony Chidiac, who bravely invites us into his room in Beirut and expresses intimate conflicts with an elaborate cinematic language. Delicately reflecting on the encounters with himself, his family and the ‘others’, the poetical and personal essay of Chidiac creates a room for us to participate in his journey."
The same Jury decided to give a Special Mention to Letters to a Book Thief (Brazil, 2017), directed by Caio Cavechini and Carlos Juliano Barros. “The directors Caio Cavechini and Carlos Juliano Barros meticulously tell the peculiar story of Laéssio Rodrigues, whose love for Carmen Miranda made him a talented book thief and a famous ‘criminal’. Exposing the rottenness of the system and Laéssio’s controversial queer alternatives full of humor and sarcasm, the film confronts us with the boundaries of ethics, the hypocrisy of justice and the harsh reality of class struggle.”
The Audience Award for Best Documentary went to Lunàdigas - Ovvero Delle Donne Senza Figli (Italy, 2016), directed by Nicoletta Nesler and Marilisa Piga.
The Short Film Competition Jury, composed by Maria Leite, Rob Eagle and Thomas Mendonça, decided to award Would You Look At Her (Macedonia, 2017), directed by Goran Stolevski, as Best Short Film, a 1500€ award handed out by RTP2 for the purchase of the exhibition copyright for public television. The Jury stated: “Set in a religious Macedonian community, the film is a darkly absurd comedy of a queer teenager who breaks with convention and comes out on top. This film is sharp and has so much to say to its audience beyond its 18 minutes.”
The same Jury gave a Special Mention to The Orphan (Brazil, 2018), directed by Carolina Markowicz. “For its simple and beautiful portrayal of a reality that seemed very relevant to us to highlight. Based on a true story, it’s a touching and endearing portrait of a queer orphan in Sao Paolo.”, said the Jury.
The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to The Orphan (Brazil, 2018), directed by Carolina Markowicz.
The In My Shorts Competition Jury, composed by Ágata Pinto, Fernando Galrito and Marta Fernandes, decided to give the Award for Best School Short Film, an award in video equipment handed out by MUCH Underwear to Mathias (Austria, 2017, 30'), directed by Clara Stern. “For the intelligent and humane way in which the trans character is built, in all his complexity, never reducing him to a stereotype. For the way the spaces inhabited by the lead character – home, work and outside world – become essential to his dramaturgic construction and that of all the others he interacts with. A film built on a technically strong foundation, with a rich physical space and soundscape that coherently support the whole narrative.”, the Jury said.
The same Jury also gave a Special Mention to Three Centimetres (United Kingdom, 2017, 9'), by Lara Zeidan. “A cinematic exercise that through its device and dialogues manages to go from a ludic and sharing space to a claustrophobic one, thus approaching complex questions such as sexuality in a segregating culture.”, the Jury said.
The Queer Art Competition Jury, composed by Paula Arantzazu Ruiz, Ricardo Teixeira and Victor dos Reis, decided to give the Award for Best Queer Art Film to My Own Private Hell (Brazil, 2018), directed by Guto Parente and Pedro Diogenes. The Jury stated: “For its visual and poetic narrative which transcends the theatrical dimension and above all celebrates its protagonists, highlighting their tenderness, vulnerability, and courage. Entrapped and refugees in a non-place and in a state of awaiting, they tell us of the importance of opening up to the unknown and fleeing away. ”
The same Jury gave a Special Mention to Martyr (Lebanon, Italy, 2017), directed by Mazen Khaled. The Jury said: “A portentous visual and highly choreographed proposal that affirms itself in the time extension of the images, artistic genres and faiths.”
Queer Lisboa 22 closes with a positive note this special edition, screening 100 films from 32 countries. Nest year Queer Lisboa 23 will take place from 20th to 28th September 2019.