FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
(Jury: Leonor Silveira, Didier Roth-Bettoni, Hugo van der Ding)
Best Feature Film: Marilyn (Argentina, Chile, 2018, 80'), by Martín Rodríguez Redondo.
“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”.
Best Actress: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, in And Breathe Normally (Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, 2018, 100'), by Ísold Uggadóttir.
"A noble and subtle performance, a character in control even when all around her goes adrift. The bravery of a woman".
Best Actor: Victor Polster in Girl (Belgium, Netherlands, 2018, 105'), by Lukas Dhont.
“He goes beyond gender. A performance that surpasses gender boundaries. Victor Polster is the film”.
Special Mention: Tinta Bruta (Brazil, 2018, 118'), 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”.
Audience Award: Girl (Belgium, Netherlands, 2018, 105'), by Lukas Dhont.
(Jury: Esra Özban, Margarida Leitão, Rui Filipe Oliveira)
Best Documentary: Room for a Man (Lebanon, USA, 2017, 77'), by Anthony Chidiac.
“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”.
Special Mention: Cartas para um Ladrão de Livros (Brazil, 2017, 97'), 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”.
Audience Award: Lunàdigas - ovvero delle Donne senza Figli (Italy, 2016, 78), by Nicoletta Nesler and Marilisa Piga.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION
(Jury: Maria Leite, Rob Eagle, Thomas Mendonça)
Best Short Film: Would You Look at Her (Macedonia, 2017, 18'), by Goran Stolevski.
“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”.
Special Mention: O Órfão (Brazil, 2018, 15'), 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 São Paulo”.
Audience Award: O Órfão (Brazil, 2018, 15'), by Carolina Markowicz.
IN MY SHORTS COMPETITION
(Jury: Ágata Pinho, Fernando Galrito, Marta Fernandes)
Best European School Short Film: Mathias (Austria, 2017, 30'), 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”.
Special Mention: 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”.
QUEER ART COMPETITION
(Jury: Paula Arantzazu Ruiz, Ricardo Teixeira, Victor dos Reis)
Best Queer Art Film: Inferninho (Brazil, 2018, 82'), by Guto Parente and Pedro Diogenes.
“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”.
Special Mention: Martyr (Lebanon, Italy, 2017, 84'), by Mazen Khaled.
“A portentous visual and highly choreographed proposal that affirms itself in the time extension of the images, artistic genres and faiths”.
(Jury: Da Mata, Tiago Alves, Liad Hussein Kantorowicz)
BEST FILM COMPETITION
Best Film: Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Romania, Serbia, Belgium, 2017, 119'), by Ivana Mladenovic
“Excellent film that questions Romanian cisheteronormativity which disciplines and controls bodies and desires, causing pain on whoever dares to be different. On a queer perspective, the film materializes itself by questioning the demands built upon the construction of masculinity, in other words, it calls attention upon the norms that create them”.
Special Mention: The Rest I Make Up (USA, 2018, 79'), by Michelle Memran.
"In the maze of Maria Irene Fornés, the threads are untied by filmmaker Michelle Memran. Not only through the power to transform and also to question herself, Memran avoids any stigmatization usually associated to individuals with Alzheimer’s. It is a true celebration of friendship".
Audience Award: Dykes, Camera Action! (USA, 2018, 57'), by Caroline Berler.
in my shorts COMPETITION
Best Portuguese School Short Film: Brthr (Portugal, Spain, 2017, 8'), by Inma Veiga
"“Brthr” is a fictionalized biography that strengthens the feelings of brotherhood and affective protection towards someone who is displaced".