German helmer Maren Ade’s pic “The Forest for the Trees” took the top prize and e5000 at the second annual Indie Lisboa film festival’s closing night kudofest on Sunday.
In an effort to expose the American blockbuster friendly Portuguese filmgoers to independent pics, fest’s directors of programming Miguel Valverde, Nuno Sena and Rui Pereira brought 130 — 82 shorts and 48 features — films from countries including Italy, Japan, China and Brazil to Lisbon, Portugal for the fest running from April 21-May 1.
“One thing I like to say to the (Portuguese) audiences before a screening begins is that there are films from every part of the world like the films they like from America,” Pereira said. “I would like this festival to help create a bridge between one kind of cinema like the American blockbusters and the other kind like independent films from all different countries because the audiences in Portugal are separated. The majority likes the American blockbusters and some like Portuguese indies but there is nothing in the middle for them to see. We want to give them some choices.”
Todd Solondz’ “Plindromes,” Jacob Aaron Estes’ “Mean Ceek” and Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman’s “Born Into Brothels” were among the American pics that screened in the fest’s non-competition category.
British helmer Ken Wardrop’s “Undressing My Mother” nabbed the short film prize of 2500 euros while “Private,” from Italian helmer Saverio Costanzo took home the Jameson Audience kudo of 1000 euros for feature film.
Italian thesp Toni Servillo, who most recently garnered the lead acting kudo at the David di Donatello awards was also hailed at Indie Lisboa for his thespian chops in helmer Paolo Sorrentino’s Mafia drama “The Consequences of Love.”
The Tóbis prize for Portuguese feature, worth 4500 euros, went to “Adriana”, directed by Margarida Gil, while “Um Homem” helmer Laurent Simoes nabbed the 750 euro AIP/Fuji Film kudo for cinematography in a Portuguese pic.
Dutch helmer Pieter Fleury’s short “North Korea, A Day in the Life” took home the non-fiscal Amnesty Intl. award.
Special mention to a short feature
“Everything Was Life,” by Ellie Land (United Kingdom)
Onda Curta Awards
(Given to a short film presented in the International competition or in the observatory section. It consists in the acquisition of film rights for broadcasting in Portugal’s public television.)
“Fare Bene Mikles,” by Christian Angeli (Italy)
“Phantom Limb,” by Jay Rosenblatt (USA)
“Undressing My Mother,” by Ken Wardrop (United Kingdom)
Special mention for “Compassos de Espera,” by Pedro Paiva (Portugal)
Jameson Audience Award for Best Short film
“Home Game,” by Martin Lund (Norway)
Indiejúnior/ Victoria Seguros award (children’s award)
“Flatlife,” by Jonas Geirnaert (Belgium)