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Estaleiro production in 64th Berlinale

21 January 2014
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The short film "Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea", by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. , was selected for the Berlinale, the International Film Festival of Berlin , held 6-16 February in Germany .

The film will be screened at the 9th edition of the Forum Expanded, a parallel section to the Festival which this year has the theme the question " What do we know when we know where something is? ". This section of the festival starts on February 5  and  will present about 50 works from 20 countries around the world .

Nuno Rodrigues , co-director Curtas Vila do Conde and the producer of the film, will join the jury of the Festival , which awards a Golden and a Silver Bear, the DAAD Short Film Prize as well as the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

"Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea" is a little Portuguese-Brazilian song. Fernando spends his time between a cafe in the neighbourhood and his small house in Porto. Coming from Brazil he receives a small present that makes him imagine paradise.

The story is inspired by one of the characters from the last job of Helvécio Marins , "The Song of the Nightingale", filmed in 2012 in the north of Portugal . "The character of Fernando drew attention because he almost didn’t spoke or interacted.  He was always looking to the horizon ... We started to dream about the possibility of the man imagining other lives. At certain time, Fernando spoke of travel, and that he have been gone to other places and has finally come back to Portugal. That idea of this trip took us to this desire to develop a dialogue between what would be this imaginary Portugal and Brazil ", says Felipe Bragança .

The film, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project, involved a team of film students from Portugal and Brazil. The world premiere of the short film took place in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, in 2013.