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Salaviza and Gomes win in Berlin

20 February 2012
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Portuguese cinema and the short film are, again, in the center of the international film scene. In the 62th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, João Salaviza and Miguel Gomes won major awards, proving that the present moment of Portuguese film is creatively original. In both cases, both directors are also important part of the history of Curtas Vila do Conde as a festival that reveals some of the new talents of Portuguese cinema.

In the case of João Salaviza, it is the second major award that the young filmmaker wins after the Palme d'Or for "Arena". With "Rafa" - the film screened at this Berlinale - Salaviza wins the Golden Bear for best short film. In Curtas Vila do Conde, Salaviza won, in 2005, the main prize of  Take One!, a film competition for schools, with the project "Two People". Last year, the author presented, in partnership with the musician Norberto Lobo, the short-film "Strokkur", integrated in the Stereo's project (commissioned by Estaleiro and whose debut took place in Curtas Vila do Conde 2011) and already with a good international career.

Miguel Gomes is a historical name of Curtas Vila do Conde, with appearances in several years in the national competition, which he won in 2006 with "Canticle of all Creatures." His first work, "Meanwhile," had also been awarded in 1999, the prize for best director. In Berlin, with his third feature film, "Tabu," Gomes won two important prizes: Alfred Bauer Prize, awarded to a film that opens new perspectives for  cinema; and the FIPRECI Prize, awarded by the critics present in the festival.

These awards, in one of the most prestigious international festivals, are the culmination of several years of an intense film activity, that once again prove the international vitality of Portuguese cinema.

+info: full list of awards