The animated short film "Agouro" received an honorable mention at the Portuguese festival Motelx
The short film "Agouro" by David Doutel and Vasco Sá has been winning awards worldwide through its exhibition in several film festivals. This time the film produced by Bando à Parte won the Honorable Mention for Best Short Portuguese Terror / Méliès d'Argent.
At the time of its Portuguese premiere, in the last edition of Curtas de Vila do Conde, Salette Ramalho wrote about the film for the catalogue of the event:
“Augur” describes a key-moment in the relationship between two cousins in a lost village of Portugal. It’s a film of extremes: the fragility and the strength. Tadeu is faced with a dilemma: to save the breeding bull that provides his income or to save his cousin, who is impaired and dependent, and who complicates his existence. The nostalgic austere atmosphere, a hallmark of the previous works of David Doutel and Vasco Sá, remains, however the duo of filmmakers consecrates a new dimension to Augur. It is a fascinating exercise of aesthetics, of light, with chromatic textures given by the excellent properties of the oil painting on glass technique.The counterpoint to this quasi-dreamlike visual sophistication is the sound work, very close to hyper-realism, almost as if it was direct sound. “Augur” is an intimate reflection about Man facing ethics, family and death, and the third incursion of David Doutel and Vasco Sá in filmmaking (after “Soot”, in 2014, and “The Shoemaker”, in 2011).
Focused essentially on horror films, the 12th edition of the MotelX took place between September 4th and 9th, in Lisbon. More information about the festival is available here.