"Dogs Barking at Birds" by Leonor Teles's won the nomination of the Venice Film Festival International Jury for the European Film Awards 2019 European Short Film Award.
"Dogs Barking at Birds" by Leonor Teles received the short film nomination for the European Film Awards at the La Biennale di Venezia. The distinction awarded by the official jury of the festival - composed by Susanna Nicchiarelli, Mark Adams, Rachid Bouchareb, Alvaro Brechner and Eva Sangiorgi - and chosen among the films presented in the event's competition, will give the Portuguese filmmaker the access to enter the race for the best European Short Film Award of 2019. The winners of the 32nd European Film Awards will be presented at the end of the year on December 7 in Berlin.
The film, selected to the Orizzonti Short Films Competition, portraits the summer days of Vicente and his family, forced to leave their house in downtown Porto, due to real estate speculation.
Produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato and promoted internationally by the AGENCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency, "Dogs Barking at Birds" was commissioned and financed by the Municipality of Porto, within the scope of the project Cultura em Expansão, and entirely shot in the city of Porto. "It hijacks Porto - a city that isn’t mine, an unknown place that isn’t part of me. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s a less personal film than the ones that came before. I’ve developed a deep bond with the family portrayed here. This appears to be a constant in my work: people and the relationships I build with them.", says the director Leonor Teles.
After “Batrachian’s Ballad” (Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale 2016), this is the second short film by Leonor Teles, director who debuted at the commercial circuit earlier this year the long “Ashore” - Prix International de la SCAM at the Cinéma du Réel, Prix de la Ville d'Amiens at Festival d'Amiens (France) and Mejor Opera International Prima at Mar del Plata Festival (Argentina).