Carlos Conceição received the Revelation Award at Doclisboa.
"Serpentarius",first feature film by Carlos Conceição, was awarded with the Tv Cine New Talent Award Doclisboa that took place from 17th to 27th October in the Portuguese capital.
The film was presented on the 25th within the festival's section entitled New Visions, whose program aims to discuss borders and limits with films from different times that question the contemporary nature of cinema.
The New Talent Prize is given to the director of the best first feature film of the event's whole program, except retrospectives and cinema of urgency, and was awarded by the jury composed of Aya Koretzky (director, Portugal), Sofia Bohdanowicz (director, Canada) and Veton Nurkollari (artistic director of the Dokufest Festival, Kosovo) in a swift and unanimous manner, with the following statement:
The film we selected catapulted us into a constellation of thought.
Through the traversing of mournful geographies and emotional landscapes this film didn’t give us answers but instead asked us to embark on the search for a journey. We were mesmerized by its free approach, its aesthetic variations and illustrious palette which transmitted a desire to reconnect and better understand the loss of his mother.
We were impressed by the way the film used a variety of formats which channelled us into a state of pure visual poetry. In the film it is said that “the earth is the present, the sun is the past and the moon is the future... and the future doesn’t yet know that we exist”. We believe that this brilliant film embodies cinematic language of a near future which is very fortunate to receive its many gifts.
“Serpentarius”, a Luso-Angolan co-production, represented by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, follows a young man who drifts through a post-disaster African landscape in search of his mother's ghost, and is led by the actor João Arrais with the participation of Isabel Abreu (voice).
The film had its world premiere at the Forum section of the Berlinale and was screened for the first time in Portuguese territory at Curtas Vila do Conde where the author was Director in Focus. In the meantime, it won the Nuove Visione Award at Sicilia Queer in Italy, the Burgas Film Festival Audience Award in Bulgaria, the Best Editing Award and a Special Mention for Best Film at the Filmadrid Festival, as well as a Nouveaux Alchemists Special Jury Mention at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
"Serpentarius" will be screened next week and in the presence of its director at Viennale, the most important international film event in Austria, as well as one of the oldest and best known German-language festivals in the world.