"Serpentário" by Carlos Conceição received the NUOVE VISIONI award of the 9th edition of SICILIA QUEER that took place in Palermo, from May 30th to June 5th.
“Serpentário” by Carlos Conceição, received the NUOVE VISIONI award of the 9th edition of SICILIA QUEER that took place in Palermo, from May 30th to June 5th. The award was given by the international jury composed by Eva Sangiorgi, Mykki Blanco, Aël Dallier Vega, Mònica Rovira and Sara Fattahi.
In the words of the jury: "The film offers us an experience of memory that is both emotional and physical. It is a personal and timeless work, capable of representing the unseen layers of the past and present in an abstract and post-apocalyptic landscape. Unleash the most intimate memories in us and at the same time ask us questions about history. All this supported by the singularity of a cinematographic voice ".
The film, first feature by Carlos Conceição, had its world première at the Forum section of the Berlinale last february, and it will be exhibited for the first time in Portuguese territory as part of Curtas Vila do Conde where Carlos Conceição will be Director in Focus and will have a retrospective of his work – that includes "Versailles", in a never seen Director’s Cut, "Coelho Mau" and "O Inferno" – and finally, a Carte Blanche, where the director chooses films that dialogue with his career and his work: starting with references to Pasolini and Carl Dreyer - with the screening of "La Sequenza Dei Fiore di Carta" and “Thorvaldsen" - it also includes "Le Musée" de Walerian Borowczyk (whose work, recently restored, is being rediscovered by the film community worldwide) or “Brando” the short film that inaugurated the collaboration between Scott Walker and the precursors of the drone metal, Sunn o))).
"Serpentarius" is a Portuguese-Angolean coproduction that 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). It is an emotional and very personal film about memory, a sensory journey of rediscovery that transmutes between the director's autobiography in Africa - where he was born and lived to his 21st birthday - and episodes of the continent’s history.