Mariana Gaivão awarded at Curtas Vila do Conde

15 July 2019

The prizes of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde were announced and Mariana Gaivão received the Best Director Award with the short film "Ruby".

Mariana Gaivão won, with the short film "Ruby", the Best Director Award of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, which took place from the 6th to 14th July. The award was given by the international jury of the event, composed by Alejandro Díaz Castaño (artistic director of the Gijon International Film Festival), Aya Koretzky (director), Konstantina Kotzamani (director), Kleber Mendonça Filho (director) and Leo Soesanto (critic and head of Semaine de la Critique short film selection committee, Cannes).
The jury awarded "Ruby" for "its punky and melancholic portrait of self-discovering youth reminding us that "Teenage Kicks" (to quote a song by The Undertones) forever, and its gorgeous photography and sense of composition and locations".

The chorus of dawn descends the burned mountain, echoing in the shale walls of a Portuguese village. Ruby awakens and stands in the half light. Outside, her dog Frankie has run away. Daughter of two worlds, the one that the English parents left behind and the Portuguese land of her upbringing that still calls her a foreigner, Ruby moves between the borders of both, without belonging to either. Her best friend, Millie, will be returning to England; the end of their childhood meets the end of a warm summer day.

Mariana Gaivão began her career as an editor, having collaborated on films screened and awarded worldwide at the festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Locarno, among others. Her first short film, "Solo", premiered at Curtas Vila do Conde and won, among others, the Best Short Film Award at the Montreal Film Festival, among others, after which she was selected for the Berlinale Talents as an emerging talent in Directing. She then directed “First Light", a carte blanche commissioned by the 42nd Du Nouveau Cinéma Festival, and, most recently, her new short film “Ruby” produced by Primeira Idade.

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