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‘Loss of countryside’ in Portugal acknowledged in Germany in ‘Sortes’

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The film, a Portuguese-German co-production, was filmed in Alentejo and captures the human and rural landscape of the Serra de Serpa marked by desertification.

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The film, a Portuguese-German co-production, was filmed in Alentejo and captures the human and rural landscape of the Serra de Serpa marked by desertification.

Dukas/Universal Images Group via

Voted best mid-length film at the national film awards in Germany, Sortes deals with the “loss of rustic and oral tradition” in the Alentejo, but proves to be a universal problem.

Directed by the 38-minute film Monica Martins Nunez. transversality of the topic may explain the award which made her “very emotional”.

“It is very surprising and motivating for me to receive such an important award in Germany. […]but it is a film that is closely related to the culture of the Alentejo.🇧🇷 Although they deal with local issues, they are surprisingly versatile. This loss of countryside and oral tradition has repercussions in other places where similar developments are taking place,” he said in statements to the Lusa news agency.

“Sortes” was honored at the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis, Germany’s national film award for short films, in a ceremony attended by Germany’s Minister of Culture Claudia Roth, who presented the award to Monica Martins Nunez.

“I applied to the festival in Germany, which later chose my film, namely the Kurzfilm festival in Hamburg. And then the German festivals select films that are candidates for this award. An independent jury selects the winners”, he explained.

The film, a Portuguese-German co-production, was filmed in Alentejo and captures the human and rural landscape of the Serra de Serpa marked by desertification.

“It was quite a long process. Initially, I just wanted to film Grandpa, the stories I heard about him as a child.🇧🇷 But, unfortunately, when I started this process, he died. That’s when I started wanting to spend more time in the Serpa mountains and look for those stories that I heard from him, ”the director recalled, recalling that the shooting took place in 2017 and 2018.

“At first I wasn’t sure what I was doing. So I filmed for a long time. […] Initially, I didn’t have a concept for the film.🇧🇷 I met people who influenced what to shoot and how to think about this place. […] Since I was filming alone, it also allowed me to have that closeness and that space so that the main characters could influence me,” she added.

It was during editing that he created a film in which includes popular poets, field workers dedicated to cork extractionbetween others

“I went with my family to the falling hill, and it turned out to be a very powerful image for the film. This is a house, a mound made of mud, the same land where it is located, and which, with the passage of time and abandonment, eventually falls and becomes the same land from which it was once built,” he stressed. .

“Sortes” had its world premiere at the 2021 Visions du Réel festival in Nyon, Switzerland, as part of an international competition. The premiere in Portugal took place in the same year in Curtas de Vila do Conde, and was also shown, in particular, at the Porto/Post/Doc festival.

Also in 2021, it won the Audience Award at the FIKE Évora International Short Film Festival and now the award for Best Medium Length Film at the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis.

“For me to get the support of this award and the recognition of the people I filmed. It is very important for me🇧🇷 Maybe I can take more risks and devote most of my time to work,” he stressed.

Monica Martins Nunez has been living in Berlin for about ten years, where she received her Master of Visual Arts degree from the University of the Arts.

In 2017, his first film “Na Cinza Fica Calor” was awarded the “Golden Dove” for the best “short film”, one of the main awards of the DOK Leipzig Documentary Film Festival. The director and visual artist is currently working on a new project in Porto.

Source: Observador

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