This is a parallel award to the official Venice Festival awards, awarded by an independent jury chaired by Paolo De Cesare, also distinguished from the awards of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).
"A Herdade", which entered the official competition of the festival – the oldest in Europe – is starring Albano Jerónimo and Sandra Faleiro, and has production by Paulo Branco.
For the jury of the Bisato d'Oro Prize (Golden Eel), the Portuguese film, "although more intimate and less spectacular, is reminiscent of Bertolucci's" Novecento "", concluding that "history is a piece of life, a time spent with characters who become our companions on a precious journey. "
The feature film tells the story of a family owner of a landed property, and at the same time traces "the portrait of the historical, political, social and financial life of Portugal, from the 1940s, through the revolution of 25 April and until today, "according to the blurb.
Contacted by Lusa agency, actor Albano Jerónimo commented: "We are very pleased with this award and the perspectives it brings us."
"Herdade" is also confirmed to compete at the Toronto festival, and will hit Portuguese theaters on September 19.
The Golden Eel Prize is awarded every year in Venice. In 2007 awarded "Christopher Columbus – The Enigma", by Manoel de Oliveira, as Best Picture.
In 1989, João César Monteiro's “Memories of the Casa Amamrela” received the Golden Lion in Venice, as well as the Bastone Bianco critical award.
This year, this independent critique jury also awarded the Bisato d'Oro Prize to Bárbara Paz's documentary “Babenco – Someone Has to Hear the Heart and Say: Stopped”.
The film – which at the Venice Film Festival was honored with the Best Documentary Film Award – is produced by Barbara Paz, Myra Babenco and brothers Caio and Fabiano Gullane.
"Babenco" was awarded the following jury justification: "Because cinema films memory, because cinema tells the story of those who live, of those who lived, because cinema celebrates love, because cinema is love."
The documentary draws a parallel between the art and the illness of Hector Babenco, about the last days of the Argentine director, who settled in Brazil, who directed films such as "Pixote, The Law of the Weakest" and "The Kiss of the Spider Woman".
In the presentation of the official awards, the director Barbara Paz, who walked the red carpet with a sign that read "I am Amazon", was visibly moved and thanked the Brazilian cinema and culture and shouted, in Portuguese and English: freedom of speech! ”.
The reaction of the filmmaker comes days after the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro dismissed the direction of the National Film Agency of Brazil (Ancine), which regulates and oversees the film and audiovisual market, and its former officials were accused of criminal association, among other offenses, by current authorities.
The São Paulo Cinematheque has also been "occupied by the military and politicians against 'cultural Marxism'", as reported this week by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.
Bolsonaro admitted in July the possibility of extinguishing Ancine if it cannot use it to impose "filters" on the country's audiovisual productions.
American director Todd Phillips's "Joker" film is the Golden Lion winner of the 76th Venice Film Festival, the official competition jury, chaired by Lucrecia Martel, announced today.
The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Roman Polansky's "J´Accuse" and Best Director Silver Lion went to Sweden's Roy Anderson for "About Endlessness".
Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan received the Best Screenplay Award for "No.7 Cherry Lane", an animated feature film by Zhang Gang.
Begun on August 28, with the premiere of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "La vérité", the Venice film festival ended today with the screening of "The Burnt Orange Heresy" by Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi, which features the musician Mick Jagger.