Director Sol de Carvalho receives António Loja Neves Award for Lusophone cinema – News

Director Sol de Carvalho receives António Loja Neves Award for Lusophone cinema - News

"It will be followed by the screening of the award-winning movie, 'Mabata Bata'", adds the organization.

Based on Mia Couto's tale "The Day When Mabata Bata Exploded", the film tells of Azarias, a young shepherd "who one day sees his best ox, Mabata Bata, explode" because of a land mine.

The incident follows the boy's escape into the forest for fear of reprisal, while his grandmother and uncle try to persuade him to return home.

With photography by Jorge Quintela, "Mabata Bata" is starring Emilio Bila, Wilton Boene and Medianeira Massingue.

Director João Luís Sol de Carvalho was born in Beira, Mozambique, in 1953, grew up in Inhambane, studied film at the Lisbon National Conservatory, and works as a journalist, editor, photographer and producer in his home country.

"Mabata Bata" was one of the first six films nominated for the António Loja Neves Award, created by the FCC to honor the filmmaker and filmmaker.

"Arriaga", by Welket Bungué, Guinea-Bissau, "Salt and Sugar Train", Licínio Azevedo, Mozambique, "Homestay", Cape Verdean Lolo Arziki, and Sao Tome productions "O Canto do Ossobó "by Silas Tiny and Hamilton Trindade's" Long Dream in Ecuador "were the remaining finalists.

The six films had been chosen by the jury from 50 applications submitted to the organization, as FCC President António Costa Valente said in April.

"Antonio Loja Neves had a particular esteem for African cinema and we thought this prize was essential," he told Lusa news agency.

The biennial non-monetary award was created to "promote and reward cinematography produced in Portuguese-speaking African countries" according to the regulation.

Films that have participated in competitive activities or festivals organized by film clubs linked to that federation are nominated.

António Loja Neves, journalist, writer, director, programmer and film club, died in May 2018 at the age of 65.

He was at the founding of the Portuguese Federation of Cineclubes, the Association for the Documentary (Apordoc) and Panorama – Portuguese Documentary Festival, co-organized the Cape Verdean International Film Encounters and curated Lusophone films in various countries, from Brazil to Mozambique.

He was also director of Cinearma magazine, went to Portuguese Cinema and the weekly Africa. He made the documentaries "Ínsula" (1993) and "O silence" (1999), this one with José Alves Pereira.

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