Films by Diogo Costa Amarante, Susana Nobre, Ana Vaz and Welket Bungué, as well as two other Portuguese co-productions, were selected for official sections of the Berlin Film Festival, including the competition for short films, was announced today.
The short films competition includes the films "Luz de Presença", by Diogo Costa Amarante, and "Nanu Tudor", a work by the Moldovan director Olga Lucovnicova with co-production between Portugal, Belgium and Hungary.
For Diogo Costa Amarante, it is the third time that he competes in this festival, after having been nominated in 2014, with "The white roses", and in 2017 with "Small town", work with which he won the Golden Bear for Best Film , the maximum prize of the Berlin festival.
In the Forum section there is, in world premiere, the film "In the taxi of Jack", between documentary and fiction, by Susana Nobre.
In the program Expanded Forum, in which cinema extends to other artistic expressions, there are "13 ways of looking at a blackbird", by Ana Vaz, "Mudança", by the Portuguese-Guinean Welket Bungué, and "Night for day", British visual artist Emily Wardill, with Luso-Austrian co-production.
The 71st edition of the festival will take place in two stages, in an attempt to adapt to the global situation of covid-19: Between March 1st and 5th, an industry event will take place, in an 'online' format, for industry professionals, juries and the press and between June 9 and 20 the program will be for the public.
The German festival this week is releasing much of the official program for this edition.
Last week, they announced the selection of the 19th edition of 'Berlinale Talents', a training program, talks and meetings, aimed at 205 professionals from 65 countries, including Portuguese directors Paulo Carneiro and David Pinheiro Vicente and a' Portuguese sound designer 'Inês Adriana.
They are joined by Canadian director Joelle Walinga and Brazilian producer Janaina Bernardes, who work with Portugal.