• AWARD WINNERS •
"And things do not happen quickly. Things are not seen quickly. It is not seen with the eyes, it is only felt with the nose. It is only heard with the ear."
In a moment of excessive visuality, with the multiplication of screens and eyes as enablers of contact in this pandemic experience, the film gives us other possibilities of apprehension and contact with the world. From a camera that, like the nose, moves by smelling the filmed matter, understanding the world and its knowledges with the body, the film brings us closer to a manifest secret, through one of the Amerindian cosmologies deepened in a subjective way, further tensioning the historical narrative that surrounds the coca tradition, thus dismantling hegemonic and colonial visions about the coca leaf, its uses and symbology. For all these reasons who led us to the immersive and impactful experience, we unanimously chose "Jíibie", by Laura Huertas Milan, as the best film of the 22nd FestCurtasBH International Competition.
"Jíibie", by Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia / France, 2019)
The opening shot shows us a director who is in intimate touch with spaces and faces, something that we will continue to see throughout this subtle statement on life and death. As the film goes by, we witness a strong sense of timing and time as a precious element in a place where a young life can be taken in a second. A tribute to filmmaking as a passionate practice that activates the past, through layers of memory, narrative, and personal archive. In this film, we learn to appreciate and grapple with the complexities of family dynamics, across generations and between siblings. We give "Between the World and Us" an Honorable Mention in the Brazilian Competition.
"Between the World and Us", by Fabio Rodrigo (São Paulo - BRA, 2019)
Bright colorful clothing, skin and hair match the immense glow of each character. A peaceful meditation on the existence of women in a country that doesn't want them to thrive. Special recognition for the striking cinematography by Lílis Soares, whose tactile approach is alert to textures and light, and to the joyousness, resilience and generosity of the female body, be it in a public or an intimate space. With recognition for dialogue that crackles with poignant humor, while also keeping a keen eye on race and the larger body politic, especially the moral significance of one's everyday choices. Weaves together multiple quotidian moments through a cinematic mixing of documentary-style witnessing and stark, elegant performance. In just 22 minutes, we watch complete scenes that bring us deep into the experience of women's compassion, fear, and longing. For all of these reasons, we give "I Have Another Story to Tell" by Mariana Campos the Grand Prize in the Brazilian Competition.
"I Have Another Story to Tell", by Mariana Campos (Rio de Janeiro - BRA, 2019)
For the inventive elaboration of an instance that embraces popular performance and for the proposed unfolding of the expressiveness of these characters amid the domestic environment and the karaoke bar. For the connection between musical film and karaoke, able to shuffle rushed distinctions between high and low culture, and for the figuration of music as a meeting of generations and the sedimentation of community bonds, the Best Film Award in the Minas Competition goes to "Diz que é verdade", by Claryssa Almeida and Pedro Estrada.
"Diz que é verdade", by Claryssa Almeida & Pedro Estrada (Belo Horizonte - MG, 2019)
The film chosen by the public through Popular Jury voting was “Victor’s Body”, by Márcio Picoli and Victor di Marco, screened in the parallel section Political Body.