Hard Paint and Teatro de Guerra win the Art Cinema Awards at Berlinale 2018
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 68th Berlinale Panorama went to HARD PAINT, by Marcio Reolon & Filipe Matzembacher.
Brazil, 2018, 118 minutes
Director and Screenplay: Marcio Reolon & Filipe Matzembacher
Cast: Shico Menegat (Pedro), Bruno Fernandes (Leo), Guega Peixoto (Luiza), Sandra Dani (Grandma)
Production: Avante Filmes, Porto Alegre, Brazil, firstname.lastname@example.org
World sales: m-appeal world sales UG, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 61507505, email@example.com
Pedro earns a living in chat rooms. The image resolution may not be perfect but when Pedro transforms himself into NeonBoy in front of the webcam he still manages to create the desired impression. Slowly, this young man dips his fingers into pots of coloured paint and glides them across his naked body. Glowing in the dark, NeonBoy follows his users’ commands until he agrees to meet one of them in a private chat room for money. But things change when Pedro’s sister Luiza moves out of their shared apartment and he notices that somebody is imitating his performances. He agrees to go on a date with his mysterious rival. This rendezvous will have far-reaching consequences.
As with all of the previous films by directing duo Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon, we find ourselves again in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil, where we encounter young queers in search of intimacy, community and security. The elegantly interwoven virtual images and protagonists’ stories may take us away from the real world, yet in actuality we remain in an increasingly homophobic Brazilian society to whose misfits this sensitive, affectionate portrait in three acts is dedicated.
Out of this year’s strong competition in the Berlinale Panorama section, the CICAE jury has decided to award the Brazilian film TINTA BRUTA – HARD PAINT.
The jury was touched by the main character Pedro and his search of identity through his persona NeonBoy. The film tells the story of his struggle in today’s homophobic society where he seeks his comfort through chat rooms and inclusion by his art and seductive performances.
The story is not only magnified by the films photographic quality but also by its sound design and score that gives high cinematographic value to the universal themes of identity in modern day urban jungle with the powerful performance by Shico Menegat. This are some of the aspects the jury believes will draw audiences to arthouse cinemas throughout the world.
The jury was composed of:
Johan Fogde Dias, Zita Folkets Bio, Stockholm
Pierre-Alexandre Moreau, Studio Cinémas, Tours
Elisa Rosi, Lichtblick-Kino, Berlin
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 68th Berlinale Forum went to TEATRO DE GUERRA, by Lola Arias.
Teatro de Guerra (Theatre of War)
Argentina / Spain / Germany, 2018, 82 minutes
Director and Screenplay: Lola Arias
Production: Gema Films, Buenos Aires, +54 911 41634724, firstname.lastname@example.org, gemafilms.com
BWP, Barcelona, +34 635 352271, email@example.com, bw-production.com
Sutor Kolonko, Köln, +49 163 5614734, firstname.lastname@example.org, sutorkolonko.de
Sake Argentina, Buenos Aires, +54 911 41980181, email@example.com, www.sakeargentina.com
The Falklands War lasted from April to June of 1982 and took the lives of 655 Argentinian and 255 British soldiers. It ended in Argentina’s military defeat and in territorial claims on both sides that remain contentious to this day.
Thirty-five years after the end of the war, Argentinian artist and director Lola Arias invites veterans to look back – together, either in pairs or in dialogue with the camera. The British and the Argentinians face each other as former enemies, but also form an ensemble, such as when they re-enact a battle scene in an abandoned building that resembles a theatre. Maps, faded magazines, and footage of the surreal sites where combat took place provide visual points of departure and cinematic spaces for their stories of fear – fear of both dying and of killing – and of the repercussions of a war that left its mark on all of them. But TEATRO DE GUERRA doesn’t just confine itself to the past: in staged encounters with young actors the same age that Marcelo, Jim and the others were back then, the film also asks how memories are transmitted, and how they live on.
Faithful to the philosophy and ethics of Berlinale Forum, while blurring the boundaries between fiction and documentary, “Gesamtkunstwerk” and film, TEATRO DE GUERRA is a brave attempt to negotiate late 20th century postcolonial conflict, the Falklands/Malvinas War, and its painful implications. We would like to highlight “Teatro de guerra” potential to engage diverse international audiences through its analytical and emotional form. We are looking forward to future works from director Lola Arias and cinematographer Manuel Abramovich, as well as the other promising Argentinian filmmakers in this year’s Forum.
The jury was composed of:
Kirill Adibekov, Pioner Cinema, Moscou
Natalie Gravenor, filmokratie, Berlin
Piotr Szczyszyk, Zamek Culture Centre, Palacowe Cinema, Poznan