This Tuesday begins the 27th Badajoz Iberian Film Festival, which will be held from July 20 to 24. One of its strong bazaars is the premiere in Spain of the Portuguese film Listen by the director and actress Ana Rocha de Sousa, winner with this film for Best First Work and Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and 8 nominations for the Sophia de Portugal Awards, the Portuguese Academy of Cinema awards that are delivered in September this year in Estoril.
The FIC is one of the preselection festivals for the Goya Awards of the Film Academy. In its 27 years of experience, it has established itself as a benchmark for short films on the Iberian Peninsula. This year there were 495 fiction shorts that were presented. Of these, 30 works have been selected in the different sections of the FIC. 19 will compete in the official section, 3 of them come from Portugal and 1 a Spanish-Portuguese co-production. Another 6 have been selected for the Extremeños Short Films section and 5 for the Festival dos Miúdos (Festival of short films for children).
The selection committee highlights the quality of the works, as well as the variety of themes and genres. Social issues have a great presence. Comedies and love stories prevail. Among the selected short films there are several animation films and one made with drones.
“In these 27 years, around 800 short films have been screened, among which emerging talents have been awarded, at the time today consecrated as: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Nacho Vigalondo, Esteban Crespo, Achero Mañas, Javier Fresser, J.A. Bayona, Mateo Gil, Rodrigo Cortés, Belén Macías, Borja Cobeaga, Martín Rosete, Marina Seresesky, Arantxa Echevarría, among others ”, lists the director of the FIC, Alejandro Pachón.
The Official Jury is made up of the Extremaduran actress Pepa Gracia; the director, screenwriter and producer Patricia de Luna; the director of photography and member of the Spanish Association of Directors and Directors of Photography (AEC) Pedro J. Márquez; the film and art critic Juan Antonio Moreno Rodríguez; and the director, screenwriter and producer Susana Guardiola.
‘Listen’ the Portuguese film of the year at the opening gala
This Portuguese-British co-production, which has not yet been commercially released in Spain, will open the 27th Iberian Film Festival on Tuesday, July 20.
It is the first fiction feature film by the actress and director Ana Rocha de Sousa, who will attend the gala and who, after a successful career as a television, film and theater actress in Portugal, is triumphing with this award-winning film with more than 6 awards in last Venice Festival and with 8 nominations for the Sophia Awards, the equivalent of the Goya Awards in Spain. She has also worked as a plastic artist.
Listen is inspired by a true story about a Portuguese family that emigrated to London and struggles to stay together, along with their three children, protect their deaf daughter and demonstrate to British social systems that their suspicions of child abuse are unfounded. It was shot on the outskirts of London with a Portuguese and English cast, led by Lúcia Moniz, Rubén García and Sophia Myles. Actress Lúcia Moniz is also a well-known Portuguese singer who represented Portugal at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest and has released four albums so far. To make this film, the deaf actress Maisie Sly was used, who plays Lu, the deaf daughter of the Listen family.