"Russa", by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr., and "Madness", by João Viana, in Berlinale Shorts

10 January 2018
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“Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente will join the competition of short films in the 68th Berlinale – International Film Festival that will be held from 15th to 25th February.

The Berlinale has announced yesterday the official selection for the Berlinale Shorts, exclusively dedicated tot he short features. “Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente were the three portuguese films selected for this international competition, out of 22 films from 18 countries.


Winner of the Golden Bear in 2012, Salaviza gets together with Ricardo Alves Jr. to present the film “Russa”, short film directed by four hands during an artistic residency at Bairro do Aleixo, in Porto, promoted within the program Cultura em Expansão. The film treats the story of an old inhabitant that comes back to this neighbourhood, meeting again with family and friends but also the colective memory of this place, that preserves only three of five original towers.


The selection of “Madness”, by João Viana, also marks the return of the Angolan director to the screens of Berlinale, after showing “Tabatô”, in 2013. Co-produced by Papaveronoir and Les Films de l’Aprés-Midi, this short film reflects upon the political and social situation of Mozambique today, through the story of Lucy, interned women in an asylum.


Besides the works by Salaviza and Alves Jr and by João Viana, distributed by Agência da Curta Metragem, the festival of Berlin also selected another portuguese film: “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude)”, by David Pinheiro Vicente.


Portuguese cinema will also be present in Berlinale through the participation of the director Diogo Costa Amarante, winner of the Golden Bear 2017, in the jury of Berlinale Shorts, side by side with Jiody Mistry and Mark Toscano.

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