Rapace

After finishing his MA in Anthropology, Hugo spends his days giving his brain a rest from the endless reading of texts by unknown authors. His only company is Luisa, the cleaning lady, with whom he plays cat and mouse. To…

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After finishing his MA in Anthropology, Hugo spends his days giving his brain a rest from the endless reading of texts by unknown authors. His only company is Luisa, the cleaning lady, with whom he plays cat and mouse. To escape the sleep of reason – which creates monsters -, Hugo exercises his lyrical vein by writing, with his friend Manuel, songs about their neighbourhood. The quiet dilettantism of our protagonist is shaken by Catarina, a young and beautiful translator who’s starting her professional life as a freelancer. Hugo is hooked and wavers. High above, a kestrel falcon hovers. It’s not the only bird of prey that can do it.

Rapace (Bird Of Prey) directed by João Nicolau, 2006, Portugal, FIC, 25′

Awards:
Grand Prize – Curtas Vila Do Conde International Short Film Festival, Portugal’06
International Short Grand Prize, Public Prize – EntreVues – Festival du Film de Belfort, France’06
Grand Prize for Best Short – Réus European Short Film Festival, Spain’07
1st Prize Best Short Film – Festival Europeu de Curtmetratges Réus, Spain’07
Best Short Jury’s Prize – 11º Milano Film Festival, Italy’06
Best Short Film – Festival de Cinema da Covilhã, Portugal’07

Festivals Selections:
Filmfest Dresden – International Short Film Festival, Germany’13
Guimarães – Capital Europeia da Cultura, Portugal’12
Tampere Film Fest, Finland’12
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema, Brazil’11
Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Netherlands’11
Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland’10
Early Melons International Student Film Festival, Slovakia’10
Las Palmas International Film Festival, Spain’10
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France’10
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil’09
Nice Short Film Festival, France’09
Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Argentina’08
Certamen Audiovisual Internacional (Curtas Vila do Conde IFF Extension), Spain’08
Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival, Austria’08
International Short&Animation Film Festival Open Cinema, Russia’08
International Kinemastik Short Film Festival – Westside Selekt, Malta’08
NexT International Short and Medium Length Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania’08
Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media, Germany’08
Short Film Festival of Lyon-Villeurbanne, France’07
Curtocircuito Santiago de Compostela – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes, Spain’07
Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland’07
Short Shorts Film Festival Mexico, Mexico’07
Bos’Art Film Festival – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MEDITERRANEAN CINEMA AND CULTURES OF BOSA (Sardinia), Italy’07
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil’07
International Fest of Cinema and Technology, USA’07
Independent Producers’ International Film Festival, Romania’07
Short Mediterranean Film Festival of Tangier, Morocco’07
Cinema Jove IFF – Festival Internacional de Cine, Spain’07
Festival Iberico de Cinema de Badajoz, Spain’07
FICA – Festival Internacional de Cinema do Algarve, Portugal’07
Festival de Cinema da Covilhã, Portugal’07
CINEPORT – Festival de Cinema de Países de Língua Portuguesa, Portugal’07
Festival du Court Métrage de Bruxelles, Belgium’07
OLLIN KAN Festival Internacional de las Culturas en Resistencia Tlalpan 2007, Mexico’07
Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea’07
Nice Short Film Festival, France’07
Festival Europeu de Curtmetratges Réus, Spain’07
Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal’07
Paris Tout Court – Festival International du Film Court de Paris, France’07
Festival Nouveau Cinéma – Montréal, Canada’06
Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia’06
ALCINE – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Spain’06
Festival Mar del Plata, Argentina’06
Brest European Short Film Festival, France’06
Medfilm Festival, Italy’06
Covilhã Film Festival, Portugal’06
Réus European Short Film Festival, Spain’06
14th Curtas Vila Do Conde International Short Film Festival, Portugal’06
11º Milano Film Festival, Italy’06
EntreVues – Festival du Film de Belfort, France’06
38th Director’s Fortnight – Cannes, France’06

More info: http://agencia.curtas.pt/films/show/131

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