Portuguese Short Film Wins Two National Awards, Screened at UCLA Latin American and Iberian Film Festival

Royce Hall at night, Los Angeles, USA. Photo by: Geographer.

LISBON, Portugal (ViaNews) – The Portuguese short film “Alfaião” was selected to UCLA Latin American and Iberian Film Festival and was screened on 24th April at the UCLA Royce Hall.

“Alfaião”, is a 13 minutes André Almeida Rodrigues’ film edited in the prestigious School of Arts, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

André Almeida Rodrigues is a young film director and producer born in Leça do Balio, a civil parish in the municipality of Matosinhos, Portugal. He’s known for O Barbeiro Guitarrista (2015), Alfaião (2017), and Cuidado (2018).

In 2017, Alfaião won the Audience Award in Shortcutz Funchal (annual award in Portugal) and Best Short Film of February 2018, in Shortcutz Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.

“Alfaião” has been screened in 15 countries, such as the Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (31st edition) and the International Film Festival ZOOM – ZBLIZENIA (21st edition).

This film is a contemplative portrait of the daily routine of a village. A portrait which extols the daily and simple aspects of life. The farmer digs the earth, the shepherd guides the flock, the villager fills a type of Portuguese sausage called “alheiras”.

The Portuguese small village of Alfaião has little more than 170 inhabitants near the city of Bragança, close to Portugal’s neighbor country, Spain. Alfaião has topography of a plateau and it’s crossed by 2 rivers which provide for a very fertile soil. Concerning its History, we know little since the first documents referring Alfaião are from the thirteenth century.

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