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Analyzing film awards from a banally “subjective” point of view leads to nothing: any distinctions of the genre (whether in a small cinematography such as the Portuguese one, or in the Hollywood Oscars) are worth the way they reflect the dominant vision of a certain collective — in this case, the Sophia Awards are the result of the choices made by the members of the Academia Portuguesa de Cinema.

The main winners were “The Last Bath”, by David Bonneville, and “A Metamorfose dos Pássaros”, by Catarina Vasconcelos: best film and best documentary, respectively, referring to the 2021 production. artistic direction; the second won in directing, editing and sound, remembering it below through the respective trailer. With animation as the main theme of the show, the director and producer Abi Feijó was distinguished with a career award.

That said, it is worth drawing attention to a strategic “imbalance” that warrants some reflection. Thus, the performance of the Sophia attribution show in the middle of the year means that most of the films no longer have a possible life in theaters (even if it is true that several of them are available on streaming platforms), In other words: for the “average” viewer, it is difficult to establish any connection between the ceremony and the commercial life of films (awarded or not).

In truth, this question is just a symptom of more general problems in the diffusion of Portuguese cinematographic production. Now that the Academia Portuguesa de Cinema has achieved the most basic thing — to define itself as a living and active entity in the cinema space — it would also be useful to go back to some chronic problems. Which? From the exhibition contrasts between some cities and the “province”, to the financial scarcity that (barely) sustains the marketing of the films themselves.

Films can be “better” or “worse”. And let us have no illusions: they will always give rise to conflicting visions, often irreconcilable. Which, in any case, does not cancel out the defense of a very basic principle: it is important to develop structures (ie: invest money) so that the diversity of Portuguese cinema is a real value of an agile concept of cultural policy. The Academy ceremony showed, at least, that there is creative material for this to happen.

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Deborah Acker

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