The movie “The Argentinian Lesson”, by Polish film director Wojcech Staron, won Best Foreign Film Award at the 2nd Panazorean International Film Festival, held in Ponta Delgada, Azores, April 11 through April 20. The movie “O Deportado” [The Deportee], by film director Nathalie Mansoux, won the National Film Award at the festival.
Documenting the lives of deportees from the United States on the islands, “O Deportado” is a joint Portuguese-French production filmed in both the United States and the Azores.
The Panazorean International Film Festival, organized by the Association of the Immigrants of the Azores [Associação dos Imigrantes nos Açores - AIPA], director Paulo Mendes, is dedicated to migration and intercultural issues, including topics such as cultural diversity, inter-cultural communication and multiculturalism.
The goal of the festival is to provide film directors, producers and researchers the opportunity to debate and reflect upon the assigned topics in any genre from fiction, animation and documentary to experimental.
A total of 415 entries, from 60 countries, were reviewed by a jury. The list of finalists included 17 features and 20 short from 23 countries. Last year, 90 entries were submitted to the festival from 24 counties.
Azorean composer and film director/producer, Zeca Medeiros, was honoured at the festival which also included art exhibits, conferences and workshops.