The Portuguese film “Blood of My Blood,” written and directed by João Canijo, received Sunday the Grand Jury Discretionary Prize at the 29th Miami Film Festival (MIFF).
The distinction includes a cash award of $5,000 by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Bonsái, the Chilean drama based on the novel by Alejandro Zambra about an author who taps into his past to inspire his new novel, won the highest cash award of $30,000 by the Knight Foundation Ibero-American Competition prize. The film also won the $5,000 Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award prize.
Written and directed by João Canijo, Blood of My Blood was released in Portugal on October 5, 2011, and has won several awards at international film festivals, including the Special Jury Mention and the Fipresci Award by the International Federation of Film Critics at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in October 2011. The film will compete further at various 2012 international film festivals.
Blood of My Blood depicts the struggles of a working-class family living in close quarters in one of Lisbon’s suburban slum-like neighborhoods. Two sisters, Márcia and Yvette, and her two adult children, Claudia and João Carlos, fight to keep their family together in the face of the hardships of living in a Lisbon apartment, bereft of any privacy. But despite their efforts, the situation deteriorates fast. The film delivers a message of hope and unconditional love.
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals.