The Pessac History Film Festival crowns “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão” by Brazilian Karim Aïnouz

“The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão” by Brazilian Karim Aïnouz won the Professional Jury Prize and the Danielle-Le Roy Prize of the Student Jury at the 30th Pessac International Film Festival.

Thee Professional Jury Prize and the Danielle-Le Roy Prize of the Student Jury of the 30th International Festival of the history film of Pessac rewarded, Sunday, November 24, The invisible life of Euridice Gusmão Brazilian Karim Aïnouz. The Audience Award went back to Official Secrets South African Gavin Hood.

Orphans of Sankara from the French Géraldine Berger, was awarded three awards in the documentary category: the Professional Jury Prize, the Bernard-Landier Prize of the High School Jury and the Public Prize.

The invisible life of Euridice Gusmão tells the fate of two sisters in Rio de Janeiro in 1950. Euridice, 18, and Guida, 20, are inseparable. But because of their father, they will have to build their lives one without the other. Separated, they will do everything to meet. The film is expected on the screens on December 11th.

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Awarded three prizes, Orphans of Sankara returns to the six hundred orphans from Burkina Faso sent to Cuba with the mission to learn a trade and return to develop their country in full revolution. But after the assassination in 1987 of the president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, the liquidation of the Revolution by Blaise Compaore and the end of the Cold War, how to return, build, exist?

With the theme “Latin America, Tierra del Fuego”, the Pessac history film festival has screened a hundred fiction and documentary films, with a retrospective part of South American cinema. It also included numerous round tables and meetings, with filmmakers and historians.

The expected Cuban Network Olivier Assayas, on the infiltration of Cuban spies in anti-Castro circles in Miami in 1990, left empty-handed. With Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Gael Garcia Bernal and Wagner Moura, this ambitious and spectacular thriller, which harmoniously interweaves history and intimacy, had something to seduce. Its release on the screens is expected on January 29th.

Another French film of the competition, Sympathy for the devil Guillaume de Fontenay, was moving away from the South American theme of the festival. Adapted from the book of war reporter Paul Marchand, it plunges us into the heart of the siege of Sarajevo in 1992. The journalist, revolted by the impassibility of the international community, will hang out, torn between his journalistic objectivity, the feeling of helplessness and a sense of duty in the face of horror. The film impresses with the mastery of its realistic staging, shot as a report taken on the spot. On the screens next Wednesday, November 27.

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Finally, our favorite documentary, for Story of a look by French filmmaker Mariana Otero about photojournalist Gilles Caron, who died in Cambodia in 1970. A remarkable work that analyzes the approach of a great reporter who revolutionized photojournalism in just five years of his short career, tragically interrupted. The six-day war, May 68, Biafra, Northern Ireland, the Cambodian war, as many moments of history that Gilles Caron captured with a single eye and that Mariana Otero dissects with an art of the remarkable image. Release in France: January 29, 2020.

Fiction Competition
– Professional Jury Prize: The invisible life of Euridice Gusmão from Karim Ainouz
– Danielle-Le Roy Prize of the Student Jury: The invisible life of Euridice Gusmão from Karim Ainouz
– Audience Award: Official Secrets from Gavin Hood

Documentary competition
Professional Jury Prize, Bernard-Landier Prize of the Lycée Jury and Public Prize: Orphans of Sankara from Géraldine Berger

Panorama of the documentary
Jury Prize of the City of Pessac: Back to Kigali, a French affair from Jean-Christophe Klotz

History Book Award
And Tati created Monsieur Hulot from Jean-Claude Chemin, Locus Solus Editions, 2019

Special Mention attributed to Denis Rossano for A father without children, Allary Editions.


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