|The International Short Film Jury awarded the Golden Bear to CIDADE PEQUENA (SMALL TOWN), a short film that premiered at Curtas Vila do Conde Festival, in 2016. This is the second consecutive year that a Portuguese short film wins the Best Short Film award at Berlinale. BALADA DE UM BATRÁQUIO (BATRACHIAN'S BALLAD), by Leonor Teles, won the Golden Bear in 2016, and RAFA, by João Salaviza, won the award in 2012.
In CIDADE PEQUENA, Diogo Costa Amarante shows the relationship between a mother (Mara Costa Amarante) and a son (Frederico Costa Amarante) that, at the age of six, learns at school that people die when their hearts stops beating, leaving him troubled and unable to sleep. The members of the jury – German artist Christian Jankowski, American curator Kimberly Drew and Chilean programmer Carlos Núñez – awarded CIDADE PEQUENA referring that "the framing of the pictures recalls the attention to detail present in paintings of the Italian Renaissance.”
Diogo Costa Amarante was born in Porto in 1982 and graduated in Law. He participated in Berlinale in 2009 – in the Berlinale Talents - and in 2014 with the film AS ROSAS BRANCAS (THE WHITE ROSES). In his acceptance speech for the Golden Bear, Diogo Costa Amarante thanked his family that helped him create the 19 minutes film and the Berlinale’s Short Film team that "is always the most welcoming team”, he said.
At the same day, just hours before the Golden Bear for Best Short Film announcement, Berlinale revealed that OS HUMORES ARTIFICIAIS (THE ARTIFICIAL HUMORS), by Gabriel Abrantes, was nominated for the European Film Awards (EFA) in the category for Best Short Film 2017. With this nomination the Portuguese filmmaker is given a direct entrance on the list for the Best European Short Film 2017 award, given by the European Film Academy on December 9.
The 67.º Berlinale started February 9th and featured about 400 films.