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    16 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama, Short

    Liberty is young and he dreams of the future. Besides him, a beautiful Chinese. But it misses only something for perfection. Gabriel Abrantes, once again with Benjamin Crotty, explores ironic and poetically a dispirited universe, in which the boats that lie in the sea are mere heap bones of today's civilisation.


    • The Film und Video Untertitelung Prize, FF Locarno


    Betty Meixue
    Gu Hong Zhen
    Joelson Da Silva
    Li Kun Qiong
    Márcio Marcelino
    Mu Yuan Shuai
    Orlando Sérgio
    Ricardo Matias
    Wang Tian Guo
    Wilson Teixeira
    Zhou Jian
    Gabriel Abrantes
    Benjamin Crotty
    Eberhard Schedl
    Benjamin Crotty
    Gabriel Abrantes
    Gabriel Abrantes

    Gabriel Abrantes


    We work in the sites where the world is taking new forms of life, where contemporary forms of life are being invented

    Gabriel Abrantes, born in North Carolina in 1984, is an artist and filmmaker who has produced a significant body of work in film since studying at L’ École National des Beaux-Arts (2005-2006) and Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France (2007). Abrantes received a BA in Cinema and Visual Arts at Cooper Union in 2006. He has exhibited since 2002 in museums such as the MIT:List Center for the Arts in Boston, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, and Museu Serralves in Porto. In 2008, his works, OLYMPIA I/II were chosen for the IndieLisboa Festival, where in 2009 he won the New Talent Fnac Award with VISIONARY IRAQ. A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film in Locarno, and IndieLisboa in 2010. He has established A Mutual Respect, a production company that seeks to find alternative means to produce moving-image work. In 2011, FRATELLI, co-directed with Alexandre Melo, was awarded in Curtas Vila do Conde and LIBERDADE, co-directed with Benjamin Crotty, in Locarno. PALÁCIOS DE PENA, was presented in Venice. In 2013 ZWAZO was shown in Rotterdam and ENNUI ENNUI had its world premiere at the Rome FF. TAPROBANA world premiered in Berlin's shorts competition section in 2014. In 2016, his short film FREUD AND FRIENDS was selected at the Berlinale. In 2018, his first feature DIAMANTINO, co-directed with Daniel Schmidt, was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.

    Selected Filmography

    Benjamin  Crotty

    Benjamin Crotty


    Benjamin Crotty (1979, USA), a graduate of Yale University, began working in film and video as a Master’s student at the Fresnoy–Studio National in northern France. Since then his work has been shown in numerous festivals such as Locarno Festival, IFF Rotterdam and IndieLisboa (Award for New Talent in 2009 and Best Director in 2011, both with Gabriel Abrantes) and in institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Genève, the Palais de Tokyo and Tate Modern. He has received production grants from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, the Direction Regional des Affaires Culturelles – Ile de France, and the Fondation National des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques and France Télévision. Crotty's first feature film, FORT BUCHANAN, premiered at Locarno in 2014 and went on to screen in numerous festivals, including IFF Rotterdam, Seville FF and Melbourne IFF, winning prizes at La Roche sur Yon IFF and Molodist IFF. It had its US premiere at the MoMA/Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films Festival in March 2015. His most recent film THE GLORIOUS ACCEPTANCE OF NICOLAS CHAUVIN (2018) was selected at Locarno Festival.

    Selected Filmography