The film “A Flor do Buriti” by Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza awarded at Munich

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The film “A Flor do Buriti”, from directors Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza, won the CineVision award, at the 40th edition of the Munich Film Festival, according to the competition’s awards, announced today.

The CineVision award, for which 12 feature films competed, distinguishes “international directorial talents that innovate through their cinematographic language”, emphasizes the Portuguese producer of the film, O Som e a Fúria.

The film “A Flor do Buriti” was awarded in Munich after having received the Best Team award last May in the “Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes Film Festival, which distinguished both directors and the Krahô people from Brazil, who play the main role in the film.

The Munich festival, which started on the 23rd and ends today, awarded the best feature film prize to “Four Daughters”, by Kaouther Ben Hania, followed by the CineVision award, given to “The Flower of the Buriti”, and the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) award, given to “Fossil”, by Hennning Backhoff.

The CineRebels section award went to Baloji’s “Omen,” which this year also received the new values award in the “Un Certain Regard” section at Cannes, and the Munich Audience Award went to Aki Kaurismäki’s “Fallen Leaves.”

“The Flower of the Buriti” was shot with the Krahô people of Brazil in the indigenous land Kraholândia, where both directors had previously made “Chuva é Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos”, also awarded at Cannes in 2019.

In May, the Cannes Film Festival underlined that this film pays an “extraordinary tribute to the resilience of this indigenous people and their fight for freedom”, while the newspaper Le Monde highlighted the “great poetic magic” of the work.

The name of the film makes reference to the buriti flower, a type of wild palm tree that grows in Brazil, and which is found in the middle of the Krahô community.

“A Flor do Buriti” is scheduled to premiere commercially in Portugal on March 14, 2024.

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