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FIKE, Evora 2011 Report by Sofia Almeida Ferreira

In this beautiful city of Évora, stage of the festival, of our meeting, of our cinematographic experiences, we’ve found the silence, the music, the bon vivants, a magnificent gastronomy, the beauty of the wide picture and the small details. The history and the tradition, alongside the aesthetic vanguards and a mixture of cultures, languages and thoughts.

A family that is built and rebuilt in each meal, ride or discussion. The attentions dispensed with all of us through the small and big gestures reflect the large affective component of this festival of culture and world cinema. It is always hard to make a small festival attractive for visitors, not because a small festival is not eventful enough, but because guests might have seen a portion of the films selected earlier, at other events. Évora is a fantastic city to visit, the town and the wonderful hospitality along with a very challenging selection of films offer an unforgettable experience.
The FICC Jury hands out only one prize, therefore it is very difficult to make a choice in a competition presenting fiction shorts as well as animations and documentaries. On the other hand, the audience of FIKE is lucky to have the opportunity to look at such a varied and exciting selection of films, from more mainstream shorts to experimental ones. For instance, our jury handed out the Don Quijote Prize to a short film that evokes the tradition of silent film as well as masters of avant-garde cinema: La Gran Carrera (Kote Camacho, 2010). On the other hand, we’ve given a special mention to a more linear, conventional movie that is rather valuable for its astute mingling of dramatic and comic events than for its experimental form (Daniel’s Ashes, Boris Kunz, 2010). Both are great works and exemplify the diversity of selection at this great festival. Not forgetting to mention Conversation Piece (Joe Tunmer, 2010), winner of a second special mention for his ability to originate a comic scene based on a Rex Stewart chorus.
The efficiency and friendliness of all the people in charge to make our stay as agreeable as possible was successful. All that was done gave us a great pleasure. From the accommodation to the screenings along with the lovely meals, and not forgetting the late fun parties and the visits to the city and its surroundings everything has been perfect.
A big thank you to all staff from the FICC.
Viva Évora…