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4TH 2021
PBIFF AWARDS

THE BOY AND THE OWL

Mário Gajo de Carvalho

A young boy lives his life in a magical way, surrounded by the picturesque atmosphere of his village, in this fable about love and the act of letting go.

The First Look

JACOPO MANZARI

The Covid emergency lockdown is in effect, and the thirty-year-old Mattia goes through quarantine alone, in his countryside cottage. Mostly he sleeps and plays video games, with no consideration for the fate of the world. A noise that comes from the valley attracts his attention. Beyond the fronds of his garden, he discovers a view of a house and a family of neighbors that he had never noticed: father, mother, and a little girl of about nine, in what appears to be a happy picture. Yet Mattia gets the idea that the family is hiding something because he sees that the little girl is behaving strangely. She seems devoid of vitality. Therefore in the following days, the man returns to observe the family in secret. Armed with a camera, he sneaks shots of their everyday life, collecting more and more disturbing details about what really happens in that big house. Until looking from afar is no longer enough. And Mattia will have to act.

Migrants

Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise

Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.

Dry Sea

Yves Bex, Bart Bossaert

A fisherman is left alone on the shore of a dried-out sea. He is stuck in the past until a sandstorm overtakes him and redefines the meaning of his existence…

1TH 2018
PBIFF SELECTED