Past Perfect awarded at the Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg [09/06/2019]

Past Perfect, by Jorge Jácome, which had its world premiere happen last February in the Berlin Film Festival (in the Berlinale Shorts competition), is the big winner of the Short Film Festiva of Hamburg running from the 4th to the 10th of June. After having the previous year with his film Flores won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award, the director does the unprecedented feat of winning twice at the same festival. This award assumes an even bigger importance in the year that the new festival director, Maike Mia Hoehne (who previously ran the short films competition at the Berlin Film Festival) brought a new vision to the festival (which has the sponsor of the channel ARTE), and wants to take over the most important role of the festival, the short film universe.

The jury of the 35º Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg was composed by Pela del Álamo, (filmmaker and director of Curtocircuíto - International Film Festival), Peter Van Hoof (IFF Rotterdam programmer), Ana David (IndieLisboa programmer), Jennifer Reeder (filmmaker) and Pawel Wieszczecinski (Kinoscope distributor).

Jury statement: A deeply contemporary setup that drifts through our collective memory. Tenderness and melancholy hold hands and in doing so they take us on a hypnotic journey through our own personal imaginary. Past Perfect exceptionally looks back in time to carry out a shared experience of solitude in modern times.

After being the first portuguese film to win the International Competition of IndieLisboa, in the midst of May, Past Perfect continues its glorious journey, being that it already has 13 selections at the moment and three relevant prizes. The film, based on a text for theatre by Pedro Penim, whose words serve as the motto for the synopsis of a film that has a discourse on melancholy - "Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. They are places that could be Portugal, so sunk in a painful longing of the past, and where each tension of the present is only the tip of an iceberg that is explained in successive retreats that can go straight until the origin of the species, at least. This feeling common to many latitudes is often presented as a diagnosis, a denial of a painful present as opposed to the desire to return to a glorious past."