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The Orphan has a remarkable festival run, and wins the Queer Palm in Cannes!

In the short film category of the Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival, Carolina Markowicz’s ‘O Orfao’ (The Orphan) was given the prestigious award. The Directors’ Fortnight entry tells the story of a young boy who is adopted and then returned due to his effeminate mannerisms. Inspired by true events, Markowicz creates a vivid portrait of how one’s burgeoning sexuality can threaten the construction of a cis-family unit. With ‘The Orphan’, she crafts a fascinating expression of gender fluidity through stunning cinematography and natural performances. In the end, she also shows that it’s what’s in someone’s heart that’s most important.

Recipients of the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, awarded annually since 2010, include our own Oliver Hermanus ‘Beauty’, and notable films such as Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM – Beats Per Minute’.

'Beauty'
'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'
'Beats Per Minute'

The Orphan has had an incredible festival run, with more than 200 festivals and more than 55 awards:

– Director’s Fortnight – CANNES – 2018 – Winner of the Queer Palm
– Locarno Academy Screenings 2018
– TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival 2018
– SXSW 2019 – Special Jury Recognition
– Miami Film Festival – Best Short Film – ImdbPro
– Holly Shorts – Best Live Action Short
– Concorto 2018 – Winner of Special mention from the Young jury
– São Paulo Int’l Film Festival – Winner of Canal Brasil Award, Itamaraty Prize, and +10 audience favorites
– Queer Lisboa 2018 – Winner of – Best Short -Audience, Special Mention – Jury
– Biarritz 2018 – Winner of – Best Short Film
– FIC Viña Del Mar – Winner of – Best Short Film
– Festival do Rio – Winner of – Best Short Film
– Havana – Jury Special Mention
– Curtas Rio – Winner of – Best Direction
– Kinoarte – Winner of – Best Short Film and Best Screenplay
– Curtas Brasília – Winner of – Best Edition
– Montreal Black Films – Jury Special Mention
– LesGay Madrid – Jury Special Mention
– Zinegoak Bilbao – Best Short – Youth Jury
– Friss Hus BUDAPEST – Best Int’l Short Film
– FEMCINE – Best Short Film
– Martinique Film Festival – Best Short Film
– Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival – Alternative Spirit Award
– Brazilian Academy of Cinema – Best Short Film Fiction
– AFI
– Atlanta Film Festival
– Uppsala Film Festival
– Guanajuato 2018
– Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival
-Vienna Shorts
-Seattle Intl Film Festival
-Outfest
-Florida Film Festival
-Athens International Film + Video Festival
-BFI Flare
and more…

View Carolina Markowicz work