Welket Bungué | Portugal | 7:30 | Short Film

Status: Official Selection

Show the world, with pride, the difference between being dominated and being free. Apply the “wealth of the land to the land”. And love your brother as yourself. In fact, it is what justifies the flame of the Revolution.

Director Biography – Welket Bungué

Welket Bungué is originally from the Balanta tribe, was born in Xitole (Guinea-Bissau) on February 7th, 1988. He is a Portuguese-Guinean actor and film director based in Berlin, a co-founder of Kussa Productions. He holds a degree in Theater from the Actors branch (ESTC / Lisbon) and a postgraduate degree in Performance (UniRio / Brazil). He is a Permanent Member of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema, the Deutsche Filmakademie, and a member of the European Film Academy since 2021. Its films have been screened on several international film festivals, such as Berlinale, ABFF (US), Africlap (France), Zanzibar Intl. Film Fest., Afrikamera (Berlin), IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, Rio de Janeiro IFF, and the Stockholm Dansfilmfestival. He also directed the short films ‘Mudança’ (2021), ‘I Am Not Pilatus'(2019), ‘Arriaga'(2019), and ‘Bastien'(2016) in which he was distinguished with the “Best Actor Award” and “Best First Film Award” by Shortcutz Awards 2017. In 2019 he was awarded with an “Angela Award – On The Move” at the Subtitle Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland), by Richard Cook and Steve Cash. Welket Bungué starred the cast of ‘Joaquim’, by Marcelo Gomes (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2017), ‘Body Electric’ (IFFR 2017), ‘Kaminey’ (2009), by Vishaal Bahardwaj, ‘Letters From War’ (Intl. Competition Berlinale 2016), by Ivo M. Ferreira. In 2020 Welket won the “MAAT Grand Prize – FUSO Intl. Festival of Video Art of Lisbon” with his film ‘Metalheart’, also starred Franz Biberkopf in ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’ (Berlinale 2020), directed by Burhan Qurbani, which lead him to a nomination as “Best Male Lead” at the LOLA awards of the German Film Academy (Deutscher Filmpreis), and grant him a “Aluminum Horse Prize” for “Best Actor” at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival. In 2021, he won the ‘Cinema Industry Prestige Award’ at the 25th RDP Africa – Prestige Award Cerimony (Portugal). Welket is part of the main cast of the new film from David Cronenberg, ‘Crimes of the Future’, among the actors Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.