Ice Merchants

Portugal, France, United Kingdom2022animated14'Short Matters! Krótkie filmy roku (2023)

Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily. EFA nominee at the Motovin Film Festival

directed by
João Gonzalez, portret reżysera
João Gonzalez

João Gonzalez (1996) is a Portuguese film director, animator, illustrator and a musician with classical training in piano. Recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he did a Masters at the Royal College Art (UK), after finishing his BA at ESMAD (PT). In these institutions he made 2 multi-award winning films, “Nestor” and “The Voyager”. In 2022 he became the first Portuguese animation filmmaker to be awarded at Festival de Cannes, winning the Jury Prize for Best Short film in competition at the Critics Week with “Ice Merchants”, which also became the first ever Portuguese film to be nominated for an Oscar. He has a big interest in combining his musical background with his practice in authorial animation, always taking the role of composer and sometimes instrumentalist in the films he directs, occasionally setting them to a live performance.

João Gonzalez
animated by
João Gonzalez, Ala Nunu
João Gonzalez
Ed Trousseau
João Gonzalez
Bruno Caetano
Kadr z filmu Ice Merchants