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Ice Merchants

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.


João Gonzalez

João Gonzalez is a Portuguese film director, animator, illustrator and a musician with classical training in piano. After finishing his BA at ESMAD Portugal, he took an MA at the Royal College Art in the UK. As a student he made the multi-award winning films, Nestor and The Voyager.

In 2022 he became the first Portuguese animation filmmaker to be awarded at Festival de Cannes, with Ice Merchants winning the Jury Prize for Best Short film at the Critics Week. In 2023 it received an Oscar nomination.

Gonzalez often combines his musical background with his practice in authorial animation, always taking the role of composer and sometimes instrumentalist in the films he directs, occasionally having screenings with a live performance.

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