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Catarina Mourão



Catarina Mourão studied Music, Law and Film (MA Bristol University). In 1998 she founded AporDOC, Portuguese Documentary Association. Since 2000 she has been teaching Film and Documentary since. With another filmmaker (Catarina Alves Costa) she started Laranja Azul, an independent production company for creative documentary and visual arts in Lisbon. She is currently doing her practice based PhD in Film at the University of Edinburgh, working with family archives and old family albums, but also shooting in present time.

1994 - Mecca Before I die (5 min)
1996 - The port (10 min)
1997 - Fora de Água (Out of Water) (48 min)
1998 - A Dama de Chandor (The Lady of Chandor) (90 min)
2002 - Próxima Paragem “Next Stop” (15 min)
2002 - Desassossego “Restless” (75 min)
2005 - A minha aldeia já não mora aqui (“My village doesn’t live here anymore”) (58 min)
2006 - À Flor da Pele | On Edge (64 min)
2010 - Pelas Sombras (“Through Shadows”) (83 min)
2012 - Lisbon-Ground - 2 video installations (64 min and 14 min) on Architecture and Urbanism in Lisbon, produced for the Portuguese Pavilion of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale of Venice.


Mother And Daughter

Mãe e Filha (Orig.) / 2009 / Portugal / 16 min

Mother and daughter go to a mediation to try to solve a family conflict.



My village doesn't live here anymore

A minha aldeia já não mora aqui (Orig.) / 2006 / Portugal / 60 min

"I was born beneath this water. I was 10 years old when it all happened. Some things I remember well others are blurred and confused..."



On Edge

À Flor da Pele (Orig.) / 2006 / Portugal / 64 min

European Football Cup, Portugal. The country is relying on the team to raise its morale. The film is set in a poor neighbourhood following a group of idle pre-adolescents. .



Out of Water

Fora de Água (Orig.) / 1997 / Portugal / 44 min

The film tells us the story of the confrontation between a group of trendy urban artists who are invited to make public art in different villages of one of Portugal’s poorest and most isolated regions: Alentejo.




Desassossego (Orig.) / 2002 / Portugal / 77 min

Houses to sell…houses to live in…houses to fill and die in…
Mr. António Carlos works in a real estates agency, he is pressurized daily by his superiors to close contracts and bring profit to the company.



The Lady of Chandor

A Dama de Chandor (Orig.) / 1999 / Portugal / 93 min

Thirty-five years after it’s independence from the Portuguese colonial rule, Goa is definitely a state of many contrasts. Together with a strong migrating Hindu population, there is still a Portuguese speaking minority which seems somewhat frozen in nostalgia and kept in a strange time limbo.



Through Shadows

Pelas Sombras (Orig.) / 2010 / Portugal / 83 min

“One day I realized it no longer made sense to make things hang on walls...my canvas is too big to be exposed in a museum room, and sometimes so small that nobody can see it" Lourdes Castro became known as the artist "who took care of shadows"...



Unique films at FAMUFEST

Unique films at FAMUFEST

The 33rd edition of FAMUFEST, a competition display of films made by students of Prague’s FAMU, will be held on November 23 to 27 at Prague’s Letná District. Like in the past year, it will take place at Bio Oko, plus at the new venues of Studio Hrdinů and Café Jedna.

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- 22.11.2016 -

Cosmopolitan DOK Leipzig

Cosmopolitan DOK Leipzig

Each edition of this festival is great; and even if it may seem impossible, even better than the past one.

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- 7.11.2016 -

20th Jihlava IDFF is worth visiting

20th Jihlava IDFF is worth visiting

From October 25 to 30, the 20th edition of the largest celebration of documentary film in Central and Eastern Europe is held in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Until November 6, the festival continues online at DAFilms.com.

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- 24.10.2016 -

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