It's the Earth, not the Moon

It's the Earth, not the Moon

2011 / Portugal / 185min

A cameraman and a soundman arrive on the smallest island of the Azores in 2007. Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people whose almost 500 year old history is hardly discernible, due to the lack of written records. The documentary follows the contemporary life of a civilization isolated in the middle of the sea. A long Atlantic film-odyssey, divided in 14 chapters combining anthropological records, literature, lost archives, mythological and autobiographical stories.



  • Original title
    É na Terra, não é na Lua
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gonçalo Tocha, Dídio Pestana, Rui Ribeiro, Rui Gulherme Lopes
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Gonçalo Tocha
  • Editing
    Gonçalo Tocha, Rui Ribeiro, Catherine Villeret
  • Music
    Dídio Pestana
  • Sound
    Dídio Pestana
  • Duration
    185 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    POR, FRE
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Gonçalo Tocha
  • Distribution


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