Scene from the film The Mesh and the Circle
Scene from the film The Mesh and the Circle
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The Mesh and the Circle

  • Portugal
  • Italy
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Over the course of several months, Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela collected visual testimonies of various labour and ludic activities and other daily practices rooted in empirical knowledge.

Establishing intuitive relations between concrete gestures and substances, sensorial experiences and analogical thinking, the authors have created a fragmentary film immersed on the idea of transformation of matter, generating a revolving movement that metamorphoses itself over time. Throughout a sequence of diverse quotidian activities, solutions and abilities the spectator is conducted over a series of connections in a game of interplay between forms of magic, pleasure, geometry, symbolism and labour.


  • Original title
    A Trama e o Círculo
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela
  • DOP
    Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela
  • Editing
    Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela
  • Sound
    Jonathan Saldanha
  • Duration
    35 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
    • Italy
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Lo Schermo dell'Arte Film Festival [Italy]
    • FID Marseille [France]
    • Split Film Festival - International Festival of New Film [Croatia]
    • FPS - International Festival of Experimental Film and Video [Croatia]
    • UNDERDOX - Filmfestival für Dokument und Experiment [Germany]
    • Aesthetica Short Film Festival [UK]
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam IFFR [Netherlands]
    • Art of the Real - Film Society of Lincoln Center [USA]
    • Festival MED - Loulé [Portugal]
    • Lima Independiente - Festival Internacional de Cine [Peru]
    • The Portuguese Conspiracy [United Kingdom]
    • Madeira Micro International Film Festival [Portugal
    • Issni N’Ourgh International du film Amazigh [Morocco]
    • Exhibition at ArCo - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual [Portugal]
    • Ciclo de Cinema Experimental - Elemental Cinema - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [Portugal]
    • MK Gallery - Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance [UK]
    • Miragem - Mostra de Cinema de Paisagem [Portugal]
  • Awards
    • IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (New Talent FNAC Award, Schools Award) [Portugal] is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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