Scene from the film It's the Earth, not the Moon
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It's the Earth, not the Moon

  • Portugal
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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.

French and Portuguese subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original title
    É na Terra, não é na Lua
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gonçalo Tocha, Dídio Pestana, Rui Ribeiro, Rui Gulherme Lopes
  • DOP
    Gonçalo Tocha
  • Editing
    Gonçalo Tocha, Rui Ribeiro, Catherine Villeret
  • Music
    Dídio Pestana
  • Sound
    Dídio Pestana
  • Duration
    185 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Gonçalo Tocha
      • Portugal
  • Festivals
    • Festival Locarno 2011
    • Doclisboa 2011
    • Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2011
    • Vancouver International Film Festival 2011
    • Valdivia International Film Festival 2011
    • Viennale 2011
    • BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2012
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
    • Riviera Maya International Film Festival 2012
    • É tudo verdade (Brazil) 2012
    • Panazorean International Film Festival 2012
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2012
    • Vilnius International Film Festival 2012
    • Jeonju International Film Festival 2012
  • Awards
    • Doclisboa 2011 - City of Lisbon Award for Best Mid or Feature-Lenght Film of the International Competition
    • Festival Locarno 2011 - Special Mention
    • BAFICI - Buenos Aires International Film Festival 2012 - Best film in "Cine del futuro"
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2012 - Golden Gate Award Documentary Feature
    • DocumentaMadrid 2012 - Best Film in the International Competition 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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