Every family has its secrets. My family is no exception.
All Still Orbit links together two apparently unrelated moments in the construction of Brasília: the dream by an Italian saint used to justify its creation and a small city built by the workers constructing the new capital to house them and their families...
Luis Miguel Cintra, actor, stage director and director of Teatro da Cornucópia, staged the play Illusion. This play was based upon texts by Federico García Lorca. More than delusion of the senses or blurred utopia, the illusion that lives in this film is closely linked to dreams, desires, wills, fantasies, and its chances of substantiation.
A young girl disappears in a forest in the heart of São Paul
What kind of images can possibly inhabit the people who are described as “homeless”? Are there images appropriate for the experience of having no home – of being beside oneself, one might say?
The film portrays two old shepherd´s tragic life. Through the encounter with Idalina and Brazida, which leads us to a reflection on the human struggle with fate, nature and mankind.
"Since 2011, as an author and in a frantic and committed fashion, I record music and dance expressions of various kinds all over the country..."
An intimate film and an honest portrait, wherein Celeste Rodrigues proves her liveliness and passion, which show his fado’s contemporaneity.
The Forensic Psychiatric Hospital is a medium-security level, closed structure, with a rehabilitation component. The service provided includes psychiatric, psychological, medical, therapeutic and social care. The 32 men who inhabit the unit were considered exempt from punishment by the court. They feel time going by. Slowly. The film settles in this individual time.
A personal account of 50 years of Portuguese history through fiction films and documentaries.
The filmmaker immersed himself into this film as he approaches the complexity of textual manipulation and the impossibility of communication. Does everything become useless when one transcends boundaries inside the mind?
At the ritual celebrations of Saint Bartholomew of the Sea, disillusionment helps the feet enter the cold water. It's like a whisper, indifferent to the distorted music that echoes round the beach. Disillusionment makes these people beg to heaven what they cannot achieve on earth. How many are the dreams they dare not dream?
The passage of time, of the river, of the clouds. Hundreds of people rush to board a boat that will take them to work. Behind them, the dormitory town: a space beyond time where landscape and identity are ardently shaped by the ambiguities of the world of work.
In mid-summer 2011, Paulo Carneiro and set out as assistant director for a film crew working on a project on the west African coast. There he unexpectedly ended up shooting his own film, a documentary report about a sinking ship near the coast of Guinea-Bissau on which he was a passenger...
“João Bénard da Costa was the head of Cinemateca Portuguesa for eighteen years. I walked down his memory lane and found his love for painting, for churches, for Proust and Musil, for Italy, films, Mozart, and for his friends. But what I really wanted was to depict the contradictory man of flesh and blood, a free man.” Manuel Mozos
“To come to a new through things that are not exactly new.” Manuel Castro Caldas
In 1958, the polemic Brazilian artist Flávio de Carvalho joined an expedition to the rain forest to shoot his first feature film, a strange mix of surrealist fiction and ethnography work about a young woman violently kidnapped by Amazonian indians. Danger, romance and quarrels in the jungle and the production had to be interrupted...
A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo in 2007, the smallest island in the archipelago of the Azores. Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock, 6km high and 4km long, with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people...
A portrait of the daily lives of young people living in a new-built estate on the outskirts of Lisbon. School is a joke and there's no work to be had anyway, so the girls try to have fun as best they can...
New Opportunities was a Portuguese education program with a focus on the academic certification of adults who left school early in life. This program encouraged students to re-elaborate and re-interpret their “life experience”, motivating workers to reflect on their work conditions and their roots. A reflection on work in the contemporary world.
Phones, internet, cable TV, GPS, social networking, live in the era of full communication, in a few years radically changed the physiognomy of our day to day. But the mountains are still in place, with rivers and streams to run obstinately to the sea. And as stones, water, the trees, there are also men who remain unyielding in the most inhospitable places in the deepest valleys and isolated.
António is eighteen years old and he’s profoundly deaf. He wants to study film directing, outside of Portugal, to become a filmmaker and make movies for the deaf and hearing impaired...
In the middle of June the village of Santo Antonio de Mixoes da Serra in the Valdreu region of Northern Portugal honours its Patron Saint with a very special festival.
Two men are walking in the big city at night.
They are having the kind of conversation that only lost souls can have.
On the top of the mountain two shepherds talk quietly while the herd grazes. The few local inhabitants follow the normal routine of the village until something unexpected happens, which threatens the community. It echoes a song of resistance. Three women dance among the ruins. A blind man reflects on the future of the village.
To be captive is to be confined, both in space and in time. The captive one is not only and necessarily a prisoner, but becomes an inherent part of that space, his identity being continually projected on it. The captivity space itself is in turn not inert; it is rather characterized by whomever it contains, it is shaped by that experience.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
"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..."
“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"...
Mother and daughter go to a mediation to try to solve a family conflict.
Year after year, students from across the country subject themselves to initiation rites when they start college. Hazings, organized by older students, take place throughout the whole first year...
Elsa returns to her homeland, Caldas da Rainha, in Portugal to meet her mother. Through this little adventure, we discover the city and the mysterious activities of its inhabitants, as well as elements of Elsa's family history. A crossed impressionist portrait is woven, temporalities become confused, and dreams mingle with reality.
Minhocão is a film portrait which give perspectives on the being and becoming of the modernist building complex Pedregulho build by Eduardo Affonso Reidy in Rio de Janeiro.
A documentary about Lazara Crystal's flowers shop daily routine in downtown São Paulo.
"There are those who think about fleeing. A police car in the corner. An ambulance. My friends in the film industry ask what's going on. A woman runs across the street."
Throughout the XX century, Portugal was a country of emigration. The economy was so weak that half of the Portuguese working population was working abroad – looking for better wages and sending money back home. But for a certain period things seem to have changed...
“A Rua da Estrada” travels around Portuguese roads, with its very peculiar landscapes – a seismograph of passing time. Voiced by geographer Alvaro Domingues, the film shows us a trip around Portugal as it is.
In the beginning the idea was to make something from nothing, in a neutral and unknown place. Collect images and sounds instead of producing them.
In Caxinas, the relationship between the woman and the fisherman is founded on trust, born of their mutual and complete dependence, which is vital for the survival of the family. The wife trusts and depends on the fisherman to survive, the fisherman trusts and depends on the woman to manage his life.
This film explores the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of a river and of man. In low flight across the water, from the source in the mountains to its mouth, we witness the consequences of the indifference of man towards nature. But the river resists. Because everything that runs deep is revealed at the surface.
A Comunidade (The Community) is a short documentary focused on CCL the oldest camping park in Portugal.
Generation Orchestra is a portrait of the impact of an initiative by the same name students from the Miguel Torga School, in Amadora.
A spectacular view of the world as seen from Armando and Maria's control tower, eight floors up from the river Douro.
The story of Miguel Moreira and Ruben Furtado, two Cape Verdean immigrant descendants who live in Portugal but have no legal documents...
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