Day breaks on the eighth floor in a suburban neighbourhood of Lisbon and 14-year-old Bruno’s grandfather is still in hospital. Doctors give him only a few days to live. The imminence of death and the void that it will leave force Bruno to become the man of the house, where he lives with his mother Mónica, who is in her 30s, and his three-year-old sister Érica.
Tag Archives: Portugal
Cats Have No Vertigo / Os Gatos não Têm Vertigens (2014) António-Pedro Vasconcelos, Maria do Céu Guerra, João Jesus, Fernanda Serrano, Comedy, Drama
An 18 year old boy with a complicated life starts a criminal career but ends up on a rooftop of Lisbon. On the apartment below lives a recently widowed, lonely old lady. Against all odds and her family’s will, they become each others best company.
Lá Fora / Outside (2004) Fernando Lopes, Alexandra Lencastre, Rogério Samora, Maria João Abreu, Drama
Laura works as a newscaster and José Maria as a stockbroker, and while they live in the same housing complex, their lives never cross directly. Nevertheless, he watches her from a distance, seeing all her movements without her knowledge. But their lives finally meet when he is invited onto her news program. From there, a romance begins which coincides with the desire of two beings who finally find a reason to seek love once again.
A crew of construction workers starts destroying a distant ancient film production factory, regarded as an eye sore. They burn left-over reels of old unrecognised films. Manô, an unknown and unremembered film character from the cinema popular in the forties, narrowly escapes extinction and mysteriously projects himself from a piece of celluloid film into the real world. Being a black and white mute film character, and unaware of the new Portugal that awaits him, this hilarious comical character will try to adapt and survive in the new world that surounds him in the capital of Lisbon.
Jacinto Pereira Lopes is manager of a major economic and financial group, which the State returned to its former owner. Jacinto is married to Rosa, a poor but ambitious woman, but never forgot Fatima, a beautiful and brilliant daughter of the family. To save your company, Fatima needs information on the activities of the head of Jacinto and no doubt rekindle the old flame. Jacinto tries to resist pressures in an atmosphere of family chaos, in which his wife encouraged him to be ambitious and cheating on him with other men. Feeling betrayed and used by everyone Jacinto decides to take matters into their own hands, starting to play with the same rules as others.
Her mother has just died. Her father is not who she thought he was. Elisa feels lost between an uncertain past and a future closed off by the perspective of a marriage. Her search for an unlikely father, also a way for her to escape the present, leads her from Paris to Lisbon. At the end of her trip, a dubious truth opens up a new mystery, like a story whose last word you never find.
Cama de Gato / Cat’s Cradle (2012) João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis, Joana Santos, Documentary, Drama, Family
We wanted to make a film about a teenage mother. We met Joana in a casting that took place in Setubal, in the Bela Vista neighborhood. She appeared to us as a porcelain doll, small, fragile, pale, with a little hair bow. Little by little, she crumbled apart, revealing a charming complexity. We were conquered by the duality of strength and fragility, freedom and incarceration, joy and sorrow. The intimacy and complicity we were able to establish with her made this film possible. In Cat’s Cradle, we share her with everyone else.
193 days have passed since Alice was seen for the last time. Every day Mário, her father, leaves home to repeat exactly the same steps he took on the day Alice disappeared. Obsessed with tracking her down he installs several video cameras to record the movement on the streets. In the middle of all those faces, of that anonymous crowd, Mário seeks a clue, a trace, a sign…The shattering grief caused by Alice’s absence turned Mário into a different person but this wilful and tragic quest is perhaps the only way he has to believe that one day Alice will reappear.
How to Draw a Perfect Circle / Como Desenhar um Círculo Perfeito (2009) Marco Martins, Rafael Morais, Daniel Duval, Joana de Verona, Drama
In a house, the last trace of a Lisbon that has long disappeared, Guilherme and Sofia grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. Guilherme, sheltered in a female universe, unable to deal with the uncorresponded love of his sister and her relationships with other boys, ends up running away. After the death of his grandmother Clara, Guilherme refugees himself in his father’s house, who is immersed in a almost autistic world, which leaves him increasingly isolated.
The Consul of Bordeaux / O Cônsul de Bordéus (2011) João Correa, Francisco Manso, Vítor Norte, Carlos Paulo, João Nunes Monteiro, Drama, War
This is the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a man who issued 30,000 visas for safe passage to Portugal during WWII, in June 1940, defying the direct orders of his government. Among them were 10,000 Jews.