PORTUGUESE AFRICA, 1973. Slowly, we have plenty of time: the words of the Second Lieutenant to the small band of soldiers he commands. A land mine exploding on the forest track, the patrol lost in the forest. The death of a soldier, shots in the night. Involved in a war in which the enemy is never seen, the mud-splattered soldiers methodically carry out the final pilgrimage without bitterness or glory, the tame farewell of a generation to five centuries of Portuguese presence in Africa: a story of war.
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Tráfico / Traffic (1998) João Botelho, Joaquim Oliveira, Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz, Branca de Camargo, Comedy
Amarelo Manga / Mango Yellow (2002) Cláudio Assis, Matheus Nachtergaele, Jonas Bloch, Leona Cavalli, Drama
Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a necrophile in love with a bar owner, a transvestite, and many others.
O Gotejar da Luz / Light Drops (2002) Fernando Vendrell, Filipe Carvalho, Alexandra Antunes, Amaral Matos, Luís Sarmento, Drama
Rui was raised in Mozambique in a small village at the frontier of a mysterious river. Son of Portuguese colonists, his best friend is Ana, a black girl godchild of his mother. At fourteen he is confronted with the tragic destruction of his childhood and has to learn to recognize two distinct realities – the European and the African.
Conversa Acabada / The Other One (1981) João Botelho, Fernando Cabral Martins, André Gomes, Juliet Berto, Jorge Silva Melo, Biography, Drama
The film was to be a documentary, but evolved during production to a fictional film. It nevertheless adheres strictly to the poems and letters exchanged by two of the most outstanding names of the Modernist Movement, Fernando Pessoa (in Lisbon) and Mário de Sá-Carneiro (in Paris). Their endless conversation was dramatically and suddenly terminated.
Os Sorrisos do Destino / Twist of Fate (2009) Fernando Lopes, Ana Padrão, Rui Morrison, Milton Lopes, Teresa Tavares, Drama
98 Octanas / 98 Octane (2006) Fernando Lopes, Rogério Samora, Carla Chambel, Márcia Breia, Fernando Heitor, Adventure, Drama, Romance
He doesn’t know her, she doesn’t know him, but somewhere on the highway between Lisbon and Porto, he stops to rest and there she is: as lost as he is. It is a truly fortunate encounter that perhaps is not so fortunate. Almost without any words spoken, they leave together in his car. And so follow the gas stations, and motels, the conversations and the silence, the revelations and the mysteries. They draw an interior route together without either of them knowing where it will lead. In any event, she hopes he will deliver her to a primordial place, an almost mythical destination: her grandmother’s house. In its solitude, each of them can, quite simply, lose themselves, or perhaps, encounter each other.
Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto / Our Beloved Month of August (2008) Miguel Gomes, Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira, Joaquim Carvalho, Emmanuelle Fèvre, Music, Romance
Uma Vida Normal / Just a Normal Life (1994) Joaquim Leitão, Joaquim de Almeida, María Barranco, Anamar, Comedy, Drama
Miguel is 40 years old and has his great share of the usual problems. His body is starting to give signs of rebellion against a life that is full of unrestraints, he is separated from his wife and he got himself involved with another woman that gives him nothing but troubles, he has no time for his son, he is having lots of problems in his job and his bank account is down to zero. In short, his whole life is falling apart. However, a last blow of energy makes him decide to make a change. Deep inside, he thinks, all he wants is to lead a normal life. Unfortunately for him a normal life is the most difficult thing in the world.
Escola Penal de Meninas Violentadas / Correctional Facility for Raped Girls (1977) Antonio Meliande, Meiry Vieira, Sérgio Hingst, Zilda Mayo, Crime, Drama, Erotic
Young female delinquents are sent to a correctional facility run by a lesbian, depraved nun.