Terra Franca

Leonor Teles, 82', 2018, Portugal
Directed by Leonor Teles
Cinematography: Leonor Teles
Producers: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
Production Company: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Editing: Luísa Homem, João Braz
Sound: Bernardo Theriaga, Rafael Cardoso

Terra Franca (Ashore) portrays the life of a singular fisherman named Albertino Lobo, in Vila Franca de Xira, an ancient riverfront community near Lisbon. Divided between the quiet solitude of the river and the family ties that wash him ashore, the film documents the life of Albertino and his family during one year, marked by the upcoming marriage of his eldest daughter. With profound intimacy and respectful distance, Leonor Teles captures the end of a life cycle and the beginning of a new one in this beautiful and moving first feature.


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