Portuguese Cinema

Alvorada Vermelha Red Dawn

27’ / 2011 / PORTUGAL

Directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Cinematography: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Editor: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Rui Mourao
Sound: Carlos Conceição, Nuno Carvalho
Producer: João Figueiras
Production company: BLACKMARIA


February 2011, Red Market, Macao’s famous food market. Two directors, a common look. The gestures and the routines, between life and death. In memoriam Jane Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011).

Agência da Curta Metragem

É na Terra não é na Lua It's the Earth not the Moon

180’ / 2011 / PORTUGAL

Director: Gonçalo Tocha
Cinematography: Gonçalo Tocha
Voice: Gonçalo Tocha
Production: Gonçalo Tocha
Editors: Gonçalo Tocha ,Rui Ribeiro, Catherine Villeret
Sound: André Neto


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. Gradually, this small filming crew is accepted by the island's population as its new inhabitants, two people to add to a civilisation almost 500 years old, whose history is hardly discernible, such is the lack of records and written memories. Shot at a vertiginous pace throughout a few years, self-produced between arrivals, departures, and coming-backs, "It's the Earth not the Moon" develops as the logbook of a ship, and turns out as a patchwork of discoveries and experiences, which follow the contemporary life of a civilisation isolated in the middle of the sea. A 3-hour Atlantic film-odyssey, divided in 14 chapters, that combines anthropological records, literature, lost archives, mythological and autobiographical stories.

Gonçalo Tocha

Terra de Ninguém No Man's Land

72’ / 2012 / PORTUGAL

Director and screenplay: Salomé Lamas
Cinematography: Takashi Sugimoto
Editor: Telmo Churro
Sound: Bruno Moreira
Producers: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Production company: O Som e a Fúria
Cast: Paulo de Figuereido, Chiquinho e Alcides


Paulo offers sublime portrayals of the cruelties and paradoxes of power and of the revolutions that brought it down, only to erect new bureaucracies, new cruelties and paradoxes. His work as a mercenary is in the fringe of these two worlds.

O Som e a Fúria