Frames Collective - 2019

The 6th edition of Frames - Portuguese Film Festival aimed to redefine the idea of group through cinema: narratives and aesthetics, ways of thinking and the concept of collectivism. The power of a society as a whole. The energy of a community. Shared protests and fights. The beauty of a class learning together. Common beliefs and destinations - Frames Collective.

Dates: 14 - 24 March 2018

Venues: Zita Folkets Bio (Stockholm); Hagabion, Viktoriahuset and Göteborg Stadsbibliotek (Gothenburg); Elektra Folkets Bio (Västeras)

Special Guests: React! actions moving, João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Rúben Gonçalves, Leonor Noivo, Anabela Moreira, Ana David




Fátima (João Canijo, Drama, 153min, 2017)

May 2016. A group of 11 women set off from a village in the extreme north of Portugal on pilgrimage to Fátima. They walk 400km on foot over 10 days, crossing half of Portugal in a great effort to fulfil their promises. The extreme fatigue, suffering and physical limitations of each one of them lead to moments of rupture. Then they reveal their deeper identities and motivations. When arriving in Fatima, in the midst of enormous exhaustion, each one will have to find her own way to redemption.


Childhood, Boyhood, Youth / Infância. Adolescência. Juventude. (Rúben Gonçalves, Documentary, 95min, 2018)

At the National Conservatory Dance School, kids dream of becoming dancers. This is a space where skills and passions are put to the test in three fundamental moments: the selection, the end of the 9th grade when a decision has to be made and, finally, the stage premiere.


The Dead and the Others / Chuva É Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora, Drama, 114min, 2018)

There are no spirits or snakes tonight and the forest around the village is quiet. Fifteen-year-old Ihjãc has nightmares since he lost his father. He is an indigenous Krahô from the north of Brazil. Ihjãc walks into darkness, his sweaty body moves with fright. A distant chant comes through the palm trees. His father’s voice calls him to the waterfall: it´s time to organize the funerary feast so the spirit can depart to the dead´s village. The mourning must cease. Denying his duty and in order to escape a crucial process of becoming a shaman, Ihjãc runs away to the city. Far from his people and culture, he faces the reality of being an indigenous in contemporary Brazil.


The Nothing Factory / A Fábrica de Nada (Pedro Pinho, Drama, 176min, 2017)

One night, a group of workers discover their factory is being dismantled by the same administration that runs it. Quickly, the labourers organize themselves in order to occupy the plant.


(Be)Longing / Volta à Terra (João Pedro Plácido, Documentary, 78min, 2014)

At Uz, an isolated hamlet in the northern mountains of Portugal, four generations live together in a group of around fifty people. When life is rough, solidarity is of the highest order. Everything else is left in God’s hands. They could have emigrated, like so many others, but chose to stay and keep their ancestral way of life, away from the racket of modernity.