We invited filmmakers to address collective movements, waves, images and sounds. The power of a society as a whole. The energy of a community, the strength of a group against a system, common beliefs and destinations.
After over 70 submissions, this is the official selection of short films that will be screened this year during Frames Collective, the 6th edition of Frames - Portuguese Film Festival.
The full festival programme will be announced on 20 February - stay tuned!
Cows and Queens
LAURA MARQUES | 2018 | 38 min | Documentary
The Herens cattle is a race of cows essentialy bred for tournaments. In these tournaments and among the herd, the most powerful cow is “The Queen”. Spending four months working alone as a cow herder in the Swiss Alps, Laura is given the following advice by the previous herder: she must be the Queen. The advice is taken literally, in an absurd pursuit for the title. Reflecting on power relations between humans and other animals, the film puts the unidirectionality of this relationship to question. If cows are not just bodies to be controlled by humans, what else can they be?
Nyo Vweta Nafta
ICO COSTA | 2017 | 21 min | documentary
Inhambane. Mozambique. King-Best. Samsung Galaxy. Versace. Babes. White rooster. There are no toothpicks in Norway. Coconut trees. Baobab fruits. Superfruits. Vitamine C. Passiflorine. Alpha-linolenic acid. SMS in Chinese. Megabytes. Hotel Cardoso. Coffee is a white man’s addiction. Ngadzango. My woman. Nafta.
João Vladimiro | 2018 | 29 min | FIction
Anteu is born in a village where he’s the only child around. His mother ends up dying after a while and the father soon follows suit. One by one the people from the village start to disappear and Anteu, now a 17 years old boy carries on with his solitary life. One night, a dream awakes him: who would bury him?
Self Destructive Boys
ANdré santos, Marco LEão | 27 min | fiction
Self Destructive Boys is a direct stare into masculine interaction as we follow three boys in their mid-twenties, António, Xavier and Miguel testing the limits of their sexual flexibility. This film is built on an edge: the ambiguity of human relationships.
Boys will always be boys.
Mirage My Bros
diogo baldaia | 2017 | 24 min | Fiction
An elementary school class without a teacher, a contract signing with a giant football club and a new year’s eve party.
Three tales tinged with aspiration and the desire to escape express a look into a youth absorbed by the power of dreams and the harshness of reality. A generation facing growth in tension with the future.
jorge jácome | 2017 | 26 min | fiction
In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands.
Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, guide us to the stories of sadness of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist by inhabiting the islands. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we came from.
Amor, Avenidas Novas
Duarte coimbra | 2018 | 20 min | fiction
Lisbon, 2017. Manel is twenty years old, lives on Avenida Almirante Reis and idealizes love inspired by the relationship of his parents. Out of compassion, he hands over his double mattress to Nicolau and his girlfriend, who returned to Lisbon. Manel is alone with the mattress that he exchanged with his friends and on his way back home when he invades a film set, whose team is entirely composed by girls. One of them, Rita, a beautiful production intern who helps with the mattress. They talk. This encounter has a profound effect on Manel who goes home to reconsider his life sinking into a magical feeling of passion.
DROP BY DROP
Laura gonçalves, xÁ | 2017 | 9 min | animation documentary
The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.