Frames - 2013

Date: 25 - 30 Nov

Venues: Filmhuset, Stockholm

Special Guests: Luís Miguel Oliveira, Isabela Figueiredo




AQUELE QUERIDO MÊS DE AGOSTO / OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (Miguel Gomes, Fiction/Documentary, 150 min, 2008)

In the heart of Portugal, amid the mountains, the month of August is abuzz with people and activity. Emigrants return home, set off fireworks, fight fires, sing karaoke, kurl themselves from bridges, hunt wild boar, drink beer, make babies.

É NA TERRA NÃO É NA LUA / IT'S THE EARTH NOT THE MOON (Gonçalo Tocha, Documentary, 185 min, 2011)

A cameraman and a soundman arrive in Corvo, a tiny rock, 6km high and 4km long, with a single tiny village of 440 people. Gradually, this small filming crew is accepted by the island's population, two people to add to a civilisation 500 years old, whose history is hardly discernible. Shot at a vertiginous pace throughout a few years, "It's the Earth not the Moon" develops as the logbook of a ship, which follow the contemporary life of a very small island civilisation isolated in the middle of the sea. A film-odissey, divided in 15 chapters, that combines anthropological records, literature, lost archives and mythological stories.

RAPACE (João Nicolau, Fiction, 25 min, 2006

After finishing his Master degree, Hugo spends his days giving his brain a rest from the endless reading of texts by unknown authors.His only company is Luisa, the cleaning lady, with whom he plays cat and mouse.To avoid the sleep of reason, Hugo exercises his lyrical vein by writing, with his friend Manuel, songs about their neighbourhood. The quiet dilettantism of our protagonist is shaken by Catarina, a young and beautiful translator who’s starting her professional life as a freelancer.Hugo is hooked and wavers. High above, a kestrel falcon hovers.It’s not the only bird of prey that can do it.

MORRER COMO UM HOMEM / TO DIE LIKE A MAN (João Pedro Rodrigues, Fiction, 133 min, 2009)

“To Die Like a Man” is the story of the last winter in the life of Tonia, a veteran transvestite in Lisbon’s drag shows. Whilst Tonia battles with the heroin addiction of Rosario, her straight boyfriend, the world around her collapses: the drag show strives to survive, competition from younger artists threatens her star status. Pressured by Rosario to take the last, irrevocable step to come out as her female self – the gender re- alignment surgery which will transform her into a woman – Tonia is plunged into turmoil as a result of her deepest, most entrenched religious beliefs. 


ARENA (João Salaviza, Fiction, 15 min, 2009)

Mauro is thirty years old, Alemão is thirteen. Mauro and Alemão are prisoners inside a city from where it’s impossible to get out. A story about violence liberation through an underground journey. 


RAFA (João Salaviza, Fiction, 26 min, 2012)

Rafa is thirteen and lives with his mother, sister and his little nephew in a tiny flat in one of the suburbs just south of Lisbon on the other side of the big bridge. One morning, his mother isn’t there. She didn’t return after spending another night with that man. Worried, Rafa sets off to find her. He goes to the police station and tries to find out something. Although he responds to their questions calmly he doesn’t get any answers himself. Rafa tries to stand his own in this authoritarian environment and cope with the absurdities of bureaucracy, but to no avail. He takes off to see what the rest of the day will bring. He discovers many an enticement along the way but has to overcome its appeal. He is prepared to do everything and anything – except go home without his mother.

O NOSSO HOMEM / OUR MAN (Pedro Costa, Fiction, 24 min, 2011)

I was a good bricklayer. I never built a crooked wall.My boss never once complained.One day the work stopped, lost my unemployment benefits. No retirement pension, no family allowances.I looked everywhere for work, found nothing.Couldn't bring money home, Suzete kicked me out.

TERRA DE NINGUÉM / NO MAN'S LAND (Salomé Lamas, Documentary, 72 min, 2012)

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 2 worlds.

CERRO NEGRO (João Salaviza, Fiction, 22 min, 2011)

A young woman visits her husband in prison. Both are Brazilian immigrants in Lisbon. Her son is left behind.

LIBERDADE / LIBERTY (Gabriel Abrantes, Fiction, 21 min, 2011)

Liberty is young and he dreams of the future. Besides him, a beautiful Chinese. But it misses only something for perfection. Gabriel Abrantes, once again with Benjamin Crotty, explores ironic and poetically a dispirited universe, in which the boats that lie in the sea are mere heap bones of today's civilisation. (Miguel Valverde)