Fourteen year-old David is forced to become man of the house while his grandfather lives his last days at the hospital.
With only 28 years of age, João Salaviza, a true wonder boy of late Portuguese cinema of late, had already won a Palm D’Or at Cannes and a Golden Bear in Berlin with his shorts Arena and Rafa, which defeated the (disturbing) label of “social cinema” due to the conciseness and emotion in the sketching of their unforgettable protagonists. His first feature moves in the same direction, with another rebel with a cause in search of his destiny in a Lisbon neighborhood. An urban, almost timeless western with a deliberate refusal to use signs from the present –cell phones, computers, social networks–, about the epic of adolescence and its attempt to not give in to condescendence and exhaustion, loneliness and emptiness. The epic of surviving the toughest of high peaks: the discovery of sorrow and disappointment. MP
D, G: João Salaviza F: Vasco Viana E: Edgar Feldman, Joao Salaviza S: Olivier Blanc P: Maria Joao Mayer, François d’Artemare CP: Filmes de Tejo II, Les films de l’Après-midi I: David Mourato, Maria Joao Pinho, Rodrigo Perdigao, Cheyenne Domingues, Ema Araujo
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He was born in Portugal in 1984, and studied at Universidad del Cine, in Buenos Aires. He directed many shorts, such as Arena (2009) and Rafa (2012).