In Focus: Portugal 

The screening presenting new Portuguese shorts includes Cannes Film Festival’s Leitz Cine Discovery Prize winner Ice Merchants and festival favourite Nha Sunhu, which innovatively blends fiction with documentary.

Blue Has No Dimensions

Ara had always believed she would disappear at twenty-eight years old. With that birthday approaching, she pursues the most basic feelings of existence in the water, the sun and the sublime. The state of trance is a wholesome place, alien-like, pervaded by invisible forces.

When Ara realizes where her belief came from, she’s propelled to catharsis: does she disappear?

Orig. title: Azul
Director: Ágata de Pinho
Country: Portugal
Year: 2022
Duration: 21 min
Producer: Filipa Reis, Ágata de Pinho
Production: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Screenplay: Ágata de Pinho
Cinematography: Leonor Teles
Editing: Alexander David, Tiago Siopa, Ágata de Pinho
Sound: Bernardo Theriaga
Starring: Diana Sá, Maria Gil, Maria Alice de Pinho
Becoming Male in the Middle Ages

Mirene and André, and Carl and Vicente, are both couples in their mid-thirties. While Mirene and André struggle with their fertility, Vicente decides to undergo an experimental procedure, implanting an ovary in his body in the hopes of having a child with Carl. A love drama of speculative undertones, Becoming Male in the Middle Ages is an intimate tale about queer sexuality, bodily autonomy, reproductive desires, and the ghost of normativity.

Orig. title: Tornar-se um Homem na Idade Média
Director: Pedro Neves Marques
Country: Portugal
Year: 2022
Duration: 22 min
Producer: Catarina de Sousa
Production: Foi Bonita a Festa
Screenplay: Pedro Neves Marques
Cinematography: Marta Simões
Editing: Margarida Lucas
Sound: Bernardo Theriaga
Starring: Isabel Costa, Zé Bernardino, Nuno Nolasco
Nha Sunhu

Issa, a footballer from Guinea-Bissau who plays in Portugal, is contacted by two filmmakers who want to know more about his life and make a documentary. Exposing the voices behind the camera, Nha Sunhu is a reflection on the gaze, bias, and representation of the other.

Director: José Magro
Country: Portugal
Year: 2021
Duration: 21 min
Producer: José Magro, João Niza Ribeiro
Production: Bagabaga, Pântano
Screenplay: José Magro
Cinematography: Miguel da Santa, Tiago Carvalho
Editing: José Magro, Miguel da Santa
Sound: Dinis Henriques, Tiago Cardoso
Starring: Joãozinho da Costa, Danilo da Mata
Ice Merchants

Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.

Director: João Gonzalez
Country: France, Portugal, United Kingdom
Year: 2022
Duration: 15 min
Producer: Bruno Caetano
Production: COLA - Colectivo Audiovisual
Screenplay: João Gonzalez
Editing: João Gonzalez
Animation: João Gonzalez, Ala Nunu
Sound: Ed Trousseau