FOCUS PORTUGAL

As you got used to by now, Timishort reserves a special place to the Focus on Country.

This year, the Focus on Country goes to Portugal. This small Mediterranean country is the birthplace for some exceptional short cinematic productions, as the films selected in this section plainly prove. They were presented in “IndieLisboa” International Independent Film Festival, taking place in Lisbon, each year in May, as well as in the most prestigious international film festivals.

A CAÇA-REVOLUÇÕES

Margarida Rêgo, Portugal/UK, 2014, 11’

A caca revolucoes

THE REVOLUTION HUNTER

It all started with a picture taken in 1974, in Lisbon, just after the Portuguese Revolution. She, the “Revolution Hunter”, tries to enter in that picture as if she could enter into a time she didn’t belong and finally understand what it means to be part of a revolution, or what it means to fight for a country. “Revolution Hunter” is a film that explores the relationship between two generations, two different times, and two different fights. As if we could transform a photograph by drawing on it. As if we could transform the present by drawing over the past.


LOS BARCOS

Dominga Sotomayor, Portugal, Chile, 2015, 20’

Los barcos

THE BOATS

A Chilean actress (50) travels to Lisbon representing a film where she has a secondary role, regarding nobody else was available to go. In the Q&A in the Cinemathèque, she doesn’t know how to answer the audience questions. The next day, she had plans to meet the city, but ends up with a Portuguese stranger in an abandoned area on the other side of the river.


DESPEDIDA

Tiago Rosa-Rosso, Portugal, 2015, 14’

Despedida

FAREWELL

Three friends are at the beach. It is the last day of summer the moon is rising. One of them decides to hold his breath until the moon appears completely in the horizon.


O REBOCADOR

Jorge Cramez, Portugal, 2015, 16’

Rebocador

TOW TRUCK DRIVER

The tow truck driver gives a ride to a young driver, who’s just escaped uninjured from his yellow sports car being taken to the junkyard. In the hush of the dawn the tow truck driver keeps on talking and talking. The freeway is his battlefield. While the car driver remains silent in shock the tow truck driver speaks up against the silence of the world.


SWALLOWS

Sofia Bost, Portugal, UK, 2015, 15’

Swallows

SWALLOWS

Sara moved to London to find a job in graphic design but she’s stuck in a restaurant kitchen. Today, after one more rejection, the reality of her life sinks in. Torn between what’s been left behind in Portugal and the possibility of a better future, Sara finds herself on the edge of change.


AULA DE CONDUÇÃO

André Santos & Marco Leão , Portugal, 2015, 17’

Aula de conducao

DRIVING LESSON

While a teenage boy learns how to drive, a woman walks her elderly dog through the woods. As the evening settles she realizes that it’s not too late to take action.