International Competition : The Feature films

John From

João Nicolau

2015
Portugal / France
1h38
Fiction
Col.
with french subtitles

The summer of 15 year old Rita has begun and promises to be neither good nor bad. She dedicates herself to sunbathing on her balcony—a place that she also makes sure to drench with water. And she knows that she can count on Sara, the friend with whom she shares her daytime and night-time meanderings. But, at the Community center, a photography exhibition about the Papuan people turns everything upside down and paves the way for new possibilities. Rita becomes convinced that her destiny is linked by Fatum with that of the exhibition’s curator, who is none other than her new neighbour, a mature man. As a variation on the theme of the young woman, John From creates tensions between the banalities of everyday life and the will to exalt them, while the film asks: how will Rita invoke the powers of imagination and fantasy to submit reality to her desires?
(Arnaud Hée)

Director and editor, João Nicolau presented all of his films in Belfort since Rapace in 2006 (Grand Prix Best short film ex aequo and Audience short film award) : Song of Love and Health in 2009 (Grand Prix Best short film), The Sword and the Rose, his first feature film in 2010 and O Dom das lagrimas in 2012.

Cast
Julia Palha, Clara Riedl, Filipe Vargas, Adriano Luz
Screenplay
João Nicolau, Mariana Ricardo
Photography
Mario Castanheira
Sound
Miguel Martins
Music
João Lobo
Art direction
Bruno Duarte
Editing
Alessandro Comodin
Production
O Som e A Fúria, Luis Urbano - Shellac Sud, Thomas Ordonneau

CONTACT :

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The film is selected for the Eurocks One+One award

 

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