Batrachian's Ballad

by Leonor Teles

“Simultaneously strange and familiar, distant and near, disquieting and seductive, outsider and cosmopolitan, Gypsies are shrouded in an aura of ambiguity. They cannot be said to be invisible, as they hardly go unnoticed.”

Daniel Seabra Lopes in Deriva Cigana, 2008

Like the Gypsies, ceramic frogs don't go unnoticed to a careful observer. Batrachian's Ballad comes about in a context of ambiguity. A film that intervenes in the reality of Portuguese everyday life, as a form of fabling about a xenophobic behaviour.

Documentary, 11’, 2K, 2016

Directed by: Leonor Teles
Script, Editing, Cinematography: Leonor Teles
Sound: Bernardo Theriaga
Sound Editing: Joana Niza Braga
Sound Mixing: Branko Neskov
Colour Grading: Andreia Bertini
Produced by: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
Production Company: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Promotion & Sales: Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency

Awards

GOLDEN BEAR | BERLINALE 2016
FIREBIRD AWARD | HKIFF 2016
HONORABLE MENTION (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL JURY) | INDIELISBOA 2016
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM | BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
BEST SHORT FILM | CURT'ARRUDA 2016
CERVANTES AWARD FOR MOST INNOVATIVE SHORT | MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016
PRÉMIO REVELAÇÃO | FESTIVAL CAMINHOS DO CINEMA PORTUGUÊS 2016

Screenings

BERLINALE SHORTS 2016, GERMANY
BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016, ROMANIA
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016, CHINA
VILNIUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016, LITHUANIA
INDIELISBOA 2016, PORTUGAL
INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMTAGE OBERHAUSEN 2016, GERMANY 
MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL SPLIT 2016, CROATIA
ARROIOS FILM FESTIVAL, PORTUGAL
BREAKTHROUGHS FILM FESTIVAL, CANADA
MOSTRA DE CINEMA PORTUGUÊS EM MACAU, CHINA
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND
SEMANA DO ONZE, PORTUGAL
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST, USA
FICA - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA E ARTE, PORTUGAL
LIMA INDEPENDIENTE 2016, PERU
CURTAS VILA DO CONDE, PORTUGAL
T-MOBILE NEW HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, POLAND
GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MEXICO
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA
BERLINALE SUMMER FESTIVAL - FRIEDRICHSHAIN 
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS METRAGENS DE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, BRAZIL
MAKEDOX - CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, SHORT DOX COMPETITION, REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
TENERIFE SHORTS - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2016, SPAIN
DUHOC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016, IRAQ
VISTACURTA - CINECLUBE DE VISEU, PORTUGAL
PERSO PERUGIA SOCIAL FILM FESTIVAL, ITALY
HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION) 2016, USA
INDIECORK, IRELAND
CURT'ARRUDA - FESTIVAL DE CINEMA DE ARRUDA DOS VINHOS, PORTUGAL
MICAR (SOS RACISMO), PORTUGAL
2MORROW FILM FESTIVAL, RUSSIA
STUFF FILM FESTIVAL, MEXICO
BERLINALE SPOTLIGHT - 14TH FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MORELIA IN MEXICO, MEXICO
KAOHSIUNG INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, TAIWAN
MOLODIST - KYIV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, UKRAINE
JANELA INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA DO RECIFE 2016, BRAZIL
FESTIVAL LES ÉCRANS DOCUMENTAIRES, FRANCE
MOSTRA-ME - DOCUMENTÁRIOS SOBRE DIREITOS HUMANOS, PORTUGAL
MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2016, ITALY
INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMTAGE WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND 
PANORAMA INTERNACIONAL COISA DE CINEMA DE SÃO SALVADOR DA BAHIA, BRAZIL 
PRAVO LJUDSKI FILM FESTIVAL 2016, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
L’ALTERNATIVA 2016, FESTIVAL CINE INDEPENDIENTE DE BARCELONA, SPAIN
KASSEL DOCUMENTARY FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL, GERMANY
CAMINHOS FILM FESTIVAL, PORTUGAL
SOUND & IMAGE CHALLENGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, CHINA

The Case of J.

by José Filipe Costa

A courtroom is a theatre and a death may be staged. Two policemen are accused in a court of law of the unlawful murder of J. J.’s mother is questioned by the police officers’ defense attorney, to determine who her son was: was he really who he is said to have been? Found beside his body is a gun and drugs.

(Coming soon)

Fiction, 20’, HD, 2016

Production: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Release date: Summer 2016

Djon Africa

by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra

Miguel Moreira, also known as Tibars, also known as Djon África, learns that genetics can be cruel when his physiognomy - as well as some of his strong personality traits - denounce him, straightaway, as his father’s son; someone he has never known. This intriguing discovery leads him to try to find out who this man is. All he knows about him is what his grandmother, with whom he has always lived, has told him.

(Coming soon)

Fiction, 120’, 3:2, 2017

Production: Terratreme
Co-production: Uma Pedra no Sapato, O2 e Desvia
Countries of production: Portugal, Brazil and Cape Verde
Release date: Early 2017

The Indispensible Practice of Vagueness

by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra

“To beget something new through things which aren’t exactly new.”

Manuel Castro Caldas

Ar.Co embodies each person’s geography, it escapes normalisation. Each individual’s experience is his own. This film is my experience, our experience. Pieced together from the school’s archive, from recordings of classes by Manuel Castro Caldas and from conversations at home.

João Miller Guerra

Documentary, 45’, HD, 2014

Directors: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
Editing: Tomás Baltazar
Sound editing: Carlos Abreu
Colour correction: Andreia Bertini
Production: Uma Pedra no Sapato
In partnership with: Ingreme
Commissioned by: Ar.Co - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual

Screenings

DOCLISBOA 2014
PANORAMA 2015
DOC ALLIANCE 2015
CAMINHOS FILM FESTIVAL 2015
FESTIVAL DE CINEMA DE ODEMIRA 2015

Commercial theatrical release in 7 cities all over the country

AS CIDADES E AS TROCAS

by Luísa Homem and Pedro Pinho

In 2008, the growing tourism industry of Cape Verde was frozen. The building of many hotels and resorts by foreigner companies had to be stopped due to a shortage of sand. The sand industry, primary resource for the production of concrete, had reached a dramatic level, endangering the beaches. This event caused a huge euphoria among the businessmen of Mauritania. A great number of trucks started to flow to the Nouakchott port, where many boats sail out to feed the tourist constructions in Cape Verde. Trading Cities starts in Lisbon on a cargo ship. We will undertake an Atlantic route that re‐enacts these daily travels, in order to highlight the physical and social transformations in the landscape that these exchanges produce.

Documentary, 139', 16mm, 2014

Direction, Image, Editing: Pedro Pinho, Luísa Homem
Sound: Raquel Marques, Rita Hermínio
Sound Mixing: Miguel Martins
Color Grading: Andreia Bertini
Production: Leonor Noivo, Joana Gusmão, João Matos, Filipa Reis, Rita Hermínio, Inês Luz
Produced by: Terratreme Filmes, Uma Pedra no Sapato

Screenings

FID MARSEILLE 2014
DOCLISBOA 2014
FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI 2014
CABO VERDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014
PLATEAU - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA 2014
PORTO/POST/DOC 2014
BAFICI 2015
ART OF THE REAL 2015 | FILM SOCIETY LINCOLN CENTER
41ª sessão "Há Filmes na Baixa!" 2015 | PORTO/POST/DOC
HITCHCOCK CINEMA, Arts One | Queen Mary University of London 2015
FILMER LE TRAVAIL 2015
ETHNOCINECA 2015

Otorhinolaringologist

by André Pereira

One afternoon, after his father go get him on school, Simão sees the
word "Otorrinolaringologista" written at a board, at the door of a doctor's office. Because this word is so complicated, a little strange, and so different from what he usually hears at school, the Simão’s attention is now being focused on this concept. Starts here his journey by trying to write, read, but above all, understand that word. A story that explain the real difference between the 'World' of an adult and the 'Universe" of a child.

This film was made as scholar internship final project in partnership with ESAD College of Art and Design.

Fiction, 10’, 2K, 2015

Starring: Simão Silva, Adriano Carvalho, Sofia Seno, Pedro Pereira, Teresa de Jesus e Ricardo Daniel

Writer/Director: André Pereira
Assistant Director: Patrícia Vidal Delgado
Director of Photography: Leonor Teles
Gaffer: Rita Cabrita
Sound Recordist: João Almeida
Film Editor: André Pereira
Head of Production: Daniela Soares
Producer: Filipa Reis | Uma Pedra no Sapato

Screenings

FARCUME 2015
NAU - FESTIVAL OF CINEMA AND ARTS OF IBERIAN EXPRESSION 2015
TAKE ONE! - CURTAS VILA DO CONDE 2015

Isa

by Patrícia Vidal Delgado

Isa is a young outreach worker who uses forum theatre as a tool to promote awareness and discussion of social issues. The gulf between theory and practice widens when her work is mirrored by her reality.

Fiction, 15’, 2K, 2014

Starring: Sofia Furtado, José Carlos Cardoso, Rita Cruz, Gany Ferreira

Writer/Director: Patrícia Vidal Delgado
Continuity: Leonor Teles
Director of Photography: Eberhard Schedl
Gaffer: António Milheiro
Sound Recordist: António Pedro Figueiredo
Makeup Artist & Special Effects Makeup: Magda Casqueiro
Film Editor: Tomás Baltazar
Sound Editor: Ruben Costa
Head of Production: Daniela Soares
Production Assistant: Mariana Carvalho
Producer: Filipa Reis | Uma Pedra no Sapato

Awards

SECOND PLACE | FICTION | FARCUME BRASIL 2015
SPECIAL MENTION | UNCIPAR - JORNADAS ARGENTINAS E INTERNACIONALES DE CINE Y VIDEO INDEPENDIENTE 2015

Screenings

NEW YORK PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL "IN THE PALACE" 2015
CAMINHOS DO CINEMA PORTUGUÊS 2015
UN FESTIVAL C'EST TROP COURT 2015
CINEMED 2014
FESTIVAL DE CINEMA LUSO BRASILEIRO 2014

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