BanzoBanzo
Portugal, France, Netherlands / Fiction / HD / 127'

1907. Afonso starts life anew on a tropical island off the African coast as a doctor on a cocoa plantation. He will have to cure a group of servants “infected” by a disease known as Banzo, the nostalgia of the slaves. They are dying by the dozens, from starvation or suicide. By fear that this deep nostalgia is contagious, the group is sent to an isolated and rainy hill, surrounded by the forest. There, Afonso tries to cure the servants, but his inability to understand their soul proves to be stronger than all the solutions.

Featuring: Carloto Cotta, Hoji Fortuna, Rúben Simões, Gonçalo Waddington, Sara Carinhas, João Pedro Bénard, Maria do Céu Ribeiro, Matamba Joaquim, Romeu Runa, Cirila Bossuet. With the special participation of Beatriz Batarda and Albano Jerónimo.


Produced by: Filipa Reis (Uma Pedra no Sapato)

Co-produced by: François d’Artemare (Les Films de L’après-midi), Yohann Cornu (Damned Films), Frank Hoeve, Katja Draaijer (Baldr Film)

Associate Producer: Simon Ofenloch (ZDF/ARTE)

Funded by: ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e ao Cinema, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Aide aux cinémas du monde, Institut Français, Région Île-de-France, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Production Incentive, Eurimages – Council of Europe

With the support of: ZDF/ARTE, RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

Festivals and Awards

IndieLisboa International Film Festival

National competition (PT 05.2024)

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