At an old manor house in northern Portugal, Ana helps her friend, Emília, the elderly housekeeper who is determined to continue to keep the unoccupied house in order for the owners who are never there. As the seasons turn, Mónica, Ana's daughter, challenges her mother's choices and the three generations of women search to understand where they belong in a world that is rapidly fading, where the cycle of life is renovated only through inevitable endings.
Featuring: Carla Maciel, Fátima Soares, Vitória Nogueira da Silva,
Sara Machado, Paulo Calatré, Manuel Mozos
Directed by: Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
Written by: João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis, Sara Morais, José Filipe Costa, Letícia Simões
Assistant Director: Emídio Miguel
Cast Preparation: Kleider Luciano Risso
Production Coordinator: Joana Vaz da Silva
Costume Design: Susana Abreu
Make-up and Hair: Maria Almeida Nani
Production Design: Marco Ascanio Viarigi
Director of Photography: Vasco Viana
Editing: Luísa Homem
Color Grading: Alessandro Pelliccia
Sound: Benoît Guérineau
Sound Editing: Benoît Gargonne
Sound Mix: Johann Nallet
Original Score: Ricardo Jacinto, Hypogeo
Producers: Rachel Daisy Ellis, Filipa Reis
Co-producers: Catarina Mourão, Alexandre Gavras, Jon Coplon
Produced by: Uma Pedra no Sapato
Co-produced by: Laranja Azul, KG Productions, Stayblack Productions
Sales Agent: Luxbox
Distribution (Portugal): Uma Pedra no Sapato
Funded by: ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e ao Cinema, RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, MiC – Ministero della Cultura, Eurimages – Council of Europe, Ibermedia
Festivals and Awards
Quinzaine des Cinéastes du Festival de Cannes
Sélection Long métrage (FR 05.2023)
ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival
Feature Film Competition (RO 08.2023)
Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
Competição Novos Diretores (BR 10.2023)
Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival
Panorama section (CN 10-11.2023)
Caminhos do Cinema Português
Selecção Caminhos (PT 11.2023)
Lecce Festival del Cinema Europeo
Competition (IT 11.2023)
Special Jury Award – Golden Olive Tree Competition
Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón
Competition (ES 11.2023)
MUBI Podcast host Rico Gagliano traveled to the Cannes Film Festival, camera crew in tow, to chat it up with a cross-section of filmmakers debuting their movies there. Our Cannes Conversations mini-season concludes this week with two final interviews.
“Légua” by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra has its world premiere in Directors Fortnight.
It is co-produced by Catarina Mourão at Portugal’s Laranja Azul, Alexandre Gavras at France’s KG Productions and Jon Coplon at Italy’s Stayblack Productions. World sales are repped by Luxbox, a sign of a high-profile arthouse proposition. The directors spoke to Variety.
Set to have its world premiere screening (05.23) in the Directors’ Fortnight section, we have your exclusive first look at poster one-sheet for tandem Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra‘s sophomore fiction feature Légua.
Discover “LÉGUA” by Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra, a film presented at the Quinzaine des Cinéastes at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Immerse yourself in the moving story of Emilia, the caretaker of an old house in Portugal, and Ana , whose health is deteriorating, as they seek their place in a changing world.
Há outro filme português no programa da 76ª edição do Festival de Cannes (de 16 a 27 de Maio), foi hoje anunciado: trata-se da nova longa-metragem de Filipa Reis e João Miller Guerra, co-produção Uma Pedra no Sapato/Laranja Azul. A dupla está seleccionada para a mais prestigiada das secções paralelas do festival, a Quinzena dos Cineastas, com Légua, filme que sucede a Djon África (2018) na colaboração entre os dois cineastas.
There will be a special screening of late Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira’s 1993 drama Abraham’s Valley to mark the film’s 30th anniversary of its original Directors’ Fortnight debut.