Ashore+The Moon the Sun and the Musketeers

2017,2018 / 103' / Portugal, Armenia / In Portuguese with Chi & Eng subtitles / Color
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Ashore

(Leonor Teles, 2018, Portugal , 82min, Colour, In Portuguese with Chinese subtitles only, DCP)
The little fishing boat rocks gently on the blue waves of the sea as the first sunray pierces through the sky in the early morning. The sound of the fishing net thrown into the seawater mingles with gusts of wind. This is the daily scene for fisherman Albertino. There are dozens of traditional fishermen like him on the river of Vila Franca de Xira, a small town in the suburb of Lisbon.

Life in the small town seems eternal, until one day when Albertino receives a fishing ban from the government as he fails to meet the minimum quantity required. Meanwhile, as his daughter’s marriage draws near, his wife finds him loss in thoughts all day long. In face of double troubles, old Albertino simply says: ‘the worst is yet to come? So does the best.’

The 25-year-old director Leonor Teles was the youngest winner of Golden Bear to have received Best Short Film in 2016 Berlin with Batrachian's Ballad. Following the mundane life of fisherman Albertino, this first feature film of Teles is shot in refined cinematography capturing the serene passage of time, leaving the audience a poignant sense of nostalgia towards hermee own hometown.

  • Scam International Award 2018 – Cinéma du Réel, France
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, UK
  • ACID TRIP - Cannes Film Festival 2018, France

The Moon the Sun and the Musketeers

(Vahagn Khachatryan, 2017, Armenia & Portugal, 21min, Colour, without dialogue, HD)
It is a small town on the border between Portugal and Spain. During the day, the city feels like a peaceful place forgotten in time, whose pace of life is as slow and calm as the steps of its aging citizens. When the night falls, the town turns into another world, where the streets are haunted by old souls who emerge from the dark to sing of mysterious rituals. When the bell rings again as the morning comes, the constant rhythm of the town returns. People come, people go.

The film quotes Le Citta Invisibili by Italo Calvino towards the end: ‘There are three hypothesises about the inhabitants of Baucis: that they hate the earth; that they respect it so much that they avoid all contact; that they love it as it was before they existed and with spyglasses and telescopes aimed downward they never tire of examining it, leaf by leaf, stone by stone, ant by ant, contemplating with fascination their own absence.’ Without dialogues, the film immerses us in every detail of the town, bringing its tranquillity, its profound history and its memories over the centuries to life.
• Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2018
• Visions du Réel 2017, Switzerland
• Moscow International Film Festival 2017, Russia