|Producers:||Luis Urbano, Sandro Aguilar|
|Production:||O Som e a Fúria|
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY
72' / 2012 / Portugal
English and spanish subtitled
Audience vote 7.1
A neutral setting. No-man’s land. A man sitting on a chair, talking about his life. In his younger years, he was a soldier in an elite Portuguese commando during the colonial wars in Mozambique and Angola. After the Carnation Revolution, he worked first as a bodyguard in Portugal and then as a CIA-hired mercenary in El Salvador, before finally carrying out contract killings as a member of GAL, the anti-Basque underground organisation. The monstrosity of the atrocities he describes is at odds with the film’s formal minimalism and the protagonist’s way of presenting himself. He remains unaffected when describing brutal details, makes incisive comments on the background to contemporary political history, tells jokes and talks big. His statements are numbered, forming the basis for research and reflection on the part of the director. An undertaking being carried out on shaky ground: facts and fiction, memories and fantasies, confession and self-portrayal flow into one another; reliability and identity are increasingly questioned. This tight, disquieting cinematic protocol of a shadowy existence evolves into a complex investigation of the basis and boundaries of documentary filmmaking.
Doclisboa’12 – Portuguese Competition [Portugal, 2012]:
Premio del Público, Restart y Liscont a la Mejor Película Portuguesa / Audience Award + Restart Award + Liscont Award for Best Portuguese Feature
Premio Jameson a la Mejor Primera Película / Jameson Award for Best First Film
Salomé Lamas (1987, Lisbon, Portugal) studied Cinema in Lisbon and Prague, MFA in fine arts in Amsterdam, and is a Ph.D candidate in film studies in Coimbra. She has been working with time-based image and has exhibit both in art spaces and film festivals. After a couple of awarded short films, her debut film “Terra de Ninguém” (No Man’s Land) swept most of the domestic awards at Doc Lisboa, had its international premiere at Berlinale Forum and was later presented at MoMA Documentary Fortnight. Lamas is now working on her latest film, a docufiction, to take place in Peru.
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