DocumentaMadrid 2017

Cidade Pequena

(Small Town)

Diogo Costa Amarante
19' / 2016 / Portugal

One day, the child Frederico learns from his teacher that bodies are made up of a head, trunk and limbs and that people die when their hearts stop. That night, he can't sleep. He wakes his mother up several times throughout the night and complains he has a pain in his chest.

Main Festivals & Awards

Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (2016)
Punto de Vista Festival (2017)

Berlinale - Golden Bear for Best Short Film (2017)

Director's Biography

Diogo Costa Amarante was born in Portugal where he graduated in Law. His first film Jumate/Jumate was selected in several international film festivals and was awarded best film in the DocumentaMadrid08 (Spain), Golden Boll Film Festival (Turkey), and Reykjavik IFF. In 2009, Diogo participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and directed his second documentary film In January, perhaps which was also selected in many festivals and won Jury Prize at the Documentamadrid09 and a special mention of the Jury in the SalinaDocFest 09 (Italy). The White Roses, his first fiction short film, premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in the Official Shorts Competition and was awarded with the European Grand Prix at the Brest European Short Film Festival.

In 2016, Diogo finished his Master of Fine Arts at the New York University / Tisch School of the Arts with his thesis short film
Small town that was awarded with the Golden Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and was funded to develop his first feature script, Migrar pelas Sombras.

More information

Director:Diogo Costa Amarante
Language: Portuguese
English and spanish subtitled
Screenplay: Diogo Costa Amarante
Photography: Diogo Costa Amarante
Edition: Diogo Costa Amarante
Sound: Diogo Costa Amarante, Miguel Cordeiro
Music: F. R. David, Beethoven
Production: Diogo, Miguel Costa Amarante, Dias
Producers: Diogo Costa Amarante, Miguel Dias, Curtas Metragens C.R.L.
International Sales:
Portuguese Short Film Agency
Tel. +351 252 646683.


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