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Portugal 1

29.08.2021 – 13.30 – Flagey

In 2020, the ‘Travelling’ section takes you to discover Portugal! To celebrate the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, the BSFF dedicates a programme to the Portuguese short films.

A brief history of princess X

Gabriel Abrantes

Pays Portugal
Genre Fiction
2016 - 7' - Couleur
A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous ‘Princess X’, a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.

Agua mole

A. Ramires (Xá), L. Gonçalves

Pays Portugal
Genre Animation
2017 - 9'15" - Noir et Blanc
The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.


Alexandra Ramires

Pays Portugal
Genre Animation
2020 - 11'39" - Couleur/N&B
Under a gloomy sun, two characters look for adaptation.


João Nicolau

Pays Portugal
Genre Fiction
2013 @en - 20' - Couleur
A ten year-old boy faces up to the struggles of life in a summer camp. It’s not easy to be ignored by the girl of his heart or seeing his dormitory vandalised by adolescent thugs. Fortunately, in the forest, the Wild Haggis insists on remaining out of sight.

Maria do mar

João Rosas

Pays Portugal
Genre Fiction
2015 @en - 33' - Couleur
It’s a summer weekend in a country house near Sintra. Fourteen-year-old Nicolau is spending a couple of days with his older brother Simão and his friends, all of them in their late twenties. Everyone is drawn to beautiful and quiet Maria do Mar, but it’s Nicolau who will see his life shaken the most by this unexpected female presence. Between homework and tree-climbing, stories about a deceased philandering grandfather and the origins of tortellini’s shape, a friend in a costume nursing a broken heart and dancing seduction games, Nicolau observes this group of young adults with the awe of the outsider and the fascination of nothing ever being the same again.

O inferno

Carlos Conceição

Pays Portugal
Genre Fiction
2011 @en - 20'50" - Couleur
In a modern house, a young man has the job of keeping the swimming pool clean. He will eventually be involved in compromising activities.