In a decrepit old cinema, several stories appear as ghosts. A compilation of films of different formats, project multiple versions of people beaten by life. “To a man, to be beaten or defeated in life depends, not on the apparent reality that he arouses —but of the intimate ideal for which he aspired.” As stated by Eça de Queirós as the motto of Vencidos da Vida, an informal group formed by personalities of Portuguese cultural life in the late 19th century.
Tomás Baltazar, Rodrigo Areias
Morte Shopping, Sean Riley & The Slowriders, Vitor Rua, The Legendary Tigerman, Rodrigo Areias
Alheli Guerrero, Acácio de Almeida, Vitor Correia, Inês Mariana Moitas, Valdemar Santos
Bando à Parte
Born in Portugal in 1978. He studied audiovisual at the Portuguese Catholic University and later specializing in film at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. He has produced and co-produced films, including for authors such as Edgar Pêra, João Canijo and F.J. Ossang, and he was responsible for the cinema production for the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture. Areias directed feature films like Thebes (2007), Hay Road (2012), 1960 (2013), Ornament and Crime (2015), Blue Breath (2018) and Surdine (2019) and Down By Life (2020), all of them presented at Mostra.