THE WAVES (21', Portugal, 2012)

 

“There is, in the latest FONSECA film, a kind of melancholy one can find in the haunting harmonies of Fado. THE WAVES has a contemplative, almost esoteric dimension, which links humans and nature, life and death as two sides of the same reality.” (Marie Bergeret, Formatcourt) Through an elliptical narrative, THE WAVES tells the story of two sisters caught in a strange mutually dependent relationship. The sparse storyline is set against the dramatic and beautifully photographed Portuguese coastline- a Portuguese 'paradise lost', rendered even more beautiful by the sense of frailty and loss at its very core. World premiered at Rotterdam IFF 2012

Director: MIGUEL FONSECA

 

Cast: ALICE CONTREIRAS, ANDREIA CONTREIRAS

Screenplay: MIGUEL FONSECA

Cinematography: MÁRIO CASTANHEIRA

Editing: SANDRO AGUILAR

Sound: ANTÓNIO FIGUEIREDO

Producer: LUIS URBANO, SANDRO AGUILAR

Production: O SOM E A FÚRIA



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MIGUEL FONSECA (b. 1973, Lisbon) studied philosophy in college. Currently one of the most promising directors of the new generation of Portuguese film, he debuted in 2008 with Alpha, his first short film. Later on, he produced the experimental short film I know you can hear me, which won in 2011 the ''Short Size O.V.N.I'' at Media 10-10 Short Film Festival of Namur. He currently works as a director, writer and continuity supervisor.

 

Jury Special Mention - Edinburgh 2012 / Rotterdam IFF 2012 / São Paulo ISFF 2012 / Hamburg ISFF 2012 / Curtas Vila do Conde IFF 2012 / Buenos Aires BAFICI 2012 etc.

 

“Beautiful, truly Portuguese seascapes swept before my eyes. Tied up in these images was my youth, my paradise lost. The vast sea, the beach, the people, all waiting, all dying gently, sadly, beautifully… Life and death were being recorded here as a whole: death as a part of life, a cosmic change, a transformation.” (MIGUEL FONSECA)

 

“Setting a contemplative mood, THE WAVES opens a new perspective on life, by exploring the organic relationship between man and nature and their „condition” in relation to each other. At a glance, Andreia’s illness and her need to carry around a machine to help her breath would seem something dramatic. However, this is not felt as such in this short, but rather as a natural part of the girl’s life, and, implicitly, of the normal order of things. By alternating extreme wide shots of the breathtaking landscape, in which the characters are but puny parts of the frame, with close-ups, this movie demonstrates the subjectivity of the human perception of what is really „big” and „of importance”. Yet, besides exploring this frailty of the human „condition”, the story also sesitively grasps the visceral connection between man and nature and their deep alikeness: they move in the same patterns and through the same motions, the ripples of the waves are alike the rising and falling of Andreia’s chest as she breathes. The compelling visuals are complemented by the deeply senzorial soundtrack, making it more an experience than just a film.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2012)

 

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