MERCÚRIO (18', Portugal, 2010)

 

Winner of the Principal Prize at Oberhausen in 2011, for its ability to open up an unexpected visual landscape, the intimate and sensitive MERCÚRIO shows a mysterious encounter that takes place on a quiet parking lot. Through glass and reflections, we spy upon a man and a woman from surveillance camera distance. They seem so close in space, but so far away in life. The inspired choice of the camera to capture the moment of intimacy through the car windows makes the glass strangely become a mirror, which transforms the external reality into an emotional inner space.

Director: SANDRO AGUILAR

With the support of:

 

Cast: ALBANO JERÓNIMO, EDUARDO AGUILAR, ISABEL ABREU

Screenplay: SANDRO AGUILAR

Cinematography: RUI XAVIER

Editing: SANDRO AGUILAR

Sound: MARCO LEÃO, TIAGO MATOS

Producer: LUIS URBANO, SANDRO AGUILAR

Production: O SOM E A FÚRIA



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SANDRO AGUILAR studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and in 1998 he founded the production company O Som e a Fúria. His short films have won awards at festivals, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Locarno, Vila do Conde, and have been shown in Rotterdam, Belfort, Montreal, Clermont-Ferrand among others. A ZONA is SANDRO AGUILAR’s first fiction feature film and follows a long string of short productions such as: O CADÁVER ESQUISITO 1997, ESTOU PERTO 1998, MOTIONLESS 2000, VOODOO 2010, Mercúrio 2011, AND THEY WENT 2011, SIGNS OF STILLNESS OUT OF MEANINGLESS THINGS 2012.

 

Principal Prize - Oberhausen 2011 / Best Short Film - Gijón 2010 / Rotterdam 2010 / Curtas Vila do Conde 2010 / Hamburg 2011 / Nice SFF 2011 / Cork 2010 / Montréal 2011 / Buenos Aires 2011

 

"MERCÚRIO probably wouldn't have existed without my previous film. VOODOO was made a few months before and the pleasure of its construction left in me the desire to rejoin the technical and creative crew, in a smaller scale, for a spontaneous and immediate work, which could serve as a pretext for our reunion, and also to test production models for times of crisis to come. Half a dozen hours of shooting, divided by two evenings, one dedicated to things and space, the other to the actors. I had the intuition that the film would relate to these two dimensions. A patio at the rear of a residential neighborhood, which serves as parking for residents and occasional visitors, where there are still remains of a garden, and a small story that happens there, a meeting of lovers in the evening, that erupts as a parenthesis in a sentence. A place that inevitably echoes what happens in it." (SANDRO AGUILAR)

 

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