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Orizzonti

Director:
Ana Rocha de Sousa
Production:
Pinball London (Paula Vaccaro, Aaron Brookner), Bando á Parte (Rodrigo Areias)
Running Time:
74’
Language:
English, Portuguese, British sign language
Country:
United Kingdom, Portugal
Main Cast:
Lúcia Moniz, Sophia Myles, Ruben Garcia, Maisie Sly, James Felner, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Lola & Kiki Weeks, Brian Bovell
Screenplay:
Ana Rocha de Sousa, Paula Vaccaro, Aaron Brookner
Cinematographer:
Hatti Beanland
Editor:
Tomás Baltazar
Production Designer:
Belle Mundi
Costume Designer:
Filipa Fabrica Belle Mundi
Music:
Nessi Gomes
Sound:
Pedro Marinho
Visual Effects:
Rafael D’Andrea, Carlos Amaral

synopsis

In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their children. The film portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against the law to keep their family together.

director's statement

Listen felt urgent to me not only as a filmmaker but also as a mother. The shapes and shades of different sides of a story, like a dance in between the right and the wrong, interest me. Culture and life formats us to behave and to be categorised but nothing is exactly what it seems. It is not that simple. The capacity of positioning ourselves in someone else’s shoes paves the way for change. Absolute ways of evaluating mostly leave space for mistakes. Separation as a preventive measure is a question mark to my beliefs. Union, support and compassion achieve usually better results. This film is to me a painful journey on how we see, what we judge or believe and what is actually real.

PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

PRODUCTION 1: Paula Vaccaro, Aaron Brookner - Pinball London Ltd
37 Warren Street
W1T 6AD - London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2034754723
smash@pinballonline.co.uk
http://www.pinballonline.co.uk

PRODUCTION 2: Rodrigo Areias – Bando a Parte
Rua Padre Augusto Borges de Sá, Edifício CAAA
4810-523 – Guimarães, Portugal
Tel. +351 928612754
areias@bandoaparte.com
http://www.bandoaparte.net/

WORLD SALES: Lorna Lee Torres - MAGNOLIA PICTURES INTERNATIONAL
49 West 27th Street, 7th Floor
10001 - New York, United States of America
Tel. +1 646 421 4574
LTorres@magpictures.com

PRESS OFFICE: Kirsty Langsdale – Organic
6922 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
OrganicInternational@organic-publicity.co.uk


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