Country: Portugal

RAFA

It’s six o’clock in the morning, and Rafa’s mother isn’t at home. She didn’t return after spending another night with that man. Worried, Rafa borrows a friend’s bike and sets off to find her. He goes to the police station in downtown Lisbon and tries to find out something. Time goes by, but Rafa doesn’t want to return home alone.

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AMOR, AVENIDAS NOVAS

Lisbon, 2017. Manel is twenty years old, lives on Avenida Almirante Reis, and idealizes love inspired by the relationship of his parents. Out of compassion, he hands over his double mattress to Nicolau and his girlfriend, who returned to Lisbon.

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AQUAPARQUE

In an abandoned waterpark, a girl and a boy are hidden from the outside world. Between the graffitied ruins of the old swimming pools and blunt slides, they find a shelter to grieve their loss of hopes and dreams.

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RUSSA

Russa returns to Bairro do Aleixo in Porto to visit her sister and her friends with whom she will celebrate her son’s birthday. In this brief reunion, Russa returns to the collective memory of her neighbourhood where three of the five towers still remain standing.

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HIGH CITIES OF BONE

Karlon lives in Pedreira dos Húngaros in the outskirts of Lisbon. He, a pioneer of Cape Verdean creole rap, runs away from the housing project to which he had been relocated. Nights of vigil are spent under a sweltering tropical heat. Among the sugarcanes, a whisper is heard.

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ANTONIO AND CATARINA

A 70-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman share a candid and twisted relationship with a deadline. Over the course of three years, filmmaker Cristina Haneș comes and goes from Augusto’s life. Assuming new identities, António and Catarina, they talk about youth, death, love and desire, negotiating the terms of their relationship, trapped in a small room in Augusto’s apartment.

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