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Os Vivos Tambem Choram

Ze is a dockworker in Lisbon. He watches enviously the ships he will never board. He dreams of leaving his wife and the slum. He has been saving money in secret to travel to Sweden. But one night he gets home to discover that his wife found his savings and spent them on a new washing machine.

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Os Vivos Tambam Choram is a fantasy tale. Ze’s dream of a better place is embodied by a cruise ship, enormous and sparkling. A mental image that is out of step with his surroundings, with the industrial port area, with the slum. Ze has the courage to remain faithful to this dream at whatever cost, despite his lack of means, the harshness of his life, the mocking of his colleagues, his wife’s indifference. What is important is for the audience to identify with the character’s loneliness and with his inability to communicate through the permanent chatter that surrounds him. I want people to understand that Ze has a dream. Let’s forget about his motivations, his psyche, the object of his desire; and concentrate on one thing: the universal need to transcend reality with fantasies. Ze. a drunk among drunks, clumsily defends his ideal… But he will leave! With the help of the Ukrainian –a friend with unexpected powers– and an iguana. They aren’t always right the living, the ones that stay. Maybe they know it. Maybe one day it will make them cry. Anyway, this is what I like to think.



Previous screenings

Bamberg Short Film Festival
21 Jan – 27 Jan | Bamberg, Germany
Solothurn Film Festival
24 Jan – 31 Jan | Solothurn, Switzerland

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 2 Jul 2012