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In an ancient riverfront village outside of present-day Lisbon, a fisherman inhabits both the solitude of the river and the shared routines of family life that rhythmically bring him ashore in TERRA FRANCA, the first feature-length documentary from Leonor Teles, part of a new generation of Portuguese filmmakers and the youngest ever recipient of the Berlin Golden Bear for Best Short Film in 2016.


Check out Terra Franca (Trailer), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7bwY-PBzBc&feature=youtu.be

Winner of the Scam International Award at the 2018 Cinéma du Réel Int’l Documentary Film Festival, TERRA FRANCA, a hybrid of reality and fiction. documents a year in the life of Albertino Lobo, a fisherman in the town of Villa Franca. A gruff man of few words and many solitary silences, the camera follows the fisherman as he crosses the Tagus River in search of a catch. From work-filled everyday life to fancy boat parades, this also introduces home audiences to Alberto’s family, as they prepare for his daughter’s wedding, which entails affectionate celebrations as well as domestic tiffs, while an accidental violation of arbitrary fishing regulations threatens to take away his livelihood.  Teles’ meditative, meticulous portrait, shot over two years, opens up a sliver of Portuguese society and its inhabitants, with all their aspirations, tensions and joys.
Called “as simple, quiet and direct as it gets” by Film Daze, TERRA FRANCA also captured the ETIC Award for best Portuguese Competition film at the Doclisboa International Film Festival, as well as the Young Critics Prize at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Purchase Terra Franca DVD at Amazon for $16.99


Type:  DVD/Digital (Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google)
Running Time: 80 minutes
Genre: World Cinema/Documentary
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio: Stereo
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles
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