Tarrafal will have International premiere in CPH:DOX
Decades of conflict, gang dominance and violent clashes with the police have taken their toll on bodies, faces and buildings in S. João de Deus – a neighbourhood on the wrong side of the train tracks in the part of Porto where tourists never go.
But the residents of the dilapidated neighbourhood have defended their homes and special community for just as long.
Pedro Neves continues and renews the Portuguese tradition of investigating the origins of melancholy in madness, and has created his very own variation of hard and dark social realism with an almost supernatural edge of something threatening and inexplicable. An atmosphere, which has a historical foundation in grainy VHS images of hot-tempered women who swear at the police from the windows of a dilapidated apartment block, but which in today’s moment meet us like a silent and bare-chested man on horseback. If ‘gentrification blues’ was a genre, ‘Tarrafal’ would be the sound of a hoarse voice singing at night. And as a film, it is an unmistakably Portuguese and strangely haunting experience.
Our short film Inn / Hospedaria, directed by Pedro Neves, won the Best Documentary award in the "Transfrontera" category at the International Documentary Film Festival Extremadoc in Caceres, Spain.
This is great news: Lucefece - Where there is no vision, the people will perish, by Ricardo Leite and As Melusinas à Margem do Rio, by Melanie Pereira, will be in the Portuguese Competition of Doclisboa. There are two Red Desert productions.
Inn / Hospedaria in the International Film Festival Camerimage, Poland, for a special documentary screening as part of Images of Sound review.
Bostofrio - où le ciel rejoint la terre was honored with a Special Mention from the Árvore da Vida Jury at IndieLisboa
Our new documentary, Bostofrio - où le ciel rejoint la terre, directed by Paulo Carneiro and produced by Red Desert, had its World Premiere and was honored with a Special Mention from the Árvore da Vida Jury at IndieLisboa.