O Mar Enrola na Areia (Portugal)
5 13 April 2019

The Hissing of Summer Sands

O Mar Enrola na Areia

  • Catarina Mourão

Synopsis

 Film newsreels show a mixed crowd enjoying seaside fun. Every summer however, a man appears on the beaches. Meticulously dressed, announcing himself with a blast on a whistle. He is the Stranger. A worrying or familiar figure, who makes children run away or attracts them like the Pied-Piper of Hamelin. This fairy-tale character is like a screen for people to project their ideas. His story changes from one version to the next: we do not know if he is crazy after losing his daughter, if he is a tramp living on the generosity of rich families, a paedophile, or a “summer Father Christmas”. Catarina Mourão found some pictures that testify to the existence of this “man with the whistle”. Using the codes of silent film—sheets of cardboard in the sand that a hand rifles through—the filmmaker investigates this myth by editing together extracts from amateur films, with sound and under-mixed, like a soft and ambiguous echo of a dark period that still blossoms in minds and is embodied in this silhouette from the Portuguese coast during the time of Salazar. 
 
Emmanuel Chicon
Length: 15'
Country: Portugal
Year: 2019
Language(s): Portuguese, English
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2019

Production

Catarina Mourão  (Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency)

Sales Contact

Filipa Henriques
Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency
pf@portugalfilm.org
Tel. +351213158399

Photos

Screenings

Language(s):  Portuguese, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Monday 8 April
  • 18:30
Colombière

Followed by a discussion

  • Tuesday 9 April
  • 10:15