Official Selection


João Nicolau | Portugal, France | 2019 | 112 min.
O.V in Portuguese subtitled in English and Spanish.

Luís Rovisco is a divorced man about to retire from a security systems company, who lives alone with his cat. While it may seem a hard task to make a film with such material, João Nicolau (John From) comes up with a musical on wheels, sung by a non-professional actor and mature rookie. Between awkward situations and a dislocated and impassive humour, the last chance of love passes in front of Luís's eyes while  modern security boxes and safety gates turn back on him, in a film in which there is even room to sing along with the Spanish band Las Ketchup.




Direction: João Nicolau
Script: João Nicolau, Mariana Ricardo
Cinematography: Mário Castanheira
Editing: Alessandro Comodin, João Nicolau
Music: Pedro da Silva Martins, Norberto Lobo, Luís José Martins
Sound: Miguel Martins
Cast: Miguel Lobo Antunes, Luísa Cruz, Américo Silva, Sandra Faleiro, Tiago Garrinhas, Ana Tang, Jorge Andrade
Production: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Production Company: O SOM E A FÚRIA


João Nicolau, born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1975, is one of the most imaginative exponents of the new Portuguese cinema. As well as a film director, he is also an editor, actor and musician. He has directed short films such as Rapaze (2006, shown at Cannes), Canção de Amor e Saúde (2009, also shown at Cannes) and Gambozinos (2013), all of which have participated in many international festivals and won awards at Milan, Belfort, Réus and Vila do Conde among others. He made his feature film debut in 2010 with A Espada e a Rosa, which competed in Venice and at the Viennale, and was shown in cinemas in Portugal and France. John From was part of the New Waves section in Sevilla in 2015. Technoboss, his latest film, premiered in the official selection in Locarno.

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