Os Humores Artificiais

The Artificial Humors | Die Künstlichen Humore
Among the Yawalapiti tribe in the Amazon Basin, Claude Laroque and a young indigenous woman named Jo research ways in which to convey emotions to robots. Together they teach Coughmann, the robot, a guide for identifying a variety of human emotional states. Coughmann’s intelligence recognises the advantage of remaining polite when failing to understand something and to at least feign comprehension. And: the grasping of the fundamental nature of humour helps one understand another. Coughmann falls in love with Jo. The power of their love overcomes every reboot. In grand pictures, Abrantes tells of this love. Life’s great questions cannot be discussed without humour, he quotes Ludwig Wittgenstein and in Os Humores Artificiais, merges thoughts on anthropology, the indigenous community’s way of life and the idiosyncrasies of artificial intelligence.
by Gabriel Abrantes
with Margarida Lucas, Amanda Rodarte, Gilda Nomacce, Ivo Müller
Portugal 2016 Portuguese 30’ Colour


  • Margarida Lucas (Voice of Andy Coughman )
  • Amanda Rodarte (Jo Yawalapiti)
  • Gilda Nomacce (Claude Laroque)
  • Ivo Müller (Hans)


Written and Directed by Gabriel Abrantes
Cinematography Jorge Quintela
Sound Design Carlos Abreu
Producer Gabriel Abrantes
Co-Production Fundação de Serralves Porto, Portugal
Bienal de São Paulo São Paulo, Brasilien
Colección Inelcom Madrid, Spanien
ICA - Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual Lissabon

Produced by

Herma Films

Gabriel Abrantes

Born in North Carolina, USA in 1984, he currently lives and works in Lisbon. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. Two of his numerous short films have already screened in Berlinale Shorts. His films explore historical, social and political themes through an investigation of post-colonial, gender and identity questions.


2006 The Razor Thin Definition of Punk · Anarchist King · Dear God Please Save me · Olympia I & II; Co-Director: Katie Widloski 2008 Obama For President · Gugg 'n' Tate · Arabic Hare · Visionary Iraq; Co-Director: Benjamin Crotty 2009 Too Many Daddies, Mommies and Babies 2010 A History of Mutual Respect; Co-Director: Daniel Schmidt 2011 Liberdade · Baby Back Costa Rica · Fratelli; Co-Director: Alexandre Melo · Palácios de Pena; Co-Director: Daniel Schmidt 2012 Ornithes 2013 Ennui Ennui 2014 Taprobana; Berlinale Shorts 2015 Freud und Friends; Berlinale Shorts · The Hunchback; Co-Director: Ben Rivers 2016 A Brief History of Princess X 2017 Os Humores Artificiais (The Artificial Humors)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017