Luz de Presença

A Present Light
One rainy night, Gonçalo sets off to give his lost love one last letter. “Beware of the slippery road!” warns Diana from the street corner. In vain. An accident that is both an end and a beginning.
by Diogo Costa Amarante
with Diana Neves Silva, João Castro, Gustavo Sumpta, Luís Miguel Cintra, Fernando Soares
Portugal 2021 Portuguese 19’ Colour, 2K DCP

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Diana Neves Silva (Diana)
  • João Castro (Gonçalo)
  • Gustavo Sumpta (Diana’s Lover)
  • Luís Miguel Cintra (Owner of the Apartment)
  • Fernando Soares (Gonçalo’s Therapist)


Written and Directed byDiogo Costa Amarante
CinematographyJorge Quintela
EditingDiogo Costa Amarante
MusicPhilippe Jaroussky
Sound DesignLuís Silveira
Art DirectorSusana Azevedo
ProducerDiogo Costa Amarante

Produced by

O Verde do Jardim

World Sales

Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency

Diogo Costa Amarante

Born in Porto in 1982, the Portuguese filmmaker studied cinematography and documentary at the Catalonia Film School in Barcelona. He then completed a master’s in film production as a Fulbright Scholar at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His films The White Roses and Small Town both screened in Berlinale Shorts.


2007 Jumate / Jumate 2009 In January, Perhaps · We have legs / Time flies 2011 Down here; short film 2013 As Rosas Brancas (The White Roses); short film 2017 Cidade Pequena (Small Town); short film 2021 Luz de Presença (A Present Light); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021