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When six-year-old Frederico finds out at school that people die when their hearts stop beating, he is unable to sleep that night. The next day, his mother asks the teacher once again: Must children always be told the truth? Always? In great, colourful tableaux, Diogo Costa Amarante illustrates the emotional world of Frederico and his mother. The framing of the pictures recalls the attention to detail present in paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Amarante’s eclectic narrative refers to his own subjective attitude towards narrative itself: “Words don't come easy, to me, how can I find a way, to make you see, I love you”.

Diogo Costa Amarante

Portugal 2016


19’ · Colour


Mara Costa Amarante (Mara)
Frederico Costa Amarante (Frederico)


Written and directed by
Diogo Costa Amarante
Diogo Costa Amarante
Miguel Dias, Diogo Costa Amarante


Diogo Costa Amarante

Born in Porto, Portugal in 1982, he graduated in law before making his directing debut with the short documentary Jumate/Jumate which screened at numerous international festivals and won several awards. In 2009 he participated in the Berlinale Talents. His film As Rosas Brancas (The White Roses) screened in the 2014 Berlinale Shorts programme. A Fulbright scholar, he recently completed a film degree at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and received funding to develop his first feature script, Migrar pelas Sombras.


2007 Jumate / Jumate; documentary 2009 In January, Perhaps; documentary · We have legs / Time flies; documentary 2011 Down here; short film 2013 As Rosas Brancas (The White Roses); Berlinale Shorts

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Diogo Costa Amarante

Curtas Metragens CRL

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Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency