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Cidade Pequena

Small Town

Kleine Stadt

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”.

by
Diogo Costa Amarante

Portugal 2016

Portuguese

19 min · Colour

With

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

Crew

Written and directed by
Diogo Costa Amarante
Director of Photography
Diogo Costa Amarante
Producers
Miguel Dias, Diogo Costa Amarante

Biography

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.

Filmography

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

Produced by

Diogo Costa Amarante
Lissabon, Portugal

Curtas Metragens CRL
Vila do Conde, Portugal
+35 125 2646683

www.curtas.pt/

World sales

Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency
Vila do Conde, Portugal
+35 125 2646683

www.curtas.pt/agencia

Dates

Berlinale Shorts II: The shining stars

Kometen; Miss Holocaust; Cidade Pequena; Le film de l'été

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Award Winners Berlinale Shorts

Centauro; Ensueño en la Pradera; Street of Death; Cidade Pequena; Os Humores Artificiais

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