Where I Grow Old (A cidade onde envelheço)

Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old friend she’d lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa is discovering the place where she intends to settle in, Francisca decides to go back to Lisbon. The film follows each woman’s adventures in the city and the deep bond of friendship that grows between them, forcing them to deal with conflicting desires : a will to leave for an unknown country and a relentless longing for home.

Director´s note
This film was born when I met Francisca, who at the time was striving for a new life in the city of Belo Horizonte. Since then we have been working together and she has become one of the film’s leading characters. Early on I felt attracted to the forces that clashed in her Portuguese heart, and realised that those who experience this dilemma will never be comfortable in either their homeland, or somewhere else.

World Premiere
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016, Competition

Key festivals and awards
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016
Munich International Film Festival 2016
Chicago International Film Festival 2016
Odessa International Film Festival 2016

Brazil, 2016
Director: Marilia Rocha
Producers: Anavilhana (Brazil), Terratreme (Portugal)
European WCF Partner: Terratreme (Portugal)
World sales: FiGa Films (USA)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2015
Funding amount: 30.000 €