A ten year-old boy faces up to the struggles of life in a summer camp. It’s not easy to be ignored by the girl of his heart or seeing his dormitory vandalised by adolescent thugs.
Fortunately, in the forest, the wild haggis insists on remaining out of sight.

Director's Bio-filmography

João Nicolau was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and therefore has never understood (nor will he ever) a thing about the Middle East.
He works as a film director, film editor, actor and musician.
He has directed the features The Sword and the Rose (2010) and John From (2015) and the short films Bird of Prey (2006), Song of Love and Health (2009), The Gift of Tears (2012) and Wild Haggis (2013).
His films are regularly shown in the most prestigious film festivals: Cannes, Venice, Locarno, São Paulo, Belfort, Vienna, Busan, Buenos Aires, Sevilla, Vila do Conde, Angers, Milan, Montreal, Mar del Plata, Belo Horizonte, Valdivia, Rome, Sarajevo, among others.

JOHN FROM [2015] WILD HAGGIS [2013] THE GIFT OF TEARS (commisioned by Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture) [2012] THE SWORD AND THE ROSE [2010] SONG OF LOVE AND HEALTH [2009] BIRD OF PREY [2006] YOU CAN´T LIVE WITH YOUR MOUTH SHUT [1999]

Director's note

The wild haggis are mythical beings that exist in the shifting terrain situated between childhood, ingenuity and popular superstition. They are, if we like, a collective exponentiation of imagination. Not being an expert, I suspect cinema is practically the same.


PORTUGAL: OCTOBER 17, 2013 Programme “O Som e a Fúria presents 4 Shorts”

Festivals & Awards

Director’s Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival Illy Award for Best Short Film [France, 2013]
21º Curtas Vila do Conde [Portugal, 2013]: Honorable Mention (M/9) Curtinhas Competition
Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife: Best Cinematography [Brazil, 2013]
Cinemed: Grand prix du court métrage [France, 2013]
Festival Luso Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira [Portugal, 2013]: Film Society Award
Festival Ibérico de Cinema de Badajoz [Spain, 2014] Melhor Música Original
Sarajevo International Film Festival [Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013]
Milano Film Festival [Italy, 2013]
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival [Brazil, 2013]

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written and directed João Nicolau cinematography Mário Castanheira sound Vasco Pimentel 1st assistant director Bruno Lourenço continuity Telmo Churro art direction Bruno Duarte wardrobe Lucha d’Orey editor Telmo Churro, João Nicolau sound editor and mix Miguel Martins music diector Mariana Ricardo production manager Joaquim Carvalho producers Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar co-producer Justin Taurand

35MM + DCP | 1:1.66 | DOLBY SRD | 20’



  • With the support of ICA ICA
  • With the aid short movie of the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis in partnership with Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animé Conseil Général de la Seine-Saint Denis Conseil Général de la Seine-Saint Denis
  • and the participaction RTP RTP
  • With the support PT PT