REDEMPTION

Synopsis

On January 21st 1975, in a village in the north of Portugal, a child writes to his parents who are in Angola to tell them how sad Portugal is. On July 13th 2011, in Milan, an old man remembers his first love. On May 6th 2012, in Paris, a man tells his baby daughter that he will never be a real father. During a wedding ceremony on September 3rd 1977 in Leipzig, the bride battles against a Wagner opera that she can’t get out of her head.
But where and when have these four poor devils begun searching for redemption?

Director's Bio-filmography

Miguel Gomes, Lisbon, 1972. Studied Cinema. Film critic between 1996 and 2000. He has directed several short films. THE FACE YOU DESERVE (2004) is his first feature. OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST (2008) and TABU (2012) have confirmed his success and international projection. TABU has been sold to over 50 countries, and winning dozens of awards.
Retrospectives from Miguel’s work have been programmed at the Viennale, the BAFICI, Torino Film Festival, in Germany and the USA.
REDEMPTION is his most recent short film. Miguel is already preparing the next feature ARABIAN NIGHTS.

ARABIAN NIGHTS [2014] REDEMPTION [2013] TABU [2012] OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST [2008] CANTICLE OF ALL CREATURES [2006] THE FACE YOU DESERVE [2004] PRE-EVOLUTION SOCCER’S ONE MINUTE AFTER A GOLDEN GOAL IN THE MASTER LEAGUE [2003] KALKITOS [2002] THIRTY-ONE MEANS TROUBLE [2002] A CHRISTMAS INVENTORY [2000] MEANWHILE [1999]

Theatrical Release

PORTUGAL: NOVEMBER 28, 2013 with the documentary NO MAN’S LAND by Salomé Lamas
FRANCE: DECEMBER 4, 2013

Awards & Festivals

Venice International Film Festival – Biennale di Venezia [Italy, 2013]
Toronto IFF [Canada, 2013]
Vancouver IFF [Canada, 2013]
Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia: opening film [Chile, 2013]
New York IFF [USA, 2013]
Mostra de São Paulo [Brazil, 2013]
Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival [Austria, 2013]
Sevilla Festival de Cine – Cine Europeo y Contemporáneo [Spain, 2013]
Ciclo de Cinema Português – Galiza [Spain, 2013]
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal [Canada, 2013]

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Director's Note

Redemption is a film that resulted from my recent passing through Le Fresnoy School as a tutor. I wanted it to be intimate, almost confessional, composed exclusively of archive images, many of which are super 8 and therefore convey a unipersonal, anonymous, private dimension… And, simultaneously, I wanted it to be the very opposite of what I just stated.

Cast

With the voices of Jaime Pereira, Donatello Brida, Jean-Pierre Rehm and Maren Ade

Crew

Director Miguel Gomes Texts by Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo Editing João Nicolau, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo with the participation of the students of Le Fresnoy – Promotion Raoul Ruiz / Promotion Chris Marker Online Editor Pedro Marques Grading Nadir Mansouri Sound editor and Mix Miguel Martins Production Manager Luís Urbano, Bertrand Scalabre Junior Producer Zsuzsanna Kiràly Associate Producers Meinolf Zurhorst, ZDF/Arte, Catherine Colas, ZDF/Arte, Daniela Cattaneo Diaz, (hfilms) Co-Production ZDF/Arte Producers Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Paolo Benzi Supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH In collaboration with Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema e Istituto Luce – Cinecittà And the participation of RTP a co-production between Portugal, França, Alemanha e Itália

© O SOM E A FÚRIA – LE FRESNOYKOMPLIZEN FILMOKTA FILM, 2013 35MM | COLOUR + B&W | 1:1.33 | Dolby SRD | 27’