Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival

Films

Retrospectives - JOSÉ VIEIRA

Crew:

Director: José Vieira
Screenplay: José Vieira
DOP: José Vieira
Production: Kintop, Supersonic films

L'ile des Absents

A film by José Vieira

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The return trip to a place one has left as a child is a strange one. In this road-movie spanning only fifteen-hundred kilometres, there is the suggestion of a prolonged absence, the recollection of departures from which one has not returned. It is a voyage of questions about what unites us to the country of our childhood and to those who stayed behind.
  • Cast:

    Bruno Léonelli
  • Original Title:

    L'île des Absents
  • Country:

    Portugal, France
  • Year:

    2016
  • 62'

Crew:

Director: José Vieira
Screenplay: José Vieira
DOP: José Vieira
Production: Kintop, Supersonic films

Schedule

Espaço Nimas

Conversation with José Vieira, José António Cunha and Carlos Campos
Original version, Portuguese subtitles
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Director

José Vieira

Born in Oliveira de Frades, José Vieira left for France in 1965, aged seven. Since 1985, encouraged by the political transformations that took place in Portugal and by his own involvement with immigrant solidarity groups, he has directed around thirty documentaries for France 2, France 3, Cinquème and Arte, creating a portrait of immigration in France based on his own personal experiences and the individual stories that he has come to know.

The great difficulties endured by Portuguese immigrants – life in the slums, fraudulent employers, as well as hate and discrimination – motivated José Vieira to reconstruct a collective memory and a narrative that applies to all of these immigrants, regardless of their origins, by explaining the motives which led them to leave their country and fight for a better life.
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