Between the Walls: Portuguese short films premiere together in cinemas

Published at 09 April 2024

Three Portuguese short films by Inês Teixeira, Mónica Lima and Basil da Cunha will premiere together in Portuguese cinemas on May 9th, in a session entitled "Entre Muros (Between Walls)".

The short films '2720', 'Shimmering Bodies (Corpos Cintilantes)' and 'Human Nature (Natureza Humana)' reveal three visions of characters at different stages of life who have in common the fact that they live surrounded by physical or metaphorical walls. This is an opportunity for the public to see on the big screen three of the most awarded Portuguese short films of 2023, which had a strong presence at important international film festivals and represent the best of contemporary Portuguese cinema.

The first film to be presented in this session is '2720' (2023,Portugal / Switzerland, FIC, 25′) by Basil da Cunha, a short film whose action takes place in a clandestine neighbourhood in Reboleira and which follows Camila, a 7-year-old girl who is looking for her brother, and Jysone, who after 6 years in prison and 5 weeks in freedom has found work and knows he can't be late. '2720' has already been shown at more than 20 Portuguese and international film festivals and has won 9 awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Germany), Best Swiss Film at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Best Director at the Caminhos do Cinema Português or Audience Award - International Competition and Best Portuguese Director at the Curtas de Vila do Conde – International Film Festival.

'Shimmering Bodies' (2023, Portugal, FIC, 23′), which marks Inês Teixeira's directorial debut, explores a particular moment in the life of Mariana, a 16-year-old girl played by Maria Abreu, who, when invited to spend a weekend in Leiria at her colleague Jorge's house, begins to look at him differently. After its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week, 'Shimmering Bodies' has already been shown at more than 12 international festivals and won the Best Fiction Award at Caminhos do Cinema Português.

'Human Nature' (2023, Portugal / Germany, FIC, 25′) by Mónica Lima closes this session of short films. After its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, where it won the Ammodo Tiger Short Award, and an extensive tour of more than 30 international festivals, this is the opportunity for Portuguese audiences to see on the big screen the story of a couple from Lisbon who see their plans to start a family taken over by a sense of uncertainty.

The distribution of this short film session is the responsibility of Portuguese Short Film Agency.

Alto Patrocínio


Membro fundador