• Portugal
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The film was inspired by the letters exchanged between two leading Portuguese poets, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena, during the exile of the latter (1957-78).

Jorge de Sena was forced to leave Portugal due to political and other circumstances. He moved to Brazil and then to the USA, pursuing an academic career. He would never return to his home country.

The correspondence between the two poets is testimony to their quest for freedom during a period when Portugal’s fascist regime was under increasing pressure. But their letters also offer an insight into the profound affinity between two human beings. Theirs was a rare friendship that both were determined to sustain, unblemished, until death.

Through their poetry and their letters, the film builds a dialogue between longing and belonging, the “desire to fill years of distance with hours of conversation”. At the same time, it establishes correspondences with our own lives, which are fictionalized under the ties and entanglements that hold us together.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Rita Azevedo Gomes
  • Cinematography
    Acácio de Almeida, Jorge Quintela, Sébastian Buchman
  • Editing
    Rita Azevedo Gomes, Patrícia Saramago
  • Music
    Alexander Zekke
  • Sound
    Olivier Blanc, François Guillaume, Jean-Paul Mugel
  • Runtime
    145 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • C.R.I.M. Produções
      • Portugal
  • Festivals
    • Festival del Film Locarno, Switzerland 2016
    • DocLisboa International Film Festival, 2016
    • Viennale, Austria 2016
    • Cineticle Art Cinema, Russia 2016
    • Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo, Brazil 2016
    • CineBH - International Film Festival Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2016
    • SEFF - Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla, Spain 2016
    • Mostra de Cine Europeo de Lanzarote, Spain 2016
    • ZiNEBI -The International Festival of Documentary and Shortfilm of Bilbao, Spain 2016
    • Festival de Cine de Zaragoza, Spain 2016
    • Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal 2016
    • Pune Int. Film Festival, India 2017
    • FICUNAM, Mexico 2017
    • Festival Fronteira, Brasil 2017
    • BAFICI, Argentina 2017
    • D´A Film Barcelona, Spain 2017
    • Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK 2017
    • Filmfest Muenchen, Germany 2017
    • Lima Independiente, Peru 2017
    • FID Marseille, France 2017


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