Scene from the film The Beach
Scene from the film The Beach
Scene from the film The Beach
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The Beach

  • Portugal

In today's society we are daily invaded by images of beautiful and young bodies. Older bodies are hidden and forgotten as if they were steeped in negativity. In this film we are faced with these bodies, naked and happy, on a day-to-day of a beach in Lisbon area. After all, aren't these bodies beautiful, happy, full of life? Why do we refuse to see ourselves in those bodies, if they are ultimately the testimony of a long and rich experience? In "A Praia" (The Beach), the elderly come back to active life, they leave the places of suffering or loneliness, contempt or scorn they sadly inhabit in contemporary societies. They play, swim, run, have fun. They are back to being people like everyone else.

Na sociedade actual somos diariamente invadidos por imagens de corpos bonitos e jovens. Os corpos mais velhos são escondidos e esquecidos como se estivessem impregnados de negatividade. Neste filme somos confrontados com esses corpos, desnudos e felizes, no dia-a-dia de uma praia da região de Lisboa. Afinal, não serão estes corpos bonitos, alegres, plenos de vida? Porque recusamos rever-nos nesses corpos, se estes são afinal o testemunho de uma longa e rica vivência? Em A Praia, os idosos regressam à vida activa, abandonam os espaços de sofrimento e solidão, de desprezo e menosprezo a que se foram tristemente habitando nas sociedades contemporâneas. Divertem-se, brincam, nadam, correm. Voltam a ser gente como toda a gente.


  • Original Title
    A Praia
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pedro Neves
  • Cinematography
    Pedro Neves
  • Editing
    Pedro Neves
  • Sound
    Gustavo Bacelos
  • Runtime
    23 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Red Desert Unipessoal Lda
      • Rua do Almada 540
      • 4050-034 Porto
      • Portugal
  • Festivals
    • Cannes Short Film Corner, France, 2016
    • Doclisboa IFF (Competition), Portugal, 2016
    • Miradas Doc (Competition), Spain, 2017
    • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Competition), Greece, 2017
    • Festival de Curtas de São Paulo (International), Brazil, 2017
    • Prvi Kadar International Film Festival (Competition) Bosnia-Herzegovina 2017
    • Fest Film Festival do Audiovisual Luso Afro Brasileiro (Brasil, 2018) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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