Scene from the film The Hissing of Summer Sands
Scene from the film The Hissing of Summer Sands
Scene from the film The Hissing of Summer Sands
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The Hissing of Summer Sands

  • Portugal
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“The whistle man” was a typical character of the Portuguese sea-side during the Fascist Portugal. His story has so many versions that he has become a myth: A poor crazy man who lost his baby girl, a professional homeless who lived from the charity of rich families, a pedofile or a summer father Christmas. His whistle announced his arrival and attracted boys and girls or made them run away. Last year I found 30 seconds of footage of this man which until then was just a memory. Is he more real now?

“O Homem do apito” era um personagem que vagueava as praias portuguesas durante o Estado Novo, e que vivia da caridade dos banhistas. De barbas brancas e fato preto ou branco atraía crianças com o seu apito ao pescoço e contava-lhes histórias. A partir de vários filmes de família construí um retrato ficcional deste personagem misterioso e através dele quis explorar o espaço sensorial da praia. (Catarina Mourão)

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  • Original Title
    O Mar Enrola Na Areia
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Catarina Mourão
  • Cinematography
    Paulo Menezes
  • Editing
    Pedro Mateus Duarte
  • Music
    Joana Gama, Luís Fernandes, Ricardo Jacinto, Bruno Pernadas
  • Sound
    Armanda Carvalho, Tiago Matos
  • Runtime
    16 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Black & White
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel 2019
    • É tudo Verdade – International Documentary Film Festival Brazil
    • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
    • IndieLisboa International Film Festival
    • Porto Femme Film Festival
    • Curtas Vila do Conde [Portugal]
    • Moscow International Experimental Film Festival
    • MDOC - Festival Internacional de Documentário de Melgaço
    • Santacurtas
    • Kinoforum - Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
    • International Forum of TV and Cinema [Russia]
    • Fins-de-Semana no Cinema Monumental [Portugal]
    • CineBH – BH International Film Festival [Brazil]
    • IndieCork Festival [Ireland]
    • Family Film Project [Portugal]
    • Bogotá International Documentary film Festival
    • Panorama Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]
  • Awards
    • IndieLisboa International Film Festival (National Competition Jury's Special Mention)
    • Family Film Project (Short Film Special Mention) [Portugal] 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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