Earth

Direction
Year 
2018
Country
  • Portugal
Runtime
61min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

When the curator of Reimagining the Land, our collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest now in its second week, encountered Hiroatsu Suzuki and Rossana Torres's Earth at a Portuguese film festival in 2018, he was blown away. Here was a work of rare precision and scale, a portrait of a community at work on the land that seemed to encompass, paradoxically through its very specificity, the entirety of the world. It was like a transmission from another planet, a whole universe in itself.

"About a spare rural community in the Alentejo region, a seemingly isolated riverside locale draped in a lingering membrane of ashen smoke, where a small group of men manufacture charcoal in vast brown ovens that protrude out of the ground like huts in the desert. Using this as a starting point, the filmmakers treat the region as a site of almost primeval energy, a spare, unforgiving landscape in which men work, and work with the encompassing quiet of a lifetime spent laboring in relative solitude." Christopher Small, Cinema Scope

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Details

  • Original Title
    Terra
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Hiroatsu Suzuki
  • Editing
    Rossana Torres, Hiroatsu Suzuki
  • Sound
    Rossana Torres
  • Runtime
    61 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Doclisboa 2018
    • New Horizons 2019
    • Doc’s Kingdom
    • Underdox 2019
    • 14.Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2019
    • Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje
  • Awards
    • Grand prize for Portuguese competition at DocLisboa 2018

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