Scene from the film Altar
Scene from the film Altar
Scene from the film Altar
Scene from the film Altar
Scene from the film Altar
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René, an actor, who has long lived withdrawn from reality after the death of his wife, Hélène. Proud in his isolation, he rarely sees anyone, yet enjoys spending hours on the phone with friends. His ghosts from a distant past haunt him. The deep restlessness of a first love remain indecipherable as before. Like Hermann Hesse's short story Juin, from which the film is freely inspired by, it is about the mysteries of memory, about the strength of its expression through the spoken word. On the strength of the word as cinematic image.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Rita Azevedo Gomes
  • Cinematography
    Acácio de Almeida, Leonardo Simões, Edmundo Díaz Sotelo
  • Sound
    José Barahona, Tiago João Silva, Michelle Chan, Nuno Carvalho
  • Runtime
    70 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Torino Film Festival, 2003 (Italy)
    • Bafici, Buenos Aires, 2014 (Argentina)
    • Festival de Cine Contemporáneo Blackcanvas, 2019 (Mexico) 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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