Scene from the film High Cities Of Bone
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High Cities Of Bone

  • Portugal

Karlon, born in Pedreira dos Húngaros (a slum in the outskirts of Lisbon) and a pioneer of Cape Verdean creole rap, runs away from the housing project to which he had been relocated. Nights of vigil are spent under a sweltering tropical heat. Among the sugarcanes, a whisper is heard. Karlon hasn't stopped singing. High Cities of Bone is a probing and imaginative exploration of Karlon's memories, the institutional siege, and the submerged stories from a dark time.


  • Original Title
    Altas Cidades De Ossadas
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Renée Nader Messora, Carlos Furtado Gomes "Karlon", João Salaviza
  • Cast
  • Cinematography
    Vasco Viana
  • Editing
    Edgar Feldman, João Salaviza
  • Music
  • Sound
    Rafael Cardoso
  • Runtime
    19 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale
    • Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Serbia
    • NexT International Film Festival, Romania
    • LIMA Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine, Peru
    • Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival, Brazil
    • Experimental Film Festival, Indonesia
    • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, United Kingdom
    • Chicago International Film Festival, USA
    • International Independent Film Festival of La Plata, Argentina
    • DocLisboa - Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival, Portugal
    • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
    • International Film Festival Bratislava, Slovakia
    • International Festival of Documentary and Short Films of Bilbao, Spain
    • Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival, Nepal
    • Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey
    • Festival Primavera do Cine, Spain
    • Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia
  • Awards
    • Best Short Film / Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquin, Argentina
    • Jury Award / Slow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom
    • Best Fiction Award / FIKE International Short Film Festival, 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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