Scene from the film Death Of a City
Scene from the film Death Of a City
Scene from the film Death Of a City
Scene from the film Death Of a City
Scene from the film Death Of a City
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Death Of a City

  • Portugal
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In the heart of Bairro Alto, right in the centre of Lisbon, the building of an old printing workshop is demolished to make way for luxury apartments. Seeing this as a perfect image for the death of a certain Lisbon in the wake of the financial crisis and the ensuing real estate and touristic boom, the director films an urban diary portraying the daily life of the construction site and those who work there. What starts out as a work-centred film turns out to be the story of the director’s relationship with his hometown and with the people who build it.


  • Original Title
    A Morte de uma Cidade
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    João Rosas
  • Cinematography
    João Rosas
  • Editing
    Raul Domingues, João Rosas
  • Sound
    Nuno Carvalho
  • Runtime
    116 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Doclisboa - International Film Festival, Portugal 2022
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic' 2023
    • Documental y Cortometraje de Bilbao, Spain 2022
    • Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal 2022
    • FID Marseille, France 2023
    • DokuFest, Kosovo 2023
  • Awards
    • DocAlliance Award - Best Feature Documentary of 2023
    • Best Film - SPA, Portugal 2023 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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