23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

23 MAY — 02 JUNE 2024

Astrakan 79

Catarina Mourão

Portugal
Fiction, 2023, 64'

Astrakhan is the Russian city, 1979 the year remembered. A year and a half and a journey covering many kilometers, from Moscow to the Caspian Sea, to Azerbaijan. The beginning of the voyage is the search for a haven. Martim’s parents, who was 15 years old then, are militants of the Communist Party and see the Soviet Union as an ideal to aspire to. At the age of 57, Martim recalls his clandestine life, the studies and passions left behind and the ideal lost to time.

A hybrid coming of age around the story of Martim who at the age of 15, in 1979, a few years after the carnation revolution in Portugal, goes to Astrakhan in Russia to do formal studies in the fishing métier. Personal history mixed with socio-political History, the communist ideal and soviet union reality, past taboos resonate in the present and an intergenerational chain of understatements and omissions is finally brought gently to the front in a frank conversation between father and son. The proposal sets off from supposed postcards the young teenager wrote his parents, recreates the travel and stay there through archive material and segments of poetic reenactment… until we meet him again back in present time opening up to his son about this adventure and how it impacted him and the family. It’s in this act of sharing that we hear the echo of the unspoken through generations. (Susana Santos Rodrigues)

National Competition

SCREENINGS

April 28, Friday, 19:00 (64')

Cinema São Jorge, Room Manoel de Oliveira • C.150

INFO

PREMIERE TYPE
National
ORIGINAL TITLE
Astrakan 79
LANGUAGE
Russian / Português
SUBTITLES
Portuguese / English
SCRIPT
Catarina Mourão
CAST
Mateus M Santa Rita, Masari, Martim Santa Rita
PHOTOGRAPHY
Paulo Menezes
SOUND
Armanda Carvalho, Hugo Leitão
EDITING
Pedro Mateus Duarte
PRODUCER
Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, João Matos, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha, Catarina Mourão, Catarina Alves Costa
PRODUCTION
Laranja Azul, Terratreme Filmes

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