João lives in São Paulo. He goes through a series of encounters with people like his long-time friend Irene; his boyfriend Álvaro; Matias, a young man he meets in the subway and has a sexual experience with, among others, some acquainted, some unknown.
A journey around Lisbon’s suburbs through the lives of a handful of musicians. Different generations and backgrounds meet, Angola to São Tomé, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau represented by old-school musicians and young producers.
The relationship between a mother and her son, living on a sailboat, is disturbed by the arrival at the harbor of a group of young people, partying on the adjacent vessel. The mother realizes that her child sees in them a promise of a adolescence he never had.
Emmanuel Chanda is a Zambian gemstone miner who was the lead singer of Witch, the country’s most popular rock band of the 1970’s. In 2016, Dutch artist Jacco Gardner visited Zambia to meet, play and record material together with him.
It is not the usual documentary about an artist, in this case the filmmaker Pedro Costa, nor a synthesis of the whole of his work. Among other merits Sacavém finds an angle to speak of a major figure of contemporary cinema without resorting to the usual methods or to mimic Costa’s cinema. Júlio Alves finds a fair distance to read the work without the weight of reverence, connecting characters and recurring objects, starting from Casa de Lava to the next film, showing the continuity between the vision of the director and the world that inspires him (a singular form of realism haunted by ghosts and memories). Pedro Costa’s elusive presence in the film, is an example of a solitary and artisanal work ethic of which the films are the most eloquent demonstration. (N.S.)
In this documentary we walk through the forgotten female version of Portuguese rock music history. From the 1950’s to the present days, director Francisca Marvão collects various testimonies to shed light on the women who rock.