Whale Beards

Mariana Bártolo

IndieLisboa 2021 •

Portugal, Documentary, 2020, 11′

The repository for the myths and memories of a village on the Atlantic coast. The stories appear as if the oral tradition were the only narrative that remains, bringing to the present ancient and almost lost traditions.

A film about the land that looks like a dream awakening memories inscribed in time. A voice tells us the experience of a search in the landscape that is surveyed and traversed, while the camera 'walks' across the ground. A sensory film that awakens old beliefs where a (magic) wand acts alone... Sensory acuity rises, the body vibrates in another landscape-body that is felt in the film. Where is the water under your feet? (Carlota Gonçalves)

Director's Bio

Mariana Bártolo (1987, Porto) is a filmmaker, performer and media artist. She studied dance in Lisbon until 2009 and completed her studies at the KHM – Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2020. She directed the short films Meek (2021), Whale Beards (2021), Interior (2017) and The Factory (2012).