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Mountain

Fall Grant 2013 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

João Salaviza / Feature Narrative / Portugal, France, Qatar / 2015 / 92 min / Original Language: Portuguese / Interests: Drama, Social Issues

Synopsis

Day breaks on the eighth floor in a suburban neighbourhood of Lisbon and 14-year-old David’s grandfather is still in hospital. David’s mother lives abroad with his younger half-sister, but she is staying for a few days. For David, it is a difficult reunion. The imminence of his grandfather’s death and the void it will create force David to become the man of the house.

Credits

Director
João Salaviza
Screenwriter
João Salaviza
Producer
Maria João Mayer, Francois D'Artemare

About the Director

João Salaviza was born in Lisbon in 1984. He graduated in Cinema from the National Film and Theatre Academy in Lisbon and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. 'Mountain' is his feature-length debut. It comes on the heels of a trilogy of award-winning short films: 'Rafa' (2012), which took the Golden Bear at the Berlinale; 'Cerro Negro' (2012), which was selected for the festival in Rotterdam; and 'Arena' (2009), which won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the Festival de Cannes. In 2012, the Centre Pompidou presented four of his films in a retrospective programme.

Production Company Profile

Established by Maria João Mayer and François d’Artemare, both of whom individually have solid experience in Portugal and France, Filmes do Tejo is an active production company that has been internationally recognised for having discovered numerous Portuguese talents, including João Salaviza, whose short ‘Rafa’ won a Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale. They seek to provide renowned directors (examples include Flora Gomes, Margarida Cardoso and Gabriel Abrantes) the opportunity to continue their work in complete freedom.

Les Films de l’Après-Midi has produced and co-produced films from all over the world. Their work spans Bosnia (‘Snow’ by Aida Begic – Critic’s week Grand Prix Award, Cannes 2008, ‘Children of Sarajevo’ – Mention of the Jury Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012), Angola (‘The Hero’ by Zeze Gamboa – World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at Sundance 2005), Portugal (‘Montanha’ by João Salaviza – Venice 2015, ‘Saint George’ by Marco Martins – Venice 2016), Romania (‘one Floor Below’ by Radu Muntean – Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2015, ‘Alice T’. – Locarno 2018), Bangladesh (‘Made in Bangladesh’ by Rubaiyat Hossain – TIFF 2019), and Tunisia (‘Noura’s Dream’ by Hinde Boujemaa – TIFF 2019). The company now develops the feature films of Marco Martins, Angela Schanelec, Laurent Herbiet, Diana Saqueb Jamal, Mohamed Siam, and Meriem Mesraoua, among others.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

Venice International Film Critics' Week 2015 (WP)
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015
São Paulo International Film Festival 2015, New Directors
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016
FilmFest Munchen 2016
BAFICI 2016
European Film Fes

Contacts

  • Director

    João Salaviza

    Company: 
    Filmes do Tejo
    Email: 
    jsalaviza@gmail.com

  • Main Contact

    Lucero Garzon

    Company: 
    Pyramide International
    Phone: 
    + 33 142 960 220
    Email: 
    lgarzon@pyramidefilms.com

  • Main Contact

    Fátima Correia

    Company: 
    Filmes do Tejo II Multimédia Lda
    Phone: 
    +35 121 323 4400
    Email: 
    filmesdotejo@filmesdotejo.pt

  • Main Contact

    Maria João Mayer

    Company: 
    Maria & Mayer
    Phone: 
    +351213234400
    Email: 
    mayermariajoao@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Filmes do Tejo II Multimédia Lda

    Phone: 
    +351 213 234 400
    Email: 
    filmesdotejo@filmesdotejo.pt

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