Alva

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    Alva

    Directed by

    Portugal, France, Argentina

    2019

    98 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    Henrique is a terse Portuguese smallholder who lives out in the hills, far from civilisation. We realise something is wrong in his life when occasional passers-by ask if there is any news about his daughters. The next day, he drives to a nearby village, follows someone and does something terrible. He then flees back to the hills. The almost entirely dialogue-free second half of the film focuses on Henrique as he hides out. We occasionally hear voices, or a helicopter swoops overhead. In the end, he returns to the village.
    Ico Costa explicitly uses an elliptic narrative structure, to allow viewers to form a man from the clay he puts in front of them. Who is Henrique? Can his deed be understood? Is he telling the truth when he says he didn’t want to hurt anyone? In the meantime, almost incidentally, the stunning beauty of the landscape passes by. Henrique washes himself in the waters of a river – a river called Alva.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Henrique Bonacho
    Pedro Figueiredo
    Luis Anteiro
    Ana Mota
    Screenplay
    Ico Costa
    Cinematography
    Hugo Azevedo
    Editing
    Francisco Moreira
    Ana Godoy
    Production
    TERRATREME FILMES

    Press

    If maybe crime and its coldness is something that permeates the film, Costa bets for an exercise of non-expressiveness in how he portrays his lead character.

    Aldo Padilla, Desistfilm

    Ico  Costa

    Ico Costa

    Portugal

    Ico Costa (1983, Portugal) studied at the Portuguese National Film School in Lisbon and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. In 2011, he was admitted to do post-graduate studies and research at Le Fresnoy research centre in France. He has directed several short films and his work has been shown at many film festivals, including Cannes, Locarno and Rome. His feature debut ALVA (2019) will have its world premiere in Rotterdam.

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