Campo

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    Campo

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2019

    100 min

    • Portuguese

    Documentary

    The word “campo” (field) comes from the Latin capere (to capture). “Campo de Marte” (The Field of Mars) was in the ancient times Rome’s training arena for war. At the outskirts of Lisbon, “Campo” hosts today Europe’s largest military base. In this place military troops train fictional missions, astronomy aficionados observe the stars and a boy plays the piano for the wild deer lurking in the dark. In here, I saw life manifesting itself with its contradictory and mysterious dimensions. CAMPO reflects on the nature of the mundane and the transcendental, as they reveal themselves inextricably intertwined.

    Awards

    • Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film - IndieLisboa

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Tiago Hespanha
    Cinematography
    Tiago Hespanha
    Rui Xavier
    Luisa Homem
    Cláudia Varejão
    Paulo Menezes
    João Vladimiro
    Vasco Viana
    Editing
    Francisco Moreira
    Tiago Hespanha
    Music
    Jonathan Saldanha

    Director's Statement

    I started from exploring an extreme place where war is simulated but life is real. I got close to the humans and animals inhabiting it and found excitement, obsession, curiosity but also routine and boredom. I realized then that this Campo was as real as imaginary for me. My experience in this place alluded me to the transcendence of life and the outer world. This led me to look for stories that contained signs of what we are, how we see ourselves, and how we understand the world. These are stories ranging from mythology to the conquest of space. Putting together all these elements I tried to grasp the matter and the energy that we are made of, to get close to the bodies and the breath, while contemplating on our genius and fragility, trying to understand what makes us so unique and insignificant at the same time. CAMPO is a film that points to the ephemerality, majesty and absurdity of our life on this planet.

    Production
    TERRATREME FILMES

    Press

    Fascinating, subtle and quirky, interweaving life on a military base with mythology, nature and science.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Tiago Hespanha

    Tiago Hespanha

    Portugal

    For me filmmaking is about finding the perfect balance between the concrete and the imaginary. And it all happens with your eyes open!

    Tiago Hespanha majored in architecture in 2004 and received a master’s degree in creative documentary from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University in 2012. He has been a partner at the production company Terratreme since 2008. In 2006 he participated in a workshop on documentary filmmaking held by the Ateliers Varan in Lisbon and produced by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Since then he has been working as a director in his own films and has taken on different roles in other projects. In 2009 he worked as a trainee at the Ateliers Varan in Paris. He teaches at the DOCNOMADS - European Documentary Master Course.
    Among other films, he directed INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (co-directed with Frederico Lobo), which had its world premiere at Visions du Réel in 2014; GUIDED TOUR (2009 - Audience Award at Indielisboa); THE GIFT FROM AFAR (2008 – Included in the collection "So close, So far" released in DVD by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation); GROUND GLASS I, II (2007 – First prize at Lisbon’s Microfilms Festival); SHOW HOME (2007) and QUINTA DA CURRALEIRA (2006 – Primeiro Olhar Award at Encontros de Cinema e Video de Viana do Castelo). His documentary CAMPO (2019) had its world premiere at Cinéma du réel.

    Selected Filmography