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    63 min

    • Portuguese


    Vision du Réel

    To be captive is to be confined, both in space and in time. The captive one is not only and necessarily a prisoner, but becomes an inherent part of that space, his identity being continually projected on it. The captivity space itself is in turn not inert; it is rather characterized by whomever it contains, it is shaped by that experience.

    Alzira was born, raised and lived her entire 91 years of life in the same house, in the city of São João da Madeira, in the north of Portugal. Her life experiences are inseparable from the house’s walls and objects of intimacy. The film attempts to capture the relationship of mutual construction between this woman and this space, a construction performed by the time lived there. Time is what makes that house, that space, transcend its geometry and becomes the shelter of her recollections, of her memories, and of the wanderings of her mind. CAPTIVITY is thus a film about the time that belongs to memory, indelibly written within a space.


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    • C.P.L.P. for Best Feature Film - DocLisboa
    • Doc Alliance Prize for Best Film
    • New Views Award, Novi Olhar for Best Film - Curitiba IFF


    Alzira Pinho
    Irene Alves
    Julieta Teixeira
    André Gil Mata
    Tomas Baltazar
    André Gil Mata

    André Gil Mata


    I believe that the faster our daily life goes nowadays, probably the only way to find our inner time is inside a cinema, because film has that possibility of shaping time, and maybe these places can be our cathedrals, where we can be with ourselves, question ourselves, our behaviour, and think about our true existence.

    André Gil Mata was born in 1978. Gil Mata obtained his master degree in film direction in 2012, at Lisbon Theatre and Film School and finished his PhD at Film Factory (Sarajevo) in 2016. He is one of the founders of the Portuguese photography and cinema laboratory Átomo 47. His short-film, GRAVEDIGGER, won the Mèlies d'Argent and CAPTIVITY, his first feature-length documentary won the DocAlliance Award at Cannes, in 2013. His latest film, THE TREE, premiered in Forum Berlinale.

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