Cerro Negro

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    Cerro Negro

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    22 min

    • Portuguese


    Developing from an idea of diptych, the story of Anajara and Allison is told from two perspectives in continuity. If late night work complicates the life of one of them, the incarceration in jail of the other determines a cycle of separation. Salaviza's skill to direct amateur actors is showed in this film, one of his more precise works. (Miguel Valverde)


    • Best Portuguese Short Film Director - IndieLisboa


    Ana Jara Laisa Amarante
    Allison Vinicius Silva
    Iuri Jardim Gonçalves
    João Salaviza
    Vasco Viana
    Edgar Feldman
    João Salaviza


    Powerfully acted, sober and gripping fiction in grey-blue tints by João Salaviza, who won a Golden Palm in Cannes in 2009 for his short film Arena.


    João Salaviza

    João Salaviza


    I always feel that cinema is ahead of me. It’s the films that drive me.

    Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1984, he studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His short films ARENA (Palme d’Or at Cannes), CERRO NEGRO (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and RAFA (Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlinale) screened at over 100 festivals around the world and won numerous prizes. His feature film debut MOUNTAIN premiered in the International Critics’ Week at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival. Another visit to Berlinale Shorts followed with HIGH CITIES OF BONE in 2017. His short RUSSA, premiered at Berlinale Shorts 2018. His most recent feature film THE DEAD AND THE OTHERS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora has been selected in Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2018.

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