Dogs Barking at Birds

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    Dogs Barking at Birds

    Cães que Ladram aos Pássaros

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    20 min

    • Portuguese


    School is over and there's a hustle in the air. In Porto, tourists fill up the streets and cafés. The old and decadent are now the highlights of the city’s gentrification. Vicente moves around town on his bike and watches the urban changes happening day to day. The town is no longer the same, the world is changing and so is he. Among his family and friends, Vicente lives with anticipation the first days of summer and the beginning of a new life.


    • Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Short Film Awards 2019 - Venice IFF



    Vincente Gil
    Salvador Gil
    Maria Gil
    Mariana Gil
    António Gil
    Família Gil
    Leonor Teles
    Francisco Mira Godinho
    Leonor Teles
    Leonor Teles

    Director's Statement

    The story told here came up when I met the Gil family. They really were evicted from their home (this is where documentary takes form). They had less than a month to find a new place to live. The sheer violence of such situation can devastate a family or anyone: the precipice of even just the thought that without a roof over our heads, the sky will collapse. Suddenly they were faced with having to leave their space, the streets they knew like the palm of their hands, the urban choreographies that were inscribed in their bodies. The map of all the places they inhabited disappears. Everything crumbles. They are forced to leave their home not by choice, not by a decision the family consciously made together but by relentless external pressure. In this film I tried to give a voice to the people under such brutality. What happens to the families that get a short-notice eviction order? What is the real impact of this in the lives of the people that lived in Porto, before it became a fashionable playground for tourism? All of this was happening while we were there, brainstorming ideas for the film. It became clear to me that this was the story that needed to be told. We’ve lived it all: summer and its promising uncertainty, searching for a new home, the lives of five people forcibly put on hold. This is a film about the now. More than political, it’s an emotional one… and it doesn’t ever seem to be finished because the ongoing nature of the gentrification process makes it a never ending story. Through Vicente’s eyes we witness a family portrait that speaks of many others. Through the act of filming others we speak about ourselves. Because for me, cinema must always be personal and intimate.

    Leonor Teles

    Leonor Teles


    Born in Vila Franca de Xira on the outskirts of Lisbon (1992), Leonor Teles graduated from the National Theatre and Film School (2013) and has a master’s degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia (2015). In 2016, BATRACHIAN'S BALLAD wins the Golden Bear at Berlinale Shorts the Firebird Award in Hong Kong IFF and Best Short in Curtas de Belo Horizonte. In 2018, her first documentary feature TERRA FRANCA wins the Prix International de la SCAM at Cinéma du Réel, Prix de La Ville d’Amiens at Festival d’Amiens, Mejor Opera Prima Internacional at Mar del Plata and Best Documentary at Malaga IFF. The short film DOGS BARKING AT BIRDS had its world premiere in Venice Orizzonti Competition 2019 and marks her debut in fiction film.

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