Industrial Revolution
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    Industrial Revolution

    Revolução Industrial

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    72 min

    • Portuguese


    The Ave Valley is, for more than a century, a territory seized by an imposing industry. Amongst ruins and operating factories, we descend the river on a journey alongside the banks of the present, unveiling the marks of the past.



    Avelino Silva Dias
    Agostinho Vintém
    Maria Silva Sampaio
    Francisco Silva Sampaio
    Agostinho Silva Sampaio
    José Carlos Ferreira de Sousa
    Rodolfo Roriz
    Igor Leite
    Pedro Cunha
    Hugo Ribeiro
    João Oliveira
    João Duarte
    Gil Pereira
    Rafael Costa
    Frederico Lobo
    Tiago Hespanha
    Frederico Lobo
    Tiago Hespanha
    Federico Delpero Bejar

    Director's Statement

    Alongside the banks of Rio Ave, the marks of an industrialized periphery have been accumulating, for more than a century, in a region stranded between the rural past and an unknown future.
    When descending the river, a route rarely navigated, we find the present's past, a limbo where the experiences of the valley flow freely and patiently and where the traces of a domain become the mirror of the contemporary civilization.



    Poetic, quietly ambitious documentary follows the flow of history and finds both illumination and grace.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Frederico Lobo

    Frederico Lobo


    Frederico Lobo was born in Porto, Portugal in 1981. He studied Sound and Image at Universidade Católica do Porto. Since 2002, he has been working in the area of sound and image in exploring documentary cinema, cinematography and sound capture. In 2006, he attended the Ateliers Varan documentary course at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION is the first film co-director with director Tiago Hespanha.

    Tiago Hespanha

    Tiago Hespanha


    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