In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their children. LISTEN portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against the law to keep their family together.
- SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE - Venice IFF
- Lúcia Moniz
- Ruben Garcia
- Maisie Sly
- Ana Rocha de Sousa
- Paula Vaccaro
- Aaron Brookner
- Hatti Beanland
- MAGNOLIA PICTURES
- PINBALL LONDON
- BANDO À PARTE
A film from a courageous filmmaker that won’t leave anybody the same. And it shouldn’t.
Follows in the footsteps of films like Ken Loach’s Ladybird, Ladybird.
Director Rocha de Sousa takes her viewpoint to mitigate the harsh social realism and show a more poetic vision of the world.
Moniz is impressive in the lead
A [...] relentless social film.
At a certain point in my life, I absolutely understood that my goal as a filmmaker is to combine and embrace contrast.
Ana emerged as a filmmaker after a successful career as an actor in Portugal. In 2007 she completed a Fine Arts Degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, where she developed her passion for the power of the visual image in photography and film. In 2010 she moved to London to further develop her skills at London Film School, where she completed her MA in Filmmaking in 2013. Her documentary LAUNDRINESS (2011) was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the International student Film Festival London 2012 and was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner. Her latest film is LISTEN (2020).