My Grandmother Trelotótó

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    My Grandmother Trelotótó

    A Minha Avó Trelototó

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2018

    174 min

    • Portuguese

    Documentary

    «My grandmother had a strength and a love for life so great that led me to believe that some of us are able to escape death and become immortal.» Ruivo’s film is made of many different times and records about a sweet ghost that has left.

    Awards

    • Allianz Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film, Special Mention (Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film) - IndieLisboa

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Rita Durão
    Júlio Ruivo
    Ausenda Vital
    José Coelho
    Graça Bastos
    Screenplay
    Catarina Ruivo
    Cinematography
    João Ribeiro
    Catarina Ruivo
    Irmã Lúcia
    Editing
    Catarina Ruivo

    Director's Statement

    When my grandmother died I wanted to save her, and filming her seemed to me to be the only solution. My starting point was the belief that cinema creates an illusion of reality so strong that, by filming the absence of a body and making visible the space it had occupied, I would be able not only to show the sorrow of that absence, but also to create a physical being, to bring a ghost back to life.

    Production
    TRABALHOS DE CASE
    Sales
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    Catarina Ruivo

    Catarina Ruivo

    Portugal

    Born in 1971 in Coimbra, Portugal, catarina_ruivo studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School in 1995/1996, where she specialised in editing. Her first venture into filmmaking as a director was with the short A KIND OF BLUE (1998), which was selected for the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. In 2004 she made her first feature film, ANDRE VALENTE. The film was premiered at the Locarno Festival, where it won the FICC/IFFS’s Don Quixote award, before going on to win a number of prizes at other festivals. Her second feature film was co-produced by the French television channel Arte. MY GRANDMOTHER TRELOTÓTÓ (2019) is her fourth feature film: it is listed in National Competion at the 2019 edition of the IndieLisboa Festival.