Rare Bird

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    Rare Bird

    Ave Rara

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2019

    36 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama

    A hunter crosses the woods followed by his loyal dog. The shots break the silence giving an account of the birds that are killed. At a certain point the hunter hears strange noises and traces them to a clearing: he spots in the distance two white figures, that may be ghosts, or perhaps two people playing, or even two angels. In any case, the hunter shoots and doesn't miss, hitting one of the figures. From here on a mysterious film unravels, made of silences, frowned faces, and shifty eyes, in a journey across the border between the oneiric and reality, which we cannot actually pinpoint. Later, when the hunter crosses the village, he's perceived as an apparition, as if he himself were a ghost.

    Awards

    • Best Film of the Portuguese Competition - Curtas Vila do Conde

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gustavo Sumpta
    Andreia Marinho
    Leonor Lopes
    Screenplay
    Vasco Saltão
    Cinematography
    Vasco Viana
    Editing
    Francisco Moreira
    Leonor Noivo
    Production
    TERRATREME FILMES
    Sales
    AGENCIA - PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM AGENCY
    Vasco Saltão

    Vasco Saltão

    Portugal

    Vasco Saltão was born in Lisbon in 1979, where he graduated from the School of Theatre and Cinema. He has been working professionally in Cinema since 2002, on Script and Image, having worked with directors such as Leonor Noivo, Pedro Pinho, João Salaviza, Carlos Conceição, Filipa Reis e João Miller Guerra, among others. RARE BIRD (2019) is his directorial debut.