The Gravedigger

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    The Gravedigger

    O Coveiro

    Directed by

    Portugal

    2012

    14 min

    • Portuguese

    Animation

    Inspired by popular cult, O COVEIRO is part light part darkness, a bedtime story and almost a nightmare. A child is born and his parents die of fright just to see him. André Gil Mata revisits the traditional Portuguese tale, in a fantastic movie where heads bounce, but you hear a song.

    Awards

    • Best Animated Film - Caminhos do Cinema Português

    Credits

    Cast
    Adelaide Teixeira
    Adolfo Luxúria Canibal
    André Gil Mata
    Carlos Monteiro
    David Almeida
    Miguel Cardoso
    Paula Guedes
    Valdemar Santos
    Screenplay
    André Gil Mata
    Cinematography
    Jorge Quitela
    Paulo Abreu
    Editing
    Karen Akerman
    Sales
    AGENCIA - PORTUGUESE SHORT FILM AGENCY
    Production
    BANDO À PARTE
    André Gil Mata

    André Gil Mata

    Portugal

    I believe that the faster our daily life goes nowadays, probably the only way to find our inner time is inside a cinema, because film has that possibility of shaping time, and maybe these places can be our cathedrals, where we can be with ourselves, question ourselves, our behaviour, and think about our true existence.

    André Gil Mata was born in 1978. Gil Mata obtained his master degree in film direction in 2012, at Lisbon Theatre and Film School and finished his PhD at Film Factory (Sarajevo) in 2016. He is one of the founders of the Portuguese photography and cinema laboratory Átomo 47. His short-film, GRAVEDIGGER, won the Mèlies d'Argent and CAPTIVITY, his first feature-length documentary won the DocAlliance Award at Cannes, in 2013. His latest film, THE TREE, premiered in Forum Berlinale.

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