The Living Also Cry
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    The Living Also Cry

    Os vivos tambem choram

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Portugal


    30 min

    • Portuguese

    Drama, Short

    Ze is a dockworker in Lisbon. He watches enviously the ships he will never board. He dreams of leaving his wife and the slum. He has been saving money in secret to travel to Sweden. But one night he gets home to discover that his wife found his savings and spent them on a new washing machine.


    • Special Mention of Illy Prize - Directors' Fortnight
    • Best Film, BPI Award & Pixel Bunker Award / Portuguese Competition & RTP2 Onda Curta Award - Curtas Vila do Conde


    José Pedro Gomes
    Dorin Dragos
    Basil Da Cunha
    Patrick Tresch
    Emilie Morier
    Basil Da Cunha
    Julien Rouyet
    Basil da Cunha

    Basil da Cunha


    If you set a romance in a slum, why is it inevitably the story of a black guy falling in love with a white girl or just the opposite?

    Swiss of portuguese origin born in 1985, Basil da Cunha joins the Cinema Department at the Geneva University of Art and Design in 2007. In 2011 and 2012, his short films SUNFISH and THE LIVING ALSO CRY are selected by the Cannes IFF Director’s Fortnight where THE LIVING ALSO CRY received a Special Mention from the Illy Jury. ATE VER A LUZ is his first feature film. O FIM DO MONDO (2019) was selected in the Concorso internazionale section at Locarno FF.

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