A man, a child, two wars, a river, a tree. A man and a child meet under a tree on a river bank, sharing the same memory and a secret. They find in each other the serenity, the silence and the time they lost in the flowing water of the river.
- Best Director in a Feature Film - IndieLisboa
- Petar Fradelić
- Filip Živanović
- Sanja Vrzić
- André Gil Mata
- João Ribeiro
- Tomás Baltazar
One of those rare films so accomplished and yet so open to interpretation that each viewer will find their own references.
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.