Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum

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    Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum

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    28 min

    • Portuguese

    Documentary, Short

    The Theatre of the World (1570) is thought to be the world’s first modern atlas. Teatrum Orbis Terrarum may be considered a film exploration, a sensorial journey, a vertiginous history, but definitely an adventure story. “When I look at the sea for long, I lose interest on what happens on land.”


    Ana Moreira
    João Fernandes
    Cavaleiros do Mar
    Dr. Fernando Ramalho (Museu Geológico)
    Renato Cortes
    Salomé Lamas
    Mónica Lima
    Rafael Matos
    Gonçalo Soares
    Telmo Romão
    Salomé Lamas
    Montanhas Azuis c
    João Lobo

    Director's Statement

    Maps are imaginary lines projected in space, visual representations of territories that have been traversed. They create spaces for navigating, utopias and dystopias, fictions created and broken by memories. The spaces dreamed up in Theatrum Orbis Terrarum act as a map made of memories that sketch out their own territory, constructing and reconstructing borders existing on screen.

    Salomé Lamas

    Salomé Lamas


    I'm attracted by a series of things related to the ends of the earth, exiled places, margins.

    Salomé Lamas (1987, Lisbon, Portugal) studied Cinema in Lisbon and Prague, MFA in fine arts in Amsterdam, and is a Ph.D candidate in film studies in Coimbra. She has been working with time-based image and has exhibit both in art spaces and film festivals. After a couple of awarded short films, her debut film NO MAN’S LAND (2012) swept most of the domestic awards at Doc Lisboa, had its international premiere at Berlinale Forum and was later presented at MoMA Documentary Fortnight. After several shorts, including VHS - VIDEO HOME SYSTEM (2012), ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LANDSCAPE (2012) and THEATRUM, ORBIS TERRARUM (2013), her feature-length ELDORADO XXI (2016) was selected at the Berlinale Forum. Her recent essay film EXTINCTION was selected at CPH:DOX 2018.

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