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Casa de lava
(Casa de lava)

by Pedro COSTA


The film comes to us like a volcano rekindling its fires. Its embers take on the red hues of hell. Yet, we know not what it awakens here on earth as, in this part of the archipelago where “even the dead find no rest”, humans seem to be plunged into a long sleep, forgotten. We touch land in the company of a stretcher, followed closely by a Portuguese nurse (Inês de Medeiros). She is taking Leão (Isaach de Bankolé), a labourer from a Lisbon building site, back to his home on Fogo Island, a former Cape Verdean colony. This immigrant worker, plunged into a coma after an accident, did not ask to return to the land to which Salazar’s repression had formerly deported political prisoners. The chasm of the volcano re-opens like a wound, suspends time in a void around which each gravitates without knowing his or her place in the world. AR

  • Titre français
    Casa de lava
  • Original title
    Casa de lava
  • Scénario
    Pedro COSTA
  • Photo
    Emmanuel MACHUEL
  • Montage
    Dominique AUVRAY
  • Son
    Henri Maïkoff
  • Musique
    Raul Andrade
  • Interprétation
    Inês de Medeiros, Isaac de Bankolé, Pedro Hestnes, Edith Scob, Christiano Andrade Alves, Raul Andrade
  • Production
    Madragoa Filmes, Gemini Films, Pandora Films
  • Décors
    Maria José Branco
  • Ventes internationales
    Cinemateca Portuguesa, Sara MOREIRA :
  • Support de projection
    35 mm

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