COLO

by Teresa Villaverde
COLO - COLO

Informations

Nation: Portugal, France

Year: 2017

Length: 136'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

A mother doubles up jobs to pay the bills since her husband is unemployed. Their teenage daughter tries to keep living her everyday life even if the money’s running short and makes everything uneasy. Escaping their common reality, they slowly become strangers to one another, as the tension grows in silence and in guilt.

Director

Teresa Villaverde

Teresa Villaverde

Teresa Villaverde (Lisbon, Portugal, 1966) began her career as an actress, cowriter and codirector at the theatre of the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She appeared as an actress in À Flor do Mar (João César Monteiro, 1986), worked as an assistant to Paulo Rocha and as a cowriter with José Álvaro Morais and João Canijo. Since the 1990s she has directed her own films including A Idade Maior which screened at the Berlinale in 1991. She made her international breakthrough in 1998 with Os Mutantes and in 2001 presented at Venice Água e Sal. In 2010 she founded her own production company Alce Filmes. With Colo, selected in competition at the Berlinale, participated in 2017 at the Torino Film Festival.

Filmography:
A Idade Maior (1991), Três Irmãos (1994), O Amor Não me Engana (cm, doc., tv, 1996), Os Mutantes (1998), Água e Sal (2001), A Favor da Claridade (doc., 2003), Visions of Europe (ep. Cold Wa(te)r, 2004), Transe (2006), Cisne (2011), Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded (2013), Ponts de Sarajevo (I ponti di Sarajevo, ep. Sara e a Sua Mãe, cm, 2014), Paris 15/16 (cm, 2016), Colo (2017), O termómetro de Galileu (doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, screenplay, producer
Teresa Villaverde
fotografia/cinematography
Acácio de Almeida
montaggio/film editing
Rodolphe Molla
scenografia/production design
Maria José Branco
costumi/costume design
Rute Correia
suono/sound
Joël Rangon, Vasco Pimentel
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
João Pedro Vaz (il padre/father) Alice Albergaria Borges (Marta), Beatriz Batarda (la madre/mother), Clara Jost (Júlia), Tomás Gomes (João), Dinis Gomes (Eel Fisher), Ricardo Aibéo (Jaime), Simone de Oliveira (Avó), Rita Blanco (Sílvia)
coproduttore/coproducer
Cécile Vacheret
coproduzione/coproduction
Sedna Films

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contatti/contacts
Portugal Film 
Filipa Henriques 
portugalfilm@indielisboa.com

Director statement

“In my country people don’t talk much about what they feel. From the outside, it’s easy to imagine us as a country full of sun and happy people, but I don’t see us quite like that. We tend to hide what is not well and what is really important to us. We are not very verbal.
That was my starting point, the loss of a job in a family of three. Since we still live in a
society where equality of gender does not exist, it interested me to imagine a family where the man is the one who loses his job.” 

Synopsis Learn more

A mother doubles up jobs to pay the bills since her husband is unemployed. Their teenage daughter tries to keep living her everyday life even if the money’s running short and makes everything uneasy. Escaping their common reality, they slowly become strangers to one another, as the tension grows in silence and in guilt.

Director All about direction

Teresa Villaverde

Teresa Villaverde

Teresa Villaverde (Lisbon, Portugal, 1966) began her career as an actress, cowriter and codirector at the theatre of the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon. She appeared as an actress in À Flor do Mar (João César Monteiro, 1986), worked as an assistant to Paulo Rocha and as a cowriter with José Álvaro Morais and João Canijo. Since the 1990s she has directed her own films including A Idade Maior which screened at the Berlinale in 1991. She made her international breakthrough in 1998 with Os Mutantes and in 2001 presented at Venice Água e Sal. In 2010 she founded her own production company Alce Filmes. With Colo, selected in competition at the Berlinale, participated in 2017 at the Torino Film Festival.

Filmography:
A Idade Maior (1991), Três Irmãos (1994), O Amor Não me Engana (cm, doc., tv, 1996), Os Mutantes (1998), Água e Sal (2001), A Favor da Claridade (doc., 2003), Visions of Europe (ep. Cold Wa(te)r, 2004), Transe (2006), Cisne (2011), Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded (2013), Ponts de Sarajevo (I ponti di Sarajevo, ep. Sara e a Sua Mãe, cm, 2014), Paris 15/16 (cm, 2016), Colo (2017), O termómetro de Galileu (doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura, produttore/director, screenplay, producer
Teresa Villaverde
fotografia/cinematography
Acácio de Almeida
montaggio/film editing
Rodolphe Molla
scenografia/production design
Maria José Branco
costumi/costume design
Rute Correia
suono/sound
Joël Rangon, Vasco Pimentel
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
João Pedro Vaz (il padre/father) Alice Albergaria Borges (Marta), Beatriz Batarda (la madre/mother), Clara Jost (Júlia), Tomás Gomes (João), Dinis Gomes (Eel Fisher), Ricardo Aibéo (Jaime), Simone de Oliveira (Avó), Rita Blanco (Sílvia)
coproduttore/coproducer
Cécile Vacheret
coproduzione/coproduction
Sedna Films

**
contatti/contacts
Portugal Film 
Filipa Henriques 
portugalfilm@indielisboa.com

Director statement Read more

“In my country people don’t talk much about what they feel. From the outside, it’s easy to imagine us as a country full of sun and happy people, but I don’t see us quite like that. We tend to hide what is not well and what is really important to us. We are not very verbal.
That was my starting point, the loss of a job in a family of three. Since we still live in a
society where equality of gender does not exist, it interested me to imagine a family where the man is the one who loses his job.”