by Telmo Churro
Country: Portugal
Year: 2023
Duration: 123'

Tiago, a tour guide, has had his heart broken, and, in his cuckolded desperation, he leads Karen, a grieving Brazilian woman approaching old age, around a Lisbon of strange suicidal heroes. Tiago lives with his father, Raul, an old sailor haunted by historical defeats, and with his son, Manuel, a teenager who, living in a bubble, dreams with the preparation of a solitary, but erotic, trip to the cosmos. Karen is almost a specter between these three generations of men and has for a confidant a letterbox, in which she posts letters to her late husband, tales from a happy past life. Raul goes along with his son Tiago’s reveries and together they take Karen through dreams, lost glories, and catastrophes to meet a fallen hero who disappeared many centuries ago on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean.


film director

Telmo Churro

(Lisbon, Portugal, 1977) studied Cinema at Escola Superior Artística do Porto and editing at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. He was the screenwriter and editor of Our Beloved Month of August (2008) and the Arabian Nights Trilogy (2015), both by Miguel Gomes. He was also editor of Portuguese documentaries such as Rio Corgo (2015), by Sérgio Da Costa and Maya Kosa, Eldorado XXI (2016), by Salomé Lamas, and Viveiro (2019), by Pedro Filipe Marques. He made his directorial debut in 2013 with the short film Rex Inutilis, selected at TFF. India is his first feature.


Rei Inútil (Rex Inutilis, cm, 2013), Índia (2023).


film director

“This project arises from my desire to return to a city that perhaps no longer exists, or is in the process of disappearing. It is a city inhabited by memories, dreams and adventures. It has a mythical dimension, which intersects with the events that have shaped it until today. The families that live in this city live with their dead and with their memory.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Telmo Churro. SCREENPLAY: Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mário Castanheira. EDITING: Pedro Filipe Marques, Telmo Churro. SOUND: Miguel Martins. CAST: Pedro Inês, Denise Fraga, José Manuel Mendes, João Carvalho, Maria João Pinho, Lídia Franco, Teresa Madruga, Maria Emília Correia. PRODUCERS: Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano. PRODUCTION: O Som e a Fúria. 

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