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Remains of the Wind

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A film by Tiago Guedes

Starring Albano Jerónimo, Nuno Lopes, João Pedro Vaz, Isabel Abreu, Gonçalo Waddington

In a village in northern Portugal, a rite of passage inherited from a pagan tradition leaves irreversible scars on young Laureano, who is beaten by three other teenagers. 25 years later, Laureano is still living on the outskirts of the village, on the fringe of the community and surrounded by stray dogs. The aggressors, now men, meet one night to celebrate the village festival. As night falls, an event brings the past to the surface and tragedy sets in.

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Cast

Albano Jerónimo - Laureano

Nuno Lopes - Samuel
Isabel Abreu - Judite

João Pedro Vaz - Paulo
Gonçalo Waddington - Vítor
Leonor Vasconcelos - Salomé

with the special participation of Maria João Pinho

Crew

Director Tiago Guedes
Screenplay Tiago Rodrigues and Tiago Guedes
DOP Mark Bliss ACK
Editor Marcos Castiel BFE
Art director Isabel Branco
Costumes Isabel Carmona
Sound engineer Pierre Tucat
Sound editing and mix Pedro Góis

Producer Paulo Branco

Delegate producer Mariana Marta Branco
Executive producer Ana Pinhão Moura


A Leopardo Filmes
and Alfama Films Production


production in co-production with
ARTE France Cinéma
Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

and APM Produções


with the financial participation of
Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual
Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e ao Cinema
ARTE France and CMTV


with the support of
Câmara Municipal de Penamacor
and Junta de Freguesia de Meimão

Tiago Guedes, director and co-writer

Tiago Guedes is a Portuguese director, born in Porto in 1971. He graduated in directing at the New York Film Academy, and has developed several projects for television, theatre and cinema. 


Theatre is another discipline that marks Tiago Guedes' professional career. He has directed plays by Peter Handke, Dennis Kelly, David Harrower and Martin McDonagh, among others.

Tiago Rodrigues, co-writer

Actor, director, playwright and scriptwriter (for film and television). He is the new director of the Avignon Festival, the first non-French national appointed to this position. He has created more than 30 plays, performed in about 20 countries.


He collaborates with Tiago Guedes on the films Tristeza e Alegria na Vida das Girafas (2019), based on one of his creations brought to the stage a few years earlier, and Remains of the Wind (2022).

  • Cannes Film Festival

    Official Selection — Special screenings

  • Ourense Film Festival 2022

    Best Film

  • Lucca Film Festival 2022

    Best Film - Press Jury

  • São Paulo International Film Festival 2022

    Official Selection

Tiago Guedes

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

I have always wondered about the reasons behind violence amongst people. Today more than ever, this question remains one without any possible or tangible answers. We live in a society that advances in time but does not evolve, it eats itself, forever more detached from nature, producing in excess with only profit in mind. A society that forgets those that for one reason or another stay behind, those that cannot keep up, or choose not to.

This film is born from the need to reflect upon the violence exerted by the strongest upon the weakest, this illusion of power that swarms us in all aspects of society. It seeks to examine the loss of innocence, where it occurs and for what reasons.


And perhaps the biggest goal was to reflect upon fear. On how it conditions us, how it transforms us and thwarts reality.


The background setting of this film is the confrontation between the fundamental nobleness of human beings and that which we call human malice, often born from fear and ignorance of anything that is different or strange. An ancestral confrontation that society camouflages, hides, and does not have the knowledge or culture necessary to be able to eradicate it.


From there was born the need to reflect on the rites of passage (here represented through a semi-pagan ancestral tradition), almost always connected to violent and misogynistic manifestations that try to in some form symbolize that extreme “separation” where a social status is abandoned so as to acquire another.


The need to belong to a group, the desire to be accepted by those we deem strongest, as well as the desire and need to humiliate the weakest, are unfortunately traits which are still too current, and certain traditions, not only from old rituals, appear to want to legitimize the way in which groups exert their power and violence upon others. See all kinds of hazing practices, for instance, which exist in so many forms.


A community that hides the crimes of its past, that does not examine them and does not redeem itself, will be incapable of preventing future violence. It will live forever haunted. It is the shadow that arrives before the body. It is the anticipation of what might happen. A fear that changes perceptions and makes the world see through its distorted lens. A fear of anything that is different and unknown, a fear that leads to the violence and injustice which define our world. There are no morals, because there is no space for them. There is only tragedy. And fear.

News about Remains of the Wind

Paulo Branco: "French cinema has become a self-destructive monster"

In an interview for AFP, Paulo Branco believes that even if French cinema benefits from one of the most efficient financing methods in the world, it is now threatened by a lack of ambition. 

Traces and The Child honored at the 2022 São Paulo Film Festival

The film by Tiago Guedes and the one by Marguerite de Hillerin and Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois were presented at the 46th edition of the São Paulo International Film Festival

Lucca Film Festival 2022 rewards Remains Of The Wind by Tiago Guedes

Tiago Guedes' Remains Of The Wind awarded Best Film by the Press Jury at Lucca Film Festival 2022

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