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A film by Tiago Guedes

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

A violent occurrence transforms a boy’s life forever. During a rite of passage – part of a pagan tradition in a small inland village –, a young teenager is brutally beaten by three other boys and ends up with irreversible brain damage. Laureano never recovered and was permanently left with the mental development of a child.


25 years go by and we realize that boy is now a nearly 40-year-old man, who has become an outcast and is treated like the “town fool”. He lives alone in a decrepit house that he inherited from his parents, and is always surrounded by stray dogs who were abandoned by hunters and now roam the fields.


It’s the Feast Day of Saint John and the village is celebrating. For the first time in many years, the three boys – now men – who beat Laureano get together to party.


During the festivities, news arrives that one of their sons was found dead at the edge of the village, having been attacked by a pack of abandoned dogs. This brutal event disturbs the community’s web of relationships. Secrets that had been buried by time are revealed, and all of the characters are thrown into the center of a spiral of conflicts that will ultimately have to be appeased with one more punishment and one more victim.

  • 2021, October, November 2021

Cast

Albano Jerónimo

Nuno Lopes
João Pedro Vaz
Isabel Abreu
Gonçalo Waddington
Leonor Vasconcelos
Ivo Arroja

Crew

Screenplay: Tiago Rodrigues and Tiago Guedes

Director: Tiago Rodrigues
DOP: Mark Bliss
Sound: Pierre Tucat
Art director: Isabel Branco
Costumns: Isabel Carmona, Arranca Corações
Executive producer: Ana Pinhão Moura
Producer: Paulo Branco


With the financial support of ICA, Fundo de Apoio ao Turismo e ao Cinema, RTP, ARTE
With the support of Câmara Municipal de Penamacor, Junta de Freguesia de Meimão

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