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BARBS, WASTELANDS
FARPÕES, BALDIOS

Portugal, 2017, 25′

In the end of the 19 th century, the peasants in Portugal started a courageous struggle for better work conditions. After generations of starving misery, the Carnation Revolution sowed the promise of an Agrarian Reform. Mostly in the Alentejo region, these rural workers occupied the huge properties where they were once submitted to the power of their Masters. Perhaps the lost seed of other fruits… It is said in Alentejo, when something is lost, those who are looking should start to walk back to the beginning. We must pray and ask Saint Lucy to clear our vision, so we can see and look better. The protagonists of this film, Resistants of this struggle, many of them illiterate, working since childhood, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Cannes, 2017
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 2018
Great Prize – Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugalia
Young Jury Honourable Mention – Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, Spain, 2017
New York Film Festival, 2017
Grand Prix Award – Hiroshima International Film Festival, Japan, 2017
Camira Award – Verín International Short Film Festival, Spain, 2017.

Marta Mateus
Director
Marta Mateus
Director

Born in Alentejo, Portugal, in 1984, Marta Mateus studied Philosophy at Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
Drawing and Photography at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual, Music and Theatre. She
worked as an actress and assistant director.

Hugo Leitão
Sound Designer
Hugo Leitão
Sound Designer

Hugo Leitão was born in Lisbon, in 1982, and is considered to belong to the “new generation” of
filmmakers in Portugal, who actually contributed to the prestigious role that Portuguese cinema is
currently playing internationally. After completing his studies at “ETIC” – Technical Institute of Image
And Communication, in Lisbon, Hugo started working for the most relevant and historical film lab facility
in Portugal, “ Tobis Portuguesa ”. In 2003, he started pursuing a film sound career as sound restoration
engineer. He took a one-year full scholarship, to refine his professional education at the Los Angeles Film
School, in Hollywood. He teaches in Lisbon, at “Restart” – Institute of Arts and New Technology, and at
“ETIC”, in areas such Film Sound, Music Production, Advanced Music Production, Sound Synthesis,
Sampling, and MIDI.

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