It’s been 193 days since Alice was last seen. Every day, her father, Mário, leaves home and follows the exact same route the day Alice disappeared. In his quest, Mário creates a video surveillance network on the places she might walk, the airport, anything that may provide a clue.
Every day, he watches countless hours of surveillance tapes in fast-forward, expecting to get a glimpse of his child. Almost every day, hope is born. Almost every day, hope is extinguished – till one day, the search seems to be over.
Marco Martins (born 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese film director, best known for his 2005 filmAlice, which premiered at Cannes and won the Best Picture Award at the Directors’ Fortnight.
In 1994 Marco Martins graduated from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and soon afterwards undertook an apprenticeship with Wim Wenders, Manoel de Oliveira and Bertrand Tavernier. For two years following, he worked as assistant director to João Canijo, a fellow Portuguese director.
During this period, his short films Mergulho no Ano Novo and No Caminho Para a Escola received critical acclaim, the former winning Best Short Film Award at the International Short Films Festival of Vila do Conde, and the latter taking Best Short Film and Best Director Awards at the VII Festival Ibérico de Cinema de Badajoz as well as the Eixo Atlântico Award at the Festival de Ourense
He began shooting advertisements in the late 90’s and in 2002 started his own production… read more
Bom, diferente daquilo que comummente se faz em Portugal, uma produção trabalhosa e dois grandes papéis de dois actores bem modestos: Nuno Lopes e Beatriz Batarda. Um ambiente muito melancólico, tal Lisboa sempre fora, a cidade do Fado. Intenso e com um final que se adivinha desde o início, não deixando de ser, no entanto, poderoso. É um grande filme. Sem menosprezar todos os outros grandes filmes portugueses, claro.
A very sad,intense story told in a simple way.Nuno Lopes,as a father desperately trying to find his missing daughter,takes your breath away without trying. A bonus is the fantastic soundtrack by Bernardo Sassetti.