Thirty years later I’m on my way to Macao where I haven’t been since I was a child. I got an e-mail, in Lisbon, from Candy, a friend I hadn’t heard from in ages. She told me that she had been involved yet again with the wrong men and asked me to go to Macao where “strange and scary things” were happening. Tired, after a long flight, I’m approaching Macao aboard the jetfoil which will take me back to the happiest time in my life.
João Rui Guerra da Mata started working in film in 1995 as an art director on a number of short and feature films, notably those of João Pedro Rodrigues. He directed China, China (2007), a short, before co-scripting João Pedro Rodrigues’s To Die Like a Man (2009). –Locarno Film Festival
João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. After studying biology at Lisbon University he attended the Lisbon Film School, where he obtained his diploma. His public film career began at the 54th Venice Festival in 1997 with the short Parabéns!, which won the Special Jury Prize. In the same year he made Esta é a minha casa and Viagem à Expo, a two-part documentary. In 2000 he directed his first fiction feature, O Fantasma, which was screened in the 57th Venice Festival’s Official Competition. In 2005, Odete won several awards including a Cinémas de Recherche Special Mention at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. His feature project To Die Like a Man was selected in 2007 by Cinéfondation for L’Atelier in Cannes and was released in 2009. –Locarno Film Festival
FNC '12 One of the year's finest films. An unique experience that one has to surrender to as it meanders its way along. Part traveloque, part history lesson and part mystery a la Harry Lime. Top notch opening using Jane Russell's song from 'Macao" is just the jumping off point for this fascinating pic. Filmmakers reportedly created this film in the editing studio from reams of footage shot and approriated. Wow
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