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directed by Basil Da Cunha




Spira, 18, spent the last eight years in remand school and returns to Reboleira, a slum in Lisbon. His friends Giovani and Chandi are still there, as are the locals, deals and parties. But some people, like the gang boss Kikas, aren't too pleased he's back. Spira realizes that things are changing. As the bulldozers begin to tear down the neighborhood, everyone tries to hold on to their dreams, like Iara who Spira falls in love with, or Giovani who'll do anything to be one of the top dealers.


DRAMA DCP/HD - 2019 - SWITZERLAND - 107min 

CAST Michael Spencer, Marco Joel Fernandes, Alexandre Da Costa Fonseca

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Cape Verdean Creole & Portuguese

PRODUCED BY Thera Production



Basil Da Cunha directed and produced several short films before joining Thera Production in 2008. Then he directed “A Côté” (Locarno Festival in 2009 and Grand Prix at the Vila do Conde Festival). In 2009, he went to live in Reboleira, a neighbourhood in Lisbon where, between 2011 and 2012, he directed “Nuvem” and “Os vivos tambem choram” which were both selected for the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2012 he finished his training at HEAD Geneva (Art and Design School) by directing his first full-length film “Até ver a Luz” also selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in 2013. Since 2013 Basil Da Cunha has been a lecturer at HEAD Geneva. He directed and produced a series in Reboleira that’s being edited and “Nuvem Negra” (Geneva Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2014). In 2017, he directed his second full-length film entitled “O Fim do Mundo” which was selected for the Locarno competition in 2019.


LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - Official Competition

BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - Flashforward Section

VALLADOLID FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - Meeting Point Competition

FESTIVAL DES ARCS - Best Cinematography Award

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