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A Feature film by Manuela Viegas

Produced by Rosa Films

Release in France : 03/11/1999

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Actors (2)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Rosa Films

Foreign production company :

Rosa Films

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French distribution :


TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

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Ivan goes to live with his father, Vicente, the station-master in a small remote village in inland Portugal. It is raining. The scent of trees and undergrowth still recall the devastating forest fires. The river flows by the railway station. People go about their shores, each wrapped in his own life. Gloria lives with a nurse, Teresa, who looks after emigrants' children in the house next to the station. She always seems to be slipping away from everything and everyone. She spends countless hours playing on the hillsides and among the ruins with Ivan. She wanders, strangely attracted by Mauro. Mauro has come back from prison. He had set his brother Vicente's house on fire. Now, circling the station on his motorbike, he is threatening him again. Set apart from all this is the secret refuge, the only safe place on the planet. Ivan is happy to share Gloria's secret. A small haven hidden in the river, below the water that separates the worlds. One feels like staying here.

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Amandio Coroado

Co-producers :

Mendy Younès, Luis Collar

Sound Recordist :

Nuno Carvalho

Editor :

Manuela Viegas

Costume designer :

Luisa Pacheco

Screenwriters :

Manuela Viegas, Joaquim Sapinho

Director of Photography :

Jean-Michel Humeau

Production Manager :

José Fonseca

Production Designer :

Ana Louro

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Portugal, Spain

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Minority French (Portugal, Spain)

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French release :


Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Berlin International Film Festival - 1999

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1999)


Official Competition