Portugal
LÉGUA
119 MIN
2023

At an old manor house in northern Portugal, Ana helps her friend, Emília, the elderly housekeeper who is determined to continue to keep the unoccupied house in order for the owners who are never there. As the seasons turn, Mónica, Ana’s daughter, challenges her mother’s choices and the three generations of women search to understand where they belong in a world that is rapidly fading, where the cycle of life is renovated only through inevitable endings.

Cast & Crew
Producers: Rachel Daisy Ellis, Filipa Reis
Directors: João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis
Script : João Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis, Sara Morais, José Filipe Costa, Letícia Simões
Director of Photography: Vasco Viana
Production Design: Marco Ascanio Viarigi
Music: Ricardo Jacinto, HypoGeo
Sound: Benoît Guérineau, Johann Nallet
Editor: Luísa Homem
Cast: Carla Maciel, Fátima Soares, Vitória Nogueira da Silva, Sara Machado, Paulo Calatré, Manuel Mozos
Production: Uma Pedra no Sapato

Awards
Jury Special Award – Golden Olive Tree, Festival del Cinema Europeo, Lecce, Italy, 2023

João Miller Guerra
João Miller Guerra (born 1974, Lisbon) is a director, editor and visual artist with a Design major and post graduate course in Painting. He co-directed several documentaries with Filipa Reis that were selected and awarded at international film festivals including IDFA, Cinéma du Réel, DOK Leipzig and BAFICI. Djon África, his debut fiction feature premiered at Rotterdam’s Tiger Competition (2018). Légua is his second feature.

Filipa Reis (born 1977, Lisbon)
Filipa Reis (born 1977, Lisbon) has been a film director and producer since 2000. With a postgraduate degree in Cinema and Television, in 2008 Filipa founded the production company Uma Pedra no Sapato. Filipa co-directed several documentaries with João Miller Guerra that were selected and awarded at international film festivals including IDFA, Cinéma du Réel, DOK Leipzig and BAFICI. Djon África, her debut fiction feature, also co-directed with João, premiered at Rotterdam’s Tiger Competition (2018). Légua is her second feature.

Filmography
Li Ké Terra (doc․, 2010), Generation Orquestra (doc․, 2011), Cat’s Cradle (doc․, 2012), Bela Vista (doc․, 2012), Fragments of a Participant Observation (doc․, 2014), The Indispensable Practice of Vagueness (doc․, 2014), On the Side (doc․, 2015), Djon África (2018), Légua (2023).

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