Barbs, Wastelands

Marta Mateus

In the end of the 19th century the peasants in Portugal started a courageous struggle for better work conditions. After generations of starving misery, the Carnation Revolution sowed the promise of an Agrarian Reform. Mostly in the Alentejo region, these rural workers occupied the huge properties where they were once submitted to the power of their Masters. Perhaps the lost seed of other fruits...
It is said in Alentejo, when something is lost, those who are looking should start to walk back to the beginning. We must pray and ask Saint Lucy to clear our vision, so we can see and look better.
The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, many of them illiterate, working since childhood, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.


[2017] Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Cannes [France]
[2017] Curtas Vila do Conde (Great Prize) [Portugal]
[2017] Curtocircuíto - International Film Festival (Young Jury Honourable Mention) [Spain]
[2017] Festival du Nouveau cinéma [Canada]
[2017] New York Film Festival [USA]
[2017] IndieCork Film Festival [Irland]
[2017] FICValdivia - Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia [Chile]
[2017] L'Âge d'Or Festival [Belgium]
[2017] Curta'Arruda [Portugal]
[2017] Viennale [Austria]
[2017] Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense [Spain]
[2017] Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]

Fiction, Documentary
2017, Portugal, 25’

Scritp: Marta Mateus
Cinematography: Hugo Azevedo
Sound: Olivier Blanc, Hugo Leitão
Editing: Marta Mateus
Production: Joana Ferreira, Isabel Machado / C.R.I.M.
Co-production: Abel Ribeiro Chaves / OPTEC
Cast: Maria Clara Madeira, Gonçalo Prudêncio, Maria Catarina Sapata, José Codices, Francisco Barbeiro, Lúcia Canhoto, Mariana Nunes, Tatiana Prudêncio, João Neves, António Prudêncio, Rodrigo Rosas, Tobias Liliu, Joaquim Prudêncio, Augusto Frade, Paula Pelado