The Artificial Humors

Gabriel Abrantes

The Artificial Humors, is a film about humor, anthropology and artificial intelligence. It focuses on how humor is central to human relationships across, used as a form of social control, and one of the most complex forms of communication. The film was shot in Mato Grosso (Canarana and the Yawalapiti and Kamayura villages inside the Xingu Indigenous Park) and São Paulo. Blending a certain Hollywood aesthetic with documentary approaches, the film tells the story of an indigenous girl who falls in love with a robot that is a rising stand up comedian in Brazil. Gabriel Abrantes' films address historical, political and social matters while discussing postcolonial, gender and identity issues. His works create layers of unlikely readings, altering traditional narratives and touch upon the absurd, folklore, humor and politics.


[2017] Berlin International Film Festival (Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards) [Germany]
[2017] Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF [Romania] 
[2017] Shortfest | Aspen Film [USA]
[2017] BAFICI [Argentina]
[2017] Sicilia Queer [Italy]
[2017] Curtas Vila do Conde (Best Portuguese Director) [Portugal]
[2017] Cinema No Pátio - Novo Cinema Português - GNRation [Portugal]
[2017] Split Film Festival - International Festival of New Film [Croatia]
[2017] Curtocircuíto - International Film Festival [Spain]
[2017] BFI London Film Festival [UK]
[2017] Festival du Nouveau cinéma [Canada]
[2017] IndieCork Film Festival [Irland]
[2017] Festival international du film de la Roche-sur-Yon (Nouvelles Vagues Jury's Special Mention) [France]
[2017] Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]
[2017] Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife [Brazil] 
[2017] Festival Mix Brasil [Brazil]
[2017] Caminhos do Cinema Português (Best Short Film Award) [Portugal]
[2017] Verín International Short Film Festival (Best Script Award) [Spain]
[2017] Berlinale Spotlight India - Kalpanirjhar Short Fiction Film Festival [India]
[2017] European Film Awards [Germany]
[2018] London Short Film Festival [United Kingdom]
[2018] Pragueshorts [Czech Republic]
[2018] Les Ecrans Mixtes [France]
[2018] Tampere Film Festival [Finland]
[2018] Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara [Mexico]
[2018] Frames - Portuguese Film Festival [Sweden]
[2018] Short Waves [Poland]
[2018] Festival Córtex (National Competition Main Award) [Portugal]
[2018] Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen [The Netherlands]
[2018] Hotspot Portugal [Belgium]

2017, Portugal, 29’

Script: Gabriel Abrantes
Cinematography: Jorge Quintela
Sound: Marcel Costa, Carlos Abreu
Editing: Margarida Lucas
Music: Aamourocean
Production: Herma Films
Support: Fundação de Serralves, Bienal de São Paulo, Colección Inelcom
Cast: Margarida Lucas, Amanda Rodarte, Gilda Nomacce, Ivo Müller, Jeann Segundo, Mateus Rolim Rodrigues, Rafaela Rocha, Patrícia Soso