Three Years Later selected for Pardo di Domani at Locarno Film Festival

The second short film by Marco Amaral, 3 Years Later, will have its international debut in the Pardo di Domani international competition of the Locarno Festival.
The short film, which features Ana Moreira and Custódia Gallego, is the second film by the director and is produced by Ukbar Filmes.
The 71st edition of the Locarno Festival will take place from August 1st to 11th in Switzerland and will be attended by the director and film team. In Portugal the film will be shown at Curtas Vila do Conde, from 14th to 22nd July.



"I had a very close relationship with my maternal grandmother with whom I spent my first years of life, so maybe I never realized that I did not have grandfathers anymore. She used to say that to be a grandmother is to be a mother twice. I want to look for the idea of family, the one that seems to be the central unit of our times.

In 3 Years Later I created a grandmother and a mother, or rather two mothers. I waited to observe their behaviors, and in them, the mimetic family of today. As in my previous film, Autumn, I set this story inside a mountain range. I recognize this tendency to look for places that remind me of my childhood. I use these small villages already almost without houses, and these houses already almost without people to put in confrontation the Man and the (its?) Nature.


Today, in the movie, João is worried about his dog Golias who is missing. Meanwhile, outside, a car arrives. His mother returns three years after leaving him to live with his grandmother. During this time she did not exist in their lives. Now, she feels trapped in a condition she can not stand and returns to a place that seems to have already been occupied.

I believe that decisive events do happen without us. While we are worried about a missing dog, something else happens. I have never been interested in showing the moment of conflict or the cathartic discharge. I built this film with the moments before the conflict focusing on the crisis that is not visible, but that begins to be felt. This difficulty in accessing things is a way of approaching the protagonist. A way of sharing her doubts with her.

I wanted to privilege an apprehension of the viewer more sensorial than rational, so that each of us can fill what is missing from history with our own experiences." (Marco Amaral)

[06/11/2018]