Astrakan 79

Catarina Mourão

Martim, 58 years old, recalls his one and a half year stay in the Soviet Union in 1979. He was 15 years old and an "innocent" boy. His parents, Communist Party militants, thought he was going to a safe place, a society that fulfilled all their ideals. Martin travelled to Moscow, crossed the Volga delta by train to Astrakan on an initiatory journey. He fell in love several times, gave up his studies and became a clandestine. The communist ideal instilled by his parents was lost along the way. Forty years later, in this film, Martim decides to tell this story to his son for the first time, a story that has always been a family taboo.


[2023] Visions du Réel - Festival International de Cinéma Nyon [Switzerland]
[2023] IndieLisboa - International Film Festival (Award for Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film) [Portugal]
[2023] MDOC - Festival Internacional de Documentário de Melgaço (Jean Loup Passek Award for Best Portuguese Documentary) [Portugal]
[2023] MOIDF - Macao International Documentary Film Festival [Macao]
[2023] FIDBA International Documentary Film Festival Buenos Aires Argentina [Argentina]
[2023] MIDBO - Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá [Colombia]
[2023] DjarFogo International Film Festival [Cape Verde]
[2023] Festival CINEUROPA - Santiago de Compostela [Spain]
[2023] Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival [Portugal]
[2024] Aniversário Terratreme - Casa do Comum [Portugal]
[2024] DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival [Finland]
[2024] Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]

Documentary, Fiction
2023, Portugal, 64’

Script: Catarina Mourão
Cinematography: Paulo Menezes
Sound: Armanda Carvalho, Hugo Leitão
Editing: Pedro Mateus Duarte
Production: Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, João Matos, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha / Terratreme Filmes, Catarina Mourão, Catarina Alves Costa / Laranja Azul
Cast: Martim Santa Rita, Masari, Mateus M Santa Rita