Childhood, Boyhood, Youth

R˙ben Gonšalves

A group of kids dream about becoming dancers, and enter a school in which, as the years go by and they grow older, their passion and skill for dance will be put to test. Set in the National Conservatory Dance School, in Lisbon, the film deals with three movements: entering the school and the first lessons; the end of the 9th grade, when the students have to make a decision; and the end of the learning process, when they leave the school and discover the stage.


[2018] IndieLisboa – International Film Festival (Brand New Award) [Portugal]
[2018] Festival InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival [Portugal]
[2019] Indiejunior Allianz - International Children & Youth Film Festival [Portugal]
[2019] Frames - Portuguese Film Festival [Sweden]
[2019] Planalto - Festival das Artes [Portugal]
[2019] Dili Internacional Film Festival [East-Timor]
[2019] Caminhos do Cinema Português [Portugal]
[2019] Laceno d'oro [Italy]
[2020] Cinema no Beco [Portugal]
[2020] BBC: LongShots [Reino Unido]
[2020] Estados da Juventude - Cineclube Zoom [Portugal]
[2021] Mostra de Cinema Português - Vila Franca de Xira [Portugal]

2018, Portugal, 96’ 

Script: Rúben Gonçalves
Cinematography: Ana Mariz
Sound:  Joana Niza Braga
Editing: Margarida Meneses
Production: Fernando Vendrell / David & Golias
Co-production: Rúben Gonçalves, EDCN
Cast: Inês Lourenço, Márcio Mota, Mariana Vendrell, Miguel Pinheiro, Teresa Dias,  António Filipe, Frank Anderson, Gabriel Fratian, Gabriela Cogumbreiro, Hiroko Nishikawa, Liliana Mendonça, Luísa Vendrell, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Mateus, Sandra Correia