Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes

Tiago Guedes

Sadness and Joy in the life of giraffes addresses the theme of absence and of the pain of growth in a unusual (adj. which is not vulgar, rare) way. It tells us the story of a girl (s.f. 1. a female child; 2. a very young single woman) who, in order to solve a problem, decides to look for the only person she believes that can help her: the prime minister. The economic crisis, a teddy bear with suicidal tendencies named Judy Garland, the Discovery Channel, a black panther and the Russian playwright or Bulgarian scientist Anton Tchekhov are all part of this heroic adventure (sf 1. extraordinary journey, 2. unexpected event that comes and deserves to be reported, 3. chance).


[2019] Guadalajara International Film Festival [Mexico]
[2019] IndieLisboa - International Film Festival [Portugal]
[2019] Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo [Brazil]
[2019] Museum of Fine Arts Boston [USA]
[2019] Panorama Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]
[2019] Caminhos do Cinema Português (Revelation Award given to the actess Maria Abreu) [Portugal] 
[2020] Prémios Sophia 2020 (Best Adapted Screenplay - Tiago Rodrigues and Tiago Guedes and NICO Award - Maria Abreu) [Portugal]
[2020] Mostra de Cinema Português em Hong Kong [Hong Kong]
[2020] Mostra de Cinema Português em Macau [Macao]
[2020] Rome Independent Cinema Festival (Best Feature Film) [Italy]
[2021] Caminhos do Cinema Português - Extensão [Portugal]
[2021] Mostra de Cinema Português - Vila Franca de Xira [Portugal]
[2021] European Garden Cinema - Embaixada Portuguesa na Hungria / Instituto Camões [Hungary]
[2021] Cineclube Aurélio da Paz dos Reis [Portugal]
[2021] Dias do Cinema Português em Berlim [Germany]
[2022] Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště [Czech Republic]
[2022] Portuguese Film Week at China National Film Museum [China]
[2023] Cinemateca Júnior [Portugal]
[2023] Cinema ao Ar Livre- Ciclo de Cinema Português em Ourém [Portugal]

2019, Portugal, 109’

Script: Tiago Rodrigues, Tiago Guedes
Cinematography: João Lança Morais
Sound: António Porém Pires, Tiago Matos
Editing: Tiago Guedes, Jerónimo Rocha
Production: Frederico Serra / Take it Easy
Cast: Maria Abreu, Tonan Quito, Miguel Borges