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Batrachian’s Ballad

Leonor Teles
Balada de um Batráquio
Portugal 2016 / 11’

Awarded top honors at the most recent Berlin Film Festival, the documentary Batrachian's Ballad discusses the situation involving Roma in Portugal in a playful way. By humorously comparing people to porcelain frogs, the director talks about the fate of this ethnic group, which is certainly not so humorous. The Roma, much like frogs on city streets, are invisible to passersby.

Patryk Tomiczek


Berlinale 2016 – Golden Bear

Leonor Teles

Born in Portugal in 1992. Studied Film Direction in Lisbon. Her film Rhoma Acans captured awards at numerous festivals, including in Munich and Clermont-Ferrand, among others. Her latest work, Batrachian's Ballad, won a Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2016. Works mainly as a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.


2013 Rhoma Acans / Gypsy Eyes (doc.,short)
2016 Ballada o żabie / Balada de um Batráquio / Batrachian's Ballad (doc., short)

Cast & Crew

director Leonor Teles
screenplay Leonor Teles
cinematography Leonor Teles, Ico Costa, archival footage
editing Leonor Teles
sound Bernardo Theriaga
cast Leonor Teles
producer Filipa Reis, João Miller Guerra
production Uma Pedra no Sapato
sales Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency
language Portuguese
colouration colour