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The Earth

Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
Portugal 2018 / 60’
The Days to Come The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain

One of three films by a Portugal-based duo of visual artists presented at this year’s New Horizons and the winner of the Doclisboa 2018 competition. Associated for many years with the Alentejo region, they turned two mounds for burning charcoal on the shore of a lake near Mértola into the main protagonists of The Earth. However, this is not a classic documentary about “beautiful work,” about a craft fading into obscurity. The observation of the material world in this case is not so much a pretext for a story about the people and the history of these places as it is a way of creating a form that is spectacular in its minimalism. The experience of cinema is beyond words, reason the filmmakers. Thus, what we are dealing with in their film is the nature of an alchemical process that is full of mysterious gestures. We wanted to provoke viewers into feeling what we ourselves felt in contact with the basic elements of the world that surrounds us: water, fire, air, earth, space. The result is a film that is like incense, shrouded in smoke that purifies and beautifies. The rhythm of the film is tuned to the rhythm of this particular place on Earth, which will move you and give you strength, no matter where you come from.

Agnieszka Szeffel


FF DocLisboa 2018 - Best Film

Hiroatsu Suzuki

Self-taught film-maker and visual artist. From an early age, he spent time at the Kyoto Museum and at a cinema club, watching classical films from both Japan and the rest of the world. After various experiences in independent films, he went to live in Okinawa, becoming interested in photography within a rural setting. He set off Europe with the aim of perfecting his visual artistic sense via photography and film watching. Having seen some Portuguese films, he came to Portugal to get to know more about this cinema. He met Rossana and begun filming around Mértola (Alentejo), making their first film.


2009 Zielony pas / Cordão Verde / Green Belt (short, co-dir.)

2012 Smak crème brûlée / O Sabor do Leite Creme / The Taste of Crème Brûlée (co-dir.)

2018 Ziemia / Terra / The Earth (co-dir.)

Rossana Torres

Rossana Torres was born outside Portugal during her parents’ political exile. She came to Portugal as a child to study and live in her grandparents’ village. After the 1974 revolution, she joined her parents in Lisbon, studying visual arts and cinematography, working in film editing for several years. She has lived in Mértola for the last 25 years, teaching photography and video and leading film and animation workshops for children and young people. She has founded the 'Entre Imagem' Association both for making and producing films and for cultural and educative activities. 


2009 Zielony pas / Cordão Verde / Green Belt (short, co-dir.)

2012 Smak crème brûlée / O Sabor do Leite Creme / The Taste of Crème Brûlée (co-dir.)

2018 Ziemia / Terra / The Earth (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
screenplay Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
cinematography Hiroatsu Suzuki
editing Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
sound Rossana Torres
producer Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
production Entre Imagem, Optec Filmes
sales Hiroatsu Suzuki, Rossana Torres
language Portuguese
colouration colour