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The Last Time I Saw Macao

A última vez que vi Macau
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata

Portugal, France, Macau, Drama, 2012, 85 min, portuguese and canton chineese with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
Two directors ( João Pedro Rodrigues Pedro Rodrigues,  João Pedro Rodrigues Rui Guerra da Mata) leave to the ex-Portuguese gambling colony of Macao in search of a missing friend (Cindy Scrash). A journey of discovery is waiting for them in a fascinating, multicultural labyrinth-city. The Oriental childhood memories of one enter into dialogue with the other’s memories of the Orient, built on the codes of cinema, literature and painting. Something astounding and scary is about to happen in the friendiest and cruelest places of Macao, where nothing is what it seems to be.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – special mention at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland).
 
About the directors:
 
João Pedro Rodrigues Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. He began by studying biology at Lisbon University to become an ornithologist but soon gave it up for cinema studies and graduated from the Lisbon Film School.  His short film “Happy Birthday!”( Parabėns!, 1997) launched his international career at the Venice film festival in 1997, where it was awarded a Special Jury Mention. The following films “Phantom” (O fantasma, 2000), “Odete” (Odete, 2005), “China, China” (China China, 2007) were well recognised at world‘s international cinema festivals.
 João Pedro Rodrigues Rui Guerra da Mata was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. He started working in cinema in 1995 and taught art direction and production design at the Lisbon Film School (ESTC) from 2004 to 2011. He worked as assistant director in two documentaries directed by  João Pedro Rodrigues Pedro Rodrigues, “This is My Home” (Esta É A Minha Casa, 1997) and “Journey to the Expo” (Viagem À Expo, 1999), a collaboration that later evolved to co-direction. In 2012 he directed “As the Flames Rose” (O Que Arde Cura, 2012), his debut solo film.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata

Dir. of Photography: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Rui Poças Aip

Cast: Cindy Scrash, João Rui Guerra da Mata, João Pedro Rodrigues, Maria João Guerra da Mata, Lydie Bįrbara, Raphaėl Lefčvre, Nuno Carvalho