The White Roses

As Rosas Brancas
Director: Diogo Costa Amarante

Portugal, USA, 2013, drama, 20 min., spanish with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

A group of people dance at a sports ground to the music of Supertramp. The siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow, wearing floral wreaths in their hair. The father directs them. They embrace one another. Memories are invoked by pictures enclosed inside Gabriel's, the brother's, amulet. The mother is dead – how will they fill the void she left behind? Each individual family member tries to find their way, is obliged to redefine their course...

‘There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am.’ (Supertramp)

About the director: 

Diogo Costa Amarante was born in Portugal where he graduated in Law. His first film “Jumate/Jumate” was selected in several international film festivals and was awarded as best film. In 2009, Diogo participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and directed his second documentary film “In January, perhaps” which was also selected in many festivals and won Jury Prize at the Documentamadrid09 and a special mention of the Jury in the SalinaDocFest 09, Italy. “Down Here”, his first fiction short film, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival and was selected in Palm Springs, Molodist Kiev and Sofia International Film Festival. “The White Roses”, Diogo’s latest short film, will have its world premiere at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in the Official Shorts Competition. Currently Diogo is finishing his Master of Fine Arts at the New York University / Tisch School of the Arts where he is developing his first feature script, “The Railways”.

Section: Main programme

Screenplay: Diogo Costa Amarante

Dir. of Photography: Federico Cesca

Music: Rodger Hodgson, Simon Boswell

Cast: Oisín Monaghan, Frank Rodriguez, Carolina Tamez-Rodriguez