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Volta à Terra

The traditions that have been passed through generations of a small rural Portuguese village come face-to-face with the shifting desires of a young, mobile generation.

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Director João Pedro Plácido
Producers Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Screenwriters Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, João Pedro Plácido
With Daniel Xavier Pereira, António Guimarães, Daniela Barroso
Portugal-Switzerland-France 2014
78 mins
Production company O Som e a Fúria

In Uz, a rural village in northern Portugal, a family of farmers has been working the land for generations. Daniel is a younger member of the family and unlike many his age, who have been attracted away by the appeal of urban life, he has decided to stay. While the village gets ready for its annual fair, Daniel is temporarily distracted from his daily labour by an attractive young woman and the possibility of love and companionship. Following the cycle of the seasons and the village’s calendar landmarks, first-time director João Pedro Plácido draws warmth and humour with his impressionistic portrait of a young man on the brink of adulthood in a place where family and tradition weigh heavily on one’s life choices. With watchful sensitivity for his subject and a distinctive eye for the beauty of the dramatic landscape around him, Plácido proves himself to be a confident new director.

Laure Bonville

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