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BARBS WASTELANDS, by Marta Mateus 

Portugal, 2017 | 25' | 4K | Color

At the end of the 19th century the peasants in Portugal began a courageous struggle for better work conditions. After generations of starving misery, the Carnation Revolution sowed the promise of an Agrarian Reform. Mostly in the Alentejo region, these rural workers occupied the huge properties where they were once submitted to the power of their Masters. Perhaps the lost seed of other fruits...
It is said in Alentejo, when something is lost, those who are looking should start to walk back to the beginning. We must pray and ask Saint Lucy to clear our vision, so we can see and look better.
The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, many of them illiterate, working since childhood, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words.

Script, Directing and Editing: Marta Mateus      

With: Maria Clara Madeira, Gonçalo Prudêncio, Maria Catarina Sapata, José Codices, Francisco Barbeiro   
Image: Hugo Azevedo    Sound: Olivier Blanc, Hugo Leitão   Grading: Gonçalo Ferreira    
Production: CRIM   Supports: ICA / OPTEC / CM - Estremoz / Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian
Première: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Festival de Cannes 

Distributors: Midas Filmes [Portugal]: Grasshopper [USA]
TV / 
Streaming: RTP [Portugal]; TVCine [Portugal]; MUBI [USA, UK, PT, BR, FR, S]

Distribution: Clarão Companhia    

Agency: Portuguese Film Agency 2017


Grand Prize - Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal; 
Grand Prix - Hiroshima International Film Festival, Japan;
CAMIRA Prix de la critique - Via XIV - International Short Film Festival of Verín, Spain;
Special Mentions - CurtoCircuito, Spain; Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia



[2017] Quinzaine des Réalisateurs — Festival Internacional de Cannes [France] — Première  

[2017] FICValdivia - Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia [Chile] 
Curtas Vila do Conde [Portugal]
[2017] New York Film Festival [USA] 

[2017] Mar del Plata International Film Festival [Argentina] 
[2017] Hiroshima International Film Festival [Japan]
[2017] Festival de Cine Europeu de Sevilla [Spain] 

[2017] Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival [Austria] 

[2018] FICUNAM - Festival International de Cine de UNAM [Mexico] 
[2018] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany] 
[2018] Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival - FICCI [Colombia]
[2018] Hamburg International Short Film Festival [Germany] 
[2017] Short circuit - International Film Festival [Spain]
[2017] Festival du Nouveau cinema [Canada] 

[2017] IndieCork Film Festival [Ireland] 

[2017] L'Âge d'Or Festival [Belgium] 

[2017] Ourense International Film Festival [Spain] 

[2017] Leeds International Film Festival [UK] 

[2017] Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema [Brazil] 

[2017] International Film Festival, Antofagasta [Chile] 

[2017] Zagreb Film Festival [Croatia] 

[2017] Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote [Spain] 

[2017] Verín International Short Film Festival [Spain]
[2017] TRANSCINEMA - International Non-Fiction Festival [Peru] 
[2017] Caminhos do Cinema Português [Portugal] 
[2017] Curta'Arruda [Portugal]
[2017] FIKE - Fest. International de Curtas Metragens de Évora [Portugal] 
[2018] Frames - Portuguese Film Festival [Sweden]

[2018] Courtisane [Belgium] 

[2018] Festival Córtex [Portugal] 

[2018] Kyiv International Short Film Festival [Ukraine] 

[2018] FICIC - Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín [Argentina] 
[2018] LusoFilm - Glasgow [United Kingdom] 
[2018] Macao International Documentary Film Fest [Macau] 
[2018] DokuFest [Kosovo] 
[2018] Encontros Cinematográficos do Fundão [Portugal]

[2018] Cine'Eco Seia [Portugal] 
[2018] Cine Avante [Portugal] 
[2018] Short View - Viseu Short Film Festival [Portugal]

[2018] Shortcutz Ovar [Portugal] 
[2018] Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival [Brazil] 
[2018] The International Film Festival of Quito [Ecuador] 
[2018] Underdox International Film Festival Munich [Germany] 
[2018] DocBuenosAires - International Documentary Film Festival [Argentina] 
[2018] Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival [Greece] 
[2018] Seminci - Valladolid International Film Week [Spain] 
[2018] Nomadica [Italy] 
[2018] START - International Short Film Festival [Azerbaijan] 
[2018] NexT International Film Festival [România] 
[2019] Portuguese Women Directors ICS [Portugal] 
[2019] Sonic Acts [Netherlands] 
[2019] Perspectives of Portuguese Cinema, Florianopolis [Brazil] 
[2019] Fête de l'Europe TBA [France] 
[2019] Cineclube do Atalante - Curitiba [Brazil] 
[2019] Hongseung International Film Festival [South Korea] 
[2019] Viva Villa Festival! [France] 
[2019] Laceno d'Oro [Italy]  
[2020] Cine à Roda [Portugal]
[2020] Les Inattendus Film Festival [France] 
[2021] Festival Cinespaña [France] 


[2017] Cinemateca Portuguesa [Portugal] 

[2017] Teatro Bernardim Ribeiro [Portugal] 

[2017] Guadalajara International Book Fair [Mexico]

[2017] Cannes Night [Luxembourg] 

[2018] Terceira Island Atlantic Film Festival [Portugal]

[2018] Fête de l'Europe TBA [France] 

[2018] Nomadica [Italy] 

[2018] Portuguese Film Festival in Macau [Macau]

[2019] Portuguese Women Directors [Portugal] 

[2019] Casa das Mudas - Madeira [Portugal] 

[2019] Saramago Foundation [Portugal] 

[2019] Perspectives of Portuguese Cinema in Recife [Brazil] 
[2019] Cineteca de Madrid [Spain] 

[2019] Cinema no Aquário - Zé dos Bois Gallery [Portugal] 
[2019] Mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien 

[2020] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany] 
[2021] Exhibition From Portugal to the World - Rio de Janeiro [Brazil] 
[2021] Mostra de Portugal para o Mundo - Brasilia [Brazil] 
[2021] Mostra de Portugal para o Mundo - São Paulo [Brazil] 

[2021] Cinemateca Brasileira [Brazil] 

[2021] Como se viu e como se vê [Portugal] 

[2022] Deutsches Historisches Museum [Germany]

[2022] Les Deux Dames Sérieuses, L'Archipel [France]  


[2021-22] Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira

[2019] Curated by - Festival, Felix Gaudlitz Gallery, Vienna
[2019] Festival ¡ Viva Villa !, Collection Lambert, Avignon 
[2019] Portes Ouvertes de la Casa de Velázquez, Artists of l'Académie de France, Madrid

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