Directed by: Ana Maria Gomes


Antonio, Dashing Antonio (Antonio, Lindo Antonio)

Antonio, Dashing Antonio is a film about the director’s uncle who left Portugal for Brazil 50 years ago, at the age of 19 – never to return. Over the years, he has promised his mother that he would come back… but half a century later, she is still waiting. Why did he never return? "He may believe that life lasts a lifetime, but no," says his brother Bento, indignant. His 90-year-old mother has grown bitter and resigned: "If he doesn't give a damn about me, likewise!" Between the Portuguese village where her uncle was born and grew up and the megalopolis of Rio where he lives in a self-imposed exile, there is a world of misunderstanding and things that go unsaid.