The Waves (As Ondas)

the waves

About the film

Beautiful, truly Portuguese seascapes swept before my eyes. Tied up in these images was my youth, my paradise lost. The vast sea, the beach, the people, all waiting, all dying gently, sadly, beautifully. Life and death were being recorded here as a whole: death as a part of life, a cosmic change, a transformation.

From Portugal
22 min

Film Fest Gent Nominee 2013

Director: Miguel Fonseca
Screenwriter: Miguel Fonseca
Producer: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Director of Photography: Mário Castanheira
Editor: Sandro Aguilar
Sound Design: António Figueiredo

Vidéo: fragment


About Miguel Fonseca

Born in Lisbon in 1973, Miguel Fonseca studied philosophy in college and in 2008 he directed ALPHA, his first short film. He produced the experimental short film I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME, a film within a film – a film within the first
John Rambo film, FIRST BLOOD, directed by Ted Kotcheff in 1982. He works as a director, as a writer and as a continuity supervisor. Miguel Fonseca lives in Lisbon.

Q&A with the director

Miguel Fonseca

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

It took me two years to make my short. It wasn’t difficult to get financing.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

If a “European cinema community” is not a reality, film will disappear from Europe.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

1. THE WIZARD OF OZ by Victor Fleming
2. PATHER PANCHALI by Satyajit Ray
3. I WAS BORN, BUT … by Yasujiro Ozu
4. FANNY AND ALEXANDER by Ingmar Bergman
(We’ll be up all night.)

What is your next project?

My next project is a fiction film about a company whose goal is to stop people from being afraid



Ghent International Film Festival 2012 / Won Best European Short Film

On the web

. European Film Academy

. IMDb



Film contacts:

Av. Almirante Reis, 113 – 5º, Esc. 505
1150-014 Lisboa
+351 213 582 518



Screening at Kingbonn International Short Film Festival 2014 (09-17 May), in Shenzhen, China


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