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Lisbon in the Rearview Mirror

December 15, 2022


Lisbon in the Rearview Mirror

Taxi in the capital city of Portugal - Lisbon

Lisbon in the Rearview Mirror

by Marcelo Gomes
Carnaval Filmes and Misti Filmes | Brazil

Fiction | Documentary


Lisbon is a city in transformation. Flocks of Brazilians arrive every day searching for a better life. One of them is Carlos Augusto. Frictions between the newcomer and the Portuguese suddenly appear.


Carlos Augusto (33) has just been abandoned by his beloved. He decides to get away from Recife, where he lives, and heads for Lisbon – the land of his ancestors. Carlos Augusto hopes to forget the pain he feels and seek for new horizons. During his daily exercise of survival in Lisbon, he changes jobs several times, meets Brazilians and Portuguese, builds new relationships of friendship and love. Through our character’s daily life, the frictions between Brazilians and Portuguese are gradually revealed. Themes such as xenophobia and spirituality, colonialism and loneliness, gentrification and passion are intertwined.

Director’s Profile

Scriptwriter and director. His debut film, CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES, screened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2005 and received France’s National Education Prize. His feature film I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, which he co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, premiered at Venice (Orizzonti) in 2009. His historical bio-pic JOAQUIM was selected in 2017for the Competition in the Berlinale. His documentary WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL was released in the Berlinale in 2019. His latest film PALOMA won the top prize at Rio Film Festival in 2022 and also best actress award.

Company Profile

Carnaval Filmes is Recife-based production company that has produced most of Marcelo Gomes’ works. Including JOAQUIM, selected for the Official Competition of the Berlin Festival in 2017; WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL (documentary), selected for the Panorama of Berlin Film Festival in 2019, and the fiction film PALOMA (Best Film Award at Rio Film Festival in 2022).