EDEN

By Daniel BLAUFUKS

DAVID & GOLIAS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2011

EDEN is a documentary about the cinema collective memory of a social microcosm implanted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - São Vicente island in Cape Verde archipelago. A place in which the only way of leaving the island was by sea or through watching films in local theaters.

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Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Second film
    • Countries
    • PORTUGAL, CAPE VERDE
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE, CRIOLO
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 67 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Daniel BLAUFUKS
    • Writer(s)
    • Daniel BLAUFUKS, Fernando VENDRELL
    • Producer(s)
    • Fernando VENDRELL (David & Golias)
    • Synopsis
    • EDEN is a documentary about the presence of cinema in society and the contemporary imagination, analysed on the basis of a particular phenomenon: the presence of a film that has disappeared but lives on in the collective memory of a social microcosm implanted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - São Vicente, Cape Verde.
      Four films were made on this island during the 1940s and 1950s, directed and performed by young Cape Verde amateurs. “A Força da Cobiça” [The Force of Desire], the first and only film that still exists, the westerns “O Cavaleiro Mascarado” [The Masked Knight], “O Guarda Vingador” [The Avenging Guard] and, in 1954, the drama “O Segredo dum Coração Culpado”, a story of the love between two brothers.
      This is the pretext for raising questions about the functions of cinema in society and the consequences of the physical disappearance of projection halls and films being viewed in small nuclei and domestic settings. Cinema was seen, made and experienced in São Vicente. This documentary seeks to provide a glimpse of this story, the story of an island and an age in which the only way of leaving the island was by sea or through cinema.
    • Partners & financing
    • ICA (Portuguese Film Institute), RTP (State Broadcaster), Bosque Secreto (post-production facilities)
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