Private Project

A Son Like Others

Dinis is a teenager and like others wants to go to university. But he has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. His mum wants him to have a normal life but she also needs to protect him. Can she do both?

  • Antonio Sequeira
    Danke, My Clown, The Queue, Ice Tulips
  • Antonio Sequeira
    Danke, My Clown, The Queue, Ice Tulips
  • Rodrigo Prista Garcia
    TV Girl, Death of D.Quixote
  • Antonio Sequeira
    !Salsa!, Stay Still, Misplaced
  • Albina Ferreira
    The Vacation House
  • Carlos Sequeira
    The Vacation House
  • Sabina Juncu
  • Paula Lobo Antunes
    Key Cast
    Mulheres, Jacinta, Vidas Opostas
  • Afonso Lopes
    Key Cast
    Circo Paraíso, Prédio do Vasco, Ganância
  • Maria Laranjeira
    Key Cast
    Massa Fresca, Soldado Milhões
  • Anastasiia Vorotoniuk
    Artificial Bid
  • Peter Hawkey
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    No Limiar do Pensamento
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Family
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
  • FEST - New Directors New Films
    June 30, 2019
    Portuguese Premiere
    GRAND PRIX AWARD WINNER - Best Portuguese Short Film
  • Short Shorts Film Festival
    June 14, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest
    Palm Springs, California
    United States
    June 18, 2019
    Film Market
  • Osnabruck Film Festival
    October 18, 2019
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ONE Country ONE Film Festival
    July 19, 2019
    French Premiere
    Young Jury Award WINNER
Director Biography - Antonio Sequeira

Antonio Sequeira is 25 and has recently graduated from an MA at the London Film School, where he received a BFI/Creative Skillset scholarship to attend. While studying, Antonio won a funding prize to shoot a short film to promote positive mental health, entitled "A Son Like Others", which allowed him to work with renowned Portuguese actress Paula Lobo Antunes and take his skills to another level, winning with it the Grand Prix at “FEST-New Directors” and being selected by “Close-up Culture” as one of the best short films of 2019. Overall, his films have received multiple awards internationally, being selected to prestigious festivals like the “BFI Future Film Festival” and "Osnabruck Independent Filmfest", the academy award qualifying “Short Shorts Film Festival”, in Japan, “Palm Springs Shortfest Film Market”, in the US, “Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market”, in France, “Bengaluru International Film Festival”, in India and the BAFTA qualifying “Carmarthen Bay Film Festival” and "Norwich Film Festival". As a writer, he sold a feature film script to Portuguese film studio, CINEMATE, which they intend to produce soon. "A Son Like Others" is currently in negotiations to have a theatrical distribution in Portugal, having already been distributed for TV. Before finishing his graduation film, "My Mum's Letters", he was offered the opportunity to direct a mini TV-series for the National Portuguese Channel “RTP”, now available on their streaming platform, which is currently eagerly awaiting renewal for season 2.

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Director Statement

Inspired by the true stories of the difficulties not only suffered by the people with mental illness in Portugal, but also by their respective caregivers, this film has the goal to raise awareness about mental illness, avoiding stigma and prejudice. We still live in a society where when someone does something different, is called "crazy". We have to change this type of thought!

Generally, mental illness has been and is portrayed in films in a very negative way. Most of the cases, what matters in terms of scope is the taking advantage of the Mental Illness, showing us a stereotype, which is based on prejudice which allows for more stigma and discrimination of the person with mental problems.

In this project, I wanted to show a family with a person with mental illness and analyse the difficulties of the caregivers, the problem of stigma,and still try to emphasize the contribution of the person with mental illness in living positively integrated as part of a family.

Therefore, this story is told by the point-of-view of the mum, a nurse used to taking care of other people, but who struggles to take care of her own son, thus exploring this vulnerable side of the caregiver.