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There are, among the imaginary sites, places that we will never find. But the man finds it, unveils it on a map where he himself wrote: Alentexas. The man has a shovel. And, crossing a village, in an assertive and restless pace, he expresses the contrast with the landscape. The man walks with a shovel, goes through the village, and heads for the plain. With a shovel, the man must be seeking a treasure.

  • Duarte Laranjo
  • Duarte Laranjo
  • Adriana SáCouto
  • Inês Pinto
  • Pedro Gonçalves
    Sound Supervisor
  • Duarte Pinto da Mata
  • Luís Reis
    Music Composers
  • Pedro Gonçalves
    Music Composers
  • Rodrigo Lima
    Music Composers
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    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Sociedade Harmonia Eborense
    December 11, 2021
  • Cinemateca Portuguesa
    July 7, 2022
Director Biography - Duarte Laranjo, Adriana SáCouto

Duarte Laranjo was born in Lisbon on July 10, 1998.

Since 2019, he has been working as a screenwriter, director and video editor, collaborating frequently with the audiovisual department of EmFim - Associação do Artista. Some projects to highlight are: the comedy platform Arco da Velha, the music video "Relax" (2020) and the "Home Sessions", for the band The Jeggas; and the collaborative project "Homeostatic" (2021).

He graduated in Media Studies (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), studied scriptwriting and is currently a Master's student in Cultural Studies (Universidade Católica Portuguesa).

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Director Statement

"Parmenides responded: lightness is positive, weight negative. Was he correct or not?" (Milan Kundera)

The characters in films usually carry an ambition with them. It could be a professional ambition, a need for revenge, a quest for love... Stories are seldom written about those who seek only to be light.

Alentexas is a fictional place. Nowhere in the real world is it possible to find money in any hole you dig. Yet here, the difficult task is to dig up the emptiness. The goal is to find nothing.

Inspired by the book "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera, this short film aims to provide a possible answer to the weight-lightness dilemma. Yes, lightness is positive. It is, however, something exclusive to this fictional place.