In the '90s, Portugal. A group of four misfit teenage girls - all named "Maria" something, - are lured into esoteric experiments that result in the mysterious disappearance of one of them in their quiet suburban world, made of rumours in the middle of nowhere, where nothing ever happens and everyone knows each other.
During the ramp of the internet and an anonymous virtual reality-world - "Dreamlinked", they delve into a thin line between technology and the metaphysical world as more young teens disappear. Changing their lives, forever.
The girls find themselves wrapped in rumours of possible suicide, runaway or organized crime from a secret hacker society, the girls unite to find their friend in a journey of parallel worlds, where they will find their strengths and overcome their bullies, insecurities and fears as they grow up.
Project Title (Original Language):As Marias
Project Type:Television Script
Genres:Fantasy, Drama, Coming-Of-Age
Number of Pages:70
Country of Origin:Portugal
New Cinema - Lisbon Monthly Film FestivalLisbon, Portugal
September 3, 2020
Winner Best TV Series
Catarina César (or C.S. César) is a filmmaker and screenwriter born in a small village in the south of Portugal. She is known for her work as a PA, and Script supervisor assistant in the TV series "Serramoura", season 5. She has a Master's Degree in Film & TV executive Production and Management, she is constantly travelling around the world, still couldn't find a place to settle.
She aims to inspire others with her words and path, especially those who come from geographically disadvantaged countries and small villages, or whose English is not their first language, to write and achieve their dreams.
She also plans to raise awareness against modern slavery, based on her own struggles while working for free in the Film Industry, against nepotism and discrimination towards immigrants. Nonetheless, when talking about the reasons for anyone achievement in Film, she intends to change the adjectives "luck", "blessed" and "fortunate" to the words "hard work", "ambition" and "persistence".
The TV series “As Marias” represents the loneliest teenagers who either grew up in a hostile environment or, in places of scarce opportunities, like me. It’s an invitation to remember the gold age of the 90s and aims to inspire, captivate, and encourage the next generations to defend and fight for their dreams, regardless of the place they were born.
This story returns the ancient belief of something else beyond what we can see and is also a story about bullying physical and psychological, resilience, friendship, and the urge to run away to write your own destiny. The series is influenced by Lynch’s Surrealism, Aronofsky, and Linklater existentialism, mixed with Lars von Trier naturalism, such as if series like Skins and 13
reasons why met sci-fi and surrealistic series such as Twin Peaks, Experimental Lane, The O.A., VR.5, and Stranger Things.
I write this story from the heart as it was growing up inside me during the two decades that I spent living in a small fishing village that seemed isolated from the rest of the world, in the south of Portugal.
Always wanting to leave this place forever. Time has taught me to hate and love this place, as well as the people in it, I’ve learned to understand them, respect them, and forgive as well as I do with myself, which I share with great passion and enthusiasm.