An electropop remix about places, loneliness, and the color blue.

  • Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro
    The Remainings
  • Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro
    The Remainings
  • Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro
    The Remainings
  • João Onofre
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lugar Nenhum
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Essay Film
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    100 EUR
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
  • 68th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
    April 30, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Competition - Prize of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia 2022
  • 10th La Fête du Slip
    May 19, 2022
    Swiss Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 6th Ecrã Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    July 1, 2022
    Brazilian Première
    Official Selection
  • 26th QueerLisboa
    September 22, 2022
    In My Shorts Official Selection
  • 16th Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 15, 2022
    British Première
    Official Selection
  • 28th Première - Contemporary Art Center of Meymac
    October 29, 2022
    French Première
  • 10th Frames Portuguese Film Festival
    November 29, 2022
    Swedish Première
    Official Selection
  • 3rd Entre Olhares Mostra de Cinema Português
    November 6, 2022
    Caminhos Alternativos
  • 27th Caminhos do Cinema Português
    October 17, 2022
    Ensaios Selection
  • 4th Cinenova Interuniversity Film Festival
    November 22, 2022
    Official Portuguese Competition - Honorable Mention
  • Ampla 2023
    March 3, 2023
    Official Selection
  • 28th Première - Centro de Arte Oliva
    São João da Madeira
    April 15, 2023
  • 31st Gaze International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
    August 3, 2023
    Irish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 35th Vancouver Queer Film Festival
    August 10, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro

Pedro Gonçalves Ribeiro (b. 1993) is a Brazilian director, cultural producer and film researcher based in Portugal. He holds a Master's degree in Multimedia Art - Moving Image from the University of Lisbon and is currently developing his first feature, Bocaina, at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, in San Sebastián. His works are mainly connected with themes such as identity, memory, and popular imagery and have been screened and awarded at important festivals and institutions around the globe, such as Oberhausen, Doclisboa, Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, among others.

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Director Statement

Music and memory are directly connected according to science. Because emotions enhance memory processes and music evokes strong emotions, music is involved in forming memories, either about pieces of music or about episodes and information associated with particular songs. As pop music has never ceased to be directly connected to the queer culture and narrative - whether through divas or the rise of house and disco music on gay and black dance floors in the 70s -, the LGBTQIA+ community tends to have in its imagination and in its memory an even stronger connection with electronic music. That’s where we often drop our sorrows, achievements, dreams, and memories; and it’s through its looped structure and repetition that we are guided into some kind of state of mind similar to the effect of psychotropic drugs. Similarly, certain places also refer us to specific moments and help shape our identities and our realities. The architecture of houses and streets contains the experience of those who built them, as well as their world. The design of the cities must be read through whoever lives there and then when erased, it directly affects their surroundings and their community, including their psyche and their memory. When a place where gay men meet each other dies, for instance, a part of their identity is also fading away.
Whether in pop music or cruising areas, gay men's sense of freedom is always found in a melancholic interlude between dreams and illusion, as if they were in a constant search for affection in a totally isolated space. Recent studies show how more rights and representation, unfortunately, did not lower the rates of anxiety and loneliness in this community. We still feel lonely and unfulfilled, as if we were nowhere, surrounded by a dark blue feeling, listening to our favorite song without being able to dance. This essay-film is my own personal way of thinking about it through an electropop 90s hit song, the story of a doorless alley, and the color blue.