Experiencing Interruptions?


Sundial was produced during the pandemic year of 2020. Besides serving as a practical way for the music of portuguese rock band Capitão Fausto to reach its audience - when live public venues were impossible - the film ultimately took shape as a contemplation of time. Just like in recent daily life, the film faces the idea of a period of ponderation rather than action, of suspension rather than accomplishment. From sunset to sunrise are the hours of rest and reclusion, of dreams and darkness, of waiting and of the unknown. The band members become abstract elements, shapes in time. Sound was recorded live on location.

  • Ricardo Oliveira
  • Ricardo Oliveira
  • Band Members Capitão Fausto
  • Capitão Fausto
  • Metrónomo
  • Domingos Coimbra
    Key Cast
    "Francisco Ferreira"
  • Manuel Palha
    Key Cast
  • Salvador Seabra
    Key Cast
  • Tomás Wallenstein
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sol Posto
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 19 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
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Distribution Information
  • Joao Paulo Macedo
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Ricardo Oliveira

Ricardo Oliveira was born in 1983. He graduated from the Lisbon Film School in 2006 as a scriptwriter and producer. Since then he worked in several production companies, wrote for TV, and script doctored a few long features. He independently produced, wrote and directed two award winning short fictions, "Os Vigilantes" and "Verónica", and one award winning documentary, "Loose Ends". Over the years he has directed music videos for over twenty music artists.

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Director Statement

We watched 2020 go by with attentive eyes, focused but from a distance. From inside our homes we imagined what could have happened and it was stopped, and powerless to solve the source of the impediment, we resigned ourselves to waiting. Musicians continued to play music, and spectators continued to want to hear it, but there were no longer any places to do so.

SOL POSTO is a proposal. If, on the one hand, it intends to evoke the most credible aspects of the concert experience, it also becomes an opportunity to break the physical barrier of the traditional stage/audience. It is the director's intention that, through the lens of cinema, it is possible to bring the spectacle closer to the spectator, not only bringing him onto the stage, but placing him at a distance that allows an almost exaggerated intimacy.

The film brings us a reflection on the passage of time and its perception, and just as we face the idea of a period of reflection instead of action, and of suspension instead of realization, it happens during the hours of Sol Posto, stage of rest, of seclusion, of dreams and plans, of darkness, of waiting and of the unknown.