Star of the Sea

"Estrela do Mar" (Star of the Sea) is one of the last boats that still practice the traditional fishing technique of Arte Xávega in the coast of Figueira da Foz, Portugal.
Once thrown into the sea, it is time to pull the fishing nets to land and take the small prize of such great effort.
This is their summer routine.

  • Paulo Fajardo
    Director
    Berlenga - A Ilha do Farol, VHS, Sonho de Verão, Outono
  • Paulo Fajardo
    Writer
    Pastor de Sonhos, Resiste BA-61!, Palheiros da Praia da Tocha, Torre
  • Paulo Fajardo
    Producer
    Berlenga - A Ilha do Farol, VHS, Sonho de Verão, Outono
  • Companha do Estrela do Mar
    Key Cast
    "Group of Fishermen"
  • João Cruz (Gito)
    Original Music
    Perfect World, Can We Call It Love
  • Ricardo Santos (Kau)
    Original Music
    Perfect World, Can We Call It Love
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Estrela do Mar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming:
    Portugal
  • Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Marmostra 2019
    Cantanhede
    Portugal
    July 21, 2018
    Portugal Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FestAlter - Festival de Cinema de Alter do Chão
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    October 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Geo Film Festival
    Cittadella
    Italy
    November 21, 2019
    Finalist
  • FICMA - Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    October 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Geo Film Festival
    Cittadella
    Italy
    October 31, 2020
    Honorable Mention
  • Moinho Cine Fest
    Matosinhos
    Portugal
    April 2, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Camões TV
    Toronto
    Canada
    October 8, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Cable TV
Distribution Information
  • Paulo César Fajardo
    Country: Portugal
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Paulo Fajardo

Paulo César Fajardo was born in Figueira da Foz, in1980, Portugal. Developed various documentary projects as an independent producer and made his directorial debut in 2000 with the short film “Outono/Fall”. Worked as a freelancer camera operator, editor and director for several TV shows for national and international networks. Finished in 2011 his first feature film “Summer Dream” and in 2012 created the web tv BairradaTV. He now works as a freelancer news camera operator and editor for the SIC and SIC Notícias tv news channels.

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Director Statement

This short film was recorded with a Smartphone HUAWEI Y6 (model: ATU-L21) in a Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal.