Private Project


A shamanic journey is presented in an oneiric succession of double images between reality and fiction. From darkness, poetic layers of meaning are evoked through different spaces, times, relations, contexts, actions, and beings. This happens in a field of experimentation between art as ritual and ritual as art: doing dumpster diving, creating enigmatic computer games, connecting with Huni Kuin aesthetics in Amazonia, dancing in a museum to resignify Amerindian mummified bodies, emptying house walls at a farewell party in Lisbon, playing with a child in Sweden, following two ex-boyfriends traveling in Italy or walking around an artist's studio.

  • Rui Mourão
  • Rui Mourão
  • Rui Mourão, FCT, AiRs
  • António Magalhães, Bela Silva, Bruno Gonçalves, Coletivo Kayatibu, Eunice Artur, Fátima Ferreira, Filipa Cordeiro, Ilon Wester, Jaya Santos, Mário Montez, Nuno Lira, Rui Mourão, Sofia Amaral, Huni Kuin people
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Other
  • Runtime:
    39 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Sweden
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
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  • Student Project:
  • Art Film Awards

    Honourable Mention
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival

    Honourable Mention
  • Euro Fest - European International Film Festival

    Finalist for Video Art Prize
  • Onirica Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Cine Tornado

    Official Selection
  • Flight - Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova

    Finalist for Video Art Prize
  • SIFF - Serbest International Film Festival

    Semi-finalist for Experimental Film Award
  • High Tatras Film & Video Festival

    Semi-finalist for Best Experimental Film Award
  • Make Art Not Fear Festival

    Semi-finalist for Best Poetry Short
  • MAAM - Muestra de Antropología Audiovisual de Madrid

    Nominee for Experimental Documentary Award
Director Biography - Rui Mourão

Rui Mourão (1977, Lisbon) studied Arts (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Catalonian Center for Cinematographic Studies, in Barcelona; Maumaus, in Lisbon; and Malmö Art Academy, in Malmö-Sweden). He has a Postgraduate in Digital Visual Cultures and a Master in Anthropology (both at ISCTE, Lisbon). He is doing a PhD in Artistic Studies (Nova University, Lisbon).

He was selected to LOOP - Video Art Festival (Barcelona, 2007+2008) and to FUSO - Video Art International Annual of Lisbon (where he received the Audience Award, 2010). He presented a film at the Portuguese Cinematheque (nominee for Best Documentary in QueerLisboa Cinema Festival, 2013). He won the APA Prize for best Audiovisual Essay (2019) given by APA - Portuguese Anthropological Association.

He did more than 50 exhibitions and video art screenings in 16 countries, in places such as: Palazzo Ducale (Genova), National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado (Lisbon), Iklectik (London), Spaces (Cleveland), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Galpão Vídeo Brasil (São Paulo), National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Palazzo Albrizzi (Venice), Monkey Town (New York), BTM (Budapest), National Museum of Ethnology (Lisbon).

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