How To Escape Paradise

Against all odds, my grandmother Argentina takes it on herself to pray for her whole family, just to secure a place in Paradise for us. But we left her religion years ago, with no intent on coming back. That doesn't stop her, though.

But what if I told her I never belonged in that paradise?

  • Gabriel Pinto Monteiro
    Director
    Elena
  • Véronique Duys
    Producer
    Elena
  • Simon Cramar
    Director of Photography
    Elena
  • Axel Steichen
    Boom Operator
  • Anaïs Boudry
    Production Manager
  • Fanny Lescarcelle
    Editor
  • Nicolas Fortin
    Sound Editor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Comment échapper au paradis
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Religion, LGBT, Social
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    4,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Belgium
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium, Luxembourg
  • Language:
    French, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Gabriel Pinto Monteiro

Gabriel Pinto Monteiro was born into a Portuguese family living in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Even though he was always interested in music, literature and movies, it was only in his late teens that he became interested in becoming a director – a rare path for a citizen of the small country without film schools. He tried his luck in Belgium, where he entered the film school “Institution des arts de diffusion – IAD” in 2010. During the 1st year of his Master's degree, he wrote and directed together with his classmate Marie Le Floc'h their first film “Elena”, a short fiction film about a Polish family in Belgium, having to rely on their daughter to translate during a difficult doctor's appointment.
Gabriel graduated in 2015, his graduation film being a short documentary film about his relationship with his religious grand-mother, whose faith is both a proof of love and a big obstacle for her grandson.

Filmography:
2014: “Elena” (short fiction film)
2015: “Comment échapper au paradis” (short documentary film)
(English title “How to escape Paradise”)

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