A hot summer in Lisbon. David, 14, awaits the imminent death of his grandfather but refuses to visit him, fearing this terrible loss. His mother, Mónica, spends her nights at the hospital. The void already left by his grandfather forces David to become the man of the house. He doesn’t feel ready to assume this new role, but without realizing it: the more David tries to avoid adulthood, the more he gets closer to it …

Director's Biography
JOÃO SALAVIZA, born in Lisbon in 1984, graduated from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His award-winning shorts were selected in more than a hundred film festivals all over the world. Arena won the Golden Palm for Best Short Film at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2009 and Rafa the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. Montanha is his feature film debut. // Films (selection): Arena (2009, short), Cerro Negro (2012, short), Rafa (2012, short), Montanha (2015)
Competition Fiction 2016
João Salaviza
France / Portugal 2015
91 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay João Salaviza
Cinematography Vasco Viana
Editing Edgar Feldman, João Salaviza
Sound/Sounddesign Olivier Blanc
Music Norberto Lobo
With David Mourato, Maria João Pinho, Rodrigo Perdigão, Cheyenne Domingues, Ema Araújo, Carloto Cotta, Ana Cris, Margarida Fernandes
Producer(s) François d’Artemare (Les Films de l’Après-Midi, FR), Maria João Mayer (Filmes do Tejo, PT)
Les Films de l’Après-Midi 54 rue René Boulanger 75010 Paris, France
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2015
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere