Viagem ao Sol

Journey to the Sun

JOURNEY TO THE SUN reflects on children in situations of conflict and post-conflict, and the potency of their gaze in revealing the realities obfuscated by official narratives. The film is based on the testimonies of former Austrian children, who were sent to Portugal in the post-war period, to a country spared the ravages of war. Using only archival imagery, JOURNEY TO THE SUN establishes multiple resonances with current-day Europe, where the space for the Other has been drastically reduced. (Portugal Film)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Viagem ao Sol (Journey to the Sun, 2021, doc) - Obscure Light (2017, doc, de Sousa Dias) - The Other War (2010, mid-length doc, Schaefer and Elsa Sertório) - 48 (2009, doc, de Sousa Dias) - Natureza Morta (Still Life, 2005, doc, de Sousa Dias)
European Panorama Documentary · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2022
Susana de Sousa Dias, Ansgar Schaefer
Portugal 2021
black and white
110 minutes
Portuguese / German
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ansgar Schaefer, Susana de Sousa Dias
Cinematography Mário Espada, Nikolaus de Macedo Schäfer
Editing Susana de Sousa Dias, Mário Espada, Nikolaus de Macedo Schäfer, Ansgar Schaefer
Sound/Sounddesign Dídio Pestana, Susana de Sousa Dias, Ansgar Schaefer
Producer(s) Ansgar Schaefer
World Sales
Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
IDFA 2021