Ascension by Pedro Peralta

At dawn a group of peasants tries to rescue the body of a young man from the inside of a well. Women veil their faces in silence while men endure the situation. In the center of it all, a mother awaits her son’s salvation.

The wait is over. The boy’s body emerges from the depths of the earth. How can life cease to be when in nature there is an enduring renewal From a distance the sun sinks into the horizon. There is a new day ahead.

Best Short Film International Competition – Kyiv International Film Festival «Molodist» ’16 / Ecumenical Jury Award – Kyiv International Film Festival «Molodist» ’16 / Des Enfants de La Licorne Prize – Festival International du Film d’Amiens ’16 / Special Mention Jury – Riga International Short Film Festival ’16 / Melhor Curta-Metragem Rural – Curt’Arruda, Portugal ’16 / Special Mention Jury – Cairo International Film Festival ’16 / Árvore da Vida Award for a Portuguese Film – IndieLisboa ’16

About The Author

Pedro Peralta was born in Lisbon, where he lives and works. He directed the short films MUPEPY MUNATIM (2012, school film), ASCENSION (2016, selected in competition at the Cannes Semaine de la Critique’16), PERPETUAL NIGHT (2020, selected in competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival’20). His short films have been selected in more than two hundred international festivals, winning several distinctions. He has been working since 2013 at the Portuguese film production company Terratreme Filmes, where he coordinates the film distribution. He is currently working on the development of his first feature film, KA.

SCRIPT AND DIRECTION Pedro Peralta CINEMATOGRAPHY João Ribeiro SOUND Ricardo Leal EDITING Francisco Moreira SOUND EDITING AND MIX Miguel Martins COLOR CORRECTION Andreia Bertini ART DIRECTION João Paulo Santos (Kid) PRODUCER João Matos


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