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China, China by João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata

China walks towards the Martim Moniz district, in Lisbon. When she passes the children scream: “China, China!” China is going to fly. To escape far away at dawn. She just wants to be happy. But China drinks her own poison. She drinks it all. Sometimes the air seems loaded with evil and the purgatory is a kindergarten.

About The Author

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966. After studying biology at Lisbon University he attended the Lisbon Film School, where he obtained his diploma. His public film career began at the 54th Venice Festival in 1997 with the short PARABÉNS!, which won the Special Jury Prize. In the same year he made ESTA É A MINHA CASA and VIAGEM À EXPO, a two-part documentary.

João Rui Guerra da Mata was born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique. He teached Art Direction at the Lisbon Film School from 2004 to 2011. In 1997 he co-starred in the short PARABÉNS!, directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, that won the Special Jury Mention at the 54th Mostra di Venezia. As an Art Director, he worked in several features and shorts, notably the ones directed by João Pedro Rodrigues, whose films he also co-scripted.

Producer: João Figueiras, BLACKMARIA, Produção Audiovisual. Script: João Rui Guerra da Mata. Photography: Rui Poças. Editing: Rui Mourão. sound: Nuno Carvalho.

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