Damned SumMer

Verão Danado (Damned Summer).jpg

Pedro Cabeleira
128 min.

Special Mention
Filmmakers of the Present

April 8
8:30 PM

Rarely does one see in a debut work such a capacity to turn to the moments of maximum acceleration of an entire cinematography and at the same time to present something unclassifiable as well as never seen before. For Portuguese cinema, Pedro Cabeleira’s Verão Danado (Damned Summer) holds the same importance as did Paulo Rocha’s Os Verdes Anos (1963) and Pedro Costa’s O Sangue (1989). Not only its generational incursion, but also its filmic transfiguration, its interpretation, as a desire that life and images correspond in a sort of reciprocal auto-revolution. The imperturbable heedlessness of youth and the melancholy of a precocious maturity. The instinct to kill the fathers and the affectionate respect for what they have done. But most of all the refusal of the ideological aspect, an ethical commitment not to pass judgement and to translate at all costs the cruel tale of youth into an experience that is exclusively visual and sound-based (pay attention to that soundtrack!). Verão Danado is a lysergic journey made up of the changeability of its characters and the fleeting nature of its images. Between the two planes Cabeleira literally dances with the camera, making it the real star of the film, an adrenaline-filled and sabotaging gaze in search of absolute dissemination and blindness. Do Chico and his friends know the significance of consequences? Do they love life enough or will they continue to teeter along the edge of the abyss? There are no answers. There is the idea of life as an experiment, the document of the tragic and sublime passage of beautiful and lost souls. Exactly like the images: blind and angelic.

By Lorenzo Esposito


Ilian Metev
Bulgaria, Germany


Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias
Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, Qatar

Dragonfly Eyes

Xu Bing
China, U.S.

Distant Constellation

Shevaun Mizrahi
USA, Turkey, Netherlands

The First Lap

Kim Dae-hwan
South Korea

Le fort des fous

Narimane Mari
France, Qatar, Germany, Algeria

Good Luck

Ben Russell
France, Germany

Mrs. Fang

Wang Bing
France, China, Germany

Once There Was Brasilia

Adirley Queirós
Brazil, Portugal


Basma Alsharif
France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar


Blake Williams
Canada, U.S.

Sweating the Small Stuff

Ninomiya Ryutaro

Damned Summer

Pedro Cabeleira