Hugo, a melancholy man in his forties, works as a civil servant in a stuffy office in Lisbon. It’s a murky building with badly lit corridors and solid furniture. Or is this only a reflection of his mental state?
Invisible Life is about loss and vacillation. Hugo thinks back to the last days of António, his mentor and superior, with whom he had a close bond. After António's death, he searches through the man’s old 8mm films for answers to his questions, even though they only show vague images of landscapes and travels. He also ponders his last encounter with Adriana, the woman he allowed to slip away.
Invisible Life marks Vítor Gonçalves’ return as a director after a break of 25 years. In 1986, he made his debut with A Girl in Summer, regarded as one of the high points of Portuguese cinema. His latest film is a modest, precise story. Most likely, Gonçalves’ relationship with his own mentor, António Reis, is one source of inspiration.

International title
The Invisible Life
Filmmaker
Vítor Gonçalves
Country
Portugal, United Kingdom
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
99’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Pedro Fernandes Duarte, Rui Santos, Christopher Young, Maria João Sigalho
Production Company
Rosa Filmes
Sales
Rosa Filmes
Writer
Vítor Gonçalves, Mónica Santana Baptista, Jorge Braz Santos
Cinematography
Leonardo Simões
Editor
Rui Alexandre Santos, Rodrigo Pereira
Production Design
Patrícia Maravilha
Sound Design
Ricardo Ganhão
Music
Sinan C. Savaskan
Cast
Filipe Duarte, João Perry
Website
http://rosafilmes.pt