Fátima

João Canijo

João Canijo started his career in Rotterdam in 1988 with Três menos eu. Thirty years later, he returns with Fátima, in which 11 women go on a pilgrimage to Fátima, a journey of 400 kilometres across Portugal. But the spiritual, 10-day journey by foot does not necessarily bring out the best in the group. Exhaustion, continual rain and differences of opinion cause tensions in the initially closed ranks. The film focuses above all on the dynamics between the women, each of whom has their own motivation and spiritual baggage as they embark on the journey.

The camera closely follows the walkers and their blisters in a calm rhythm along the long roads the women follow, sometimes in silence, sometimes singing and sometimes squabbling. And also when they arrive exhausted after a long day and the mounting dissatisfaction discharges in the cramped caravan that accompanies them. The spiritual aim seems to fade further into the background and the question is whether they will manage to reach the holy spot as a group.

 

Screenings

  • Cinerama 5
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 6
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 4
    English subtitles
    Wed 31 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 4
    English subtitles
    Sat 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
João Canijo
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Portugal, France
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
153’
Language
Portuguese
Producer
Pedro Borges, François d'Artemare
Production Company
Midas Filmes, Les Films de l'Après-midi
Sales
MPM Premium
Writer
João Canijo
Cinematography
Mário Castanheira, Anabela Moreira
Editor
João Braz
Sound Design
Olivier Hespel, Elsa Ferreira, Gérard Rousseau
Cast
Vera Barreto, Cleia Almeida, Anabela Moreira, Rita Blanco, Márcia Breia, Teresa Madruga, Teresa Tavares