Tiago Hespanha | Portugal 2019 | 101 Min. | OmeU

Austrian Premiere

Where do the contradictions and mysteries of life unravel best?
At the outskirts of Lisbon lies Campo, Europe’s largest military base. There military troops train their fictional missions, amateur astronomers appreciate the area for observing the starry sky above the military training area – while a boy plays the piano for the wild deer lurking in the dark.
Campo reflects on the nature of the mundane and the transcendental, and through impressionistic images reveals reality and the world of thought as inextricably intertwined.

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Director: Tiago Hespanha
Camera and Sound: Tiago Hespanha, Rui Xavier, Luisa Homem, Cláudia Varejão, Paulo Menezes, João Vladimiro, Vasco Viana and Eva Valiño
Editing: Francisco Moreira, Tiago Hespanha
Producers: João Matos, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha

Cinéma du Réel, France’19; Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival, China’19; HotDocs, Canada’19; IndieLisboa, Portugal’19; Subversive Festival, Croatia’19; Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, Servia’19; Cinemateca Bogotá, Colombia’19; Inconvenient Films, Lituania’19; 17th IFF Pacific Meridian, Russia’19; Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo, Brazil’19; Cormorán Film Fest, Spain’19; FIDBA, Argentina’19; 15° Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata Festi-Freak, Argentina’19; DOK Leipzig, Alemanha’19; Festival dei Popoli, Italia’19; L’Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona, Espanha’19; Cinemed – Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival, França’19; 21º Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá, Colombia’19; Worm Rotterdam – Field Recordings, Netherlands’19; 7ª Semana de Cine Portugués em Buenos Aires, Argentina’19; Festival do Rio, Brasil’19; Festival Caminhos do Cinema Português, Portugal’19; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Grécia’20; FICUNAM – Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM, Mexico’20

Work in Progress Cinelab Award – First Look – Locarno’18
Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film Award – IndieLisboa’19
María Pitta Award – Cormorán Film Fest’19

He majored in architecture in 2004 and received a master’s degree in creative documentary from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University in 2012. He has been a partner at the production company TERRATREME since 2008. In 2006 he participated in a workshop on documentary filmmaking held by the Ateliers Varan in Lisbon and produced by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Since then he has been working as a director in his own films and has taken on different roles in other projects. In 2009 he worked as a trainee at the Ateliers Varan in Paris. He teaches at the DOCNOMADS – European Documentary Master Course.