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A Documentary by Cláudia Varejão, 99 Minutes

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SYNOPSIS

A dive, the noon sunlight cuts through the water. The air on both longs will have to be enough to rip the abalone from the rocks in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With no aid from air tanks or any other tools to enable underwater breathing, the body as a whole is summoned to its limit. In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday not knowing what they'll find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this in Japan for over 2000 year.

CAST AND CREW

Director: Cláudia Varejão    
Screenplay: Cláudia Varejão
Production: Terratreme Filmes, Mira Film, Flying Pillow Films
Producers: Celeste Alves, Vadim Jendreyko, Atskuo Onho
Director of Photography: Cláudia Varejão
Editors: João Braz, Cláudia Varejão
Location Sound: Takashi Sugimoto
Sound Design and mix: Dominik Avenwedde, Daniel Almada
Editorial Department SRF: Urs Augstburger

INFO

A Documentary by Cláudia Varejão
A coproduction between Terratreme Filmes and Mira Film with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR, Flying Pillow Films
DCP, 99 Minutes, colour, 16:9
Original version Japanese, Subtitles Portuguese/German/English/French
© 2016 Mira Film / Terratreme Filmes / Flying Pillow Films / Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR
ISAN 0000-0004-22CC-0000-5-0000-0000-M
Distribution Switzerland: VINCA FILM  

PRESS

Stille Schönheit, respektvolle Nähe Programmzeitung_20160601
Diving into the abyss of femininity Cineuropa_20140420 
Schaumgeborener Frauenbund Neue Zürcher Zeitung 20160616 
Magisch schwebende Emotionen Der-Andere-Film.ch 20160616
Furchtlose Taucherinnen, die einer anderen Welt zu entstammen scheinen Medientipp.ch 20160616
Ein Alltag zwischen Mühsal und Befriedigung Sennhausersfilmblog.ch 20160616
Starke, selbstbewusste Frauen Spuren.ch 20160616
Faszinierende Einblicke in eine uralte Tradition Forum-Pfarrblatt 20160616 
Ein respektvoller, sehr schöner Dokumentarfilm Radio SRF 2 Kultur Filmpodcast 20160617
Wunderbar poetisch St. Galler Tagblatt 20160618 
Eine Hymne auf das Leben Filmexplorer.ch 20160629

Press enquiries: info@vincafilm.ch

DVD

DVD will be released in 2017

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Visions du Réel Nyon 2016, International Competition   
Karlovy Vary IFF 2016, Competition: SPECIAL MENTION (Czech Republic, 2016)
IFF Message to Man 2016, SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE BELLONA FOUNDATION (Russia, 2016)
DOCLISBOA 2016, national Competition: BEST FILM PRÉMIO INGREME / DOCLISBOA 
Art of the Real - Film Society of Lincoln Center (USA, 2017)
Sydney Film Festival (Australia, 2017)
57. Krakow Film Festival (Poland, 2017)
Ginmaku Japanisches Film Festival (Switzerland, 2016)
Olhar de Cinema '16 - Curitiba Int'l Film Festival (Brasilia, 2016)
10. Fünf Seen Film Festival (Germany, 2016)
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival (Lithuania, 2016)
Best of Swiss Film Festival (Switzerland, 2016)
Festival dei Popoli (Italy, 2016)
Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2017 (Finland, 2017)
Docpoint Tallinn (Estonia, 2017)
19. Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Greece, 2017)
Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival 2016
11. Pravo Ljudski Film Festival in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016)
International Film Festival of Kerala (India, 2016) 
Forumdoc.BH.2016 - Festival Do Filme Documentário E Etnográfico (Brasilia, 2016)
Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival (Israel, 2017)
Play-Doc - International Documentary Festival (Spain, 2017)
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias - Ficci (Colombia, 2017)
15. Rai Film Festival (U.K., 2017)
35. Festival Cinematográfico Internacional do Uruguay (Uruguay, 2017)
32. Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (Mexico, 2017)
Ibero Docs (U.K., 2017)
Docudays UA (Ukraine, 2017)
Ethnocineca - International Documentary Film Festival Wien (Austria, 2017)
International Documentary Film Festival Millenium in Brussels (Belgium, 2017)
Macao International Documentary Festival (China, 2017)
Cinéma Paraloeil (Canada, 2017)
Mar Film Festival (Portugal, 2017)
Encontros de Cinema de Viana de Castelo (Protugal, 2017)
CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film (Denmark, 2017)
Madeira Filmfestival (Portugal, 2017)
International Documentary Film Festival 'Encuentros del otro cine' (EDOC) (Ecuador, 2017)
Tabakalera - Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea (Spain, 2017)
Biobiocine, Festival Internacional del Cine de Concepción (Chile, 2017)
EPA Cinema - El Palomar International Independent Film Festival (Argentina, 2017)
XIVTH Edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Cronograf (Moldavia, 2017)
Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín (Argentina, 2017)
Cinema Metrograph (USA, 2017)
Mostra Int. Films de Dones (Spain, 2017)
Sole Luna Doc Film Festival Palermo (Italy 2017)
Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan, 2017)
Lima Independiente International Film Festival (Peru, 2017)
Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Filmfestival (Kosovo, 2017)
Festival International du film insulaire de Groix (France, 2017)
Frames - Portuguese Film Festival (Suécia, 2018)
5. Duhok International Film Festival (Iraq, 2017)
International Intangible Heritage Film Festival (South Korea, 2017)