18 - 24 November 2013
A Batalha de Tabatô (João Viana)

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Feature Films

A Batalha de Tabatô (The Battle of Tabatô)
João Viana
Portugal / Guinea-Bissau, 2013
Vídeo | 83 min | BW/Colour | Portuguese | VOSE

Producer company: Papaveronoir Films
Production: João Viana
Screenplay: João Viana
Photography: Mario Miranda
Editor: Edgar Feldman
Music: Pedro Carneiro
Actors: Fatu Djebaté, Mamadu Baio, Mutar Djebaté

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Returning to Guinea-Bissau from European exile, Baio accompanies his daughter to the village of Tabatô where she is to marry. As Baio returns to the old places he once knew, memories from the war of independence resurface. The film explores music, magic and postcolonial angst in a fragmented narrative in black, white and red, where the horrors of the past are very present.


João Viana (Angola, 1966)  graduated in law from the University of Coimbra and studied film in Porto. He has worked with Manoel de Oliveira and César Monteiro and directed the short films A Piscina (2004) and Alfama (2011). A Batalha de Tabatô is his debut feature film. 



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