Divina Comédia

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a film by

Rui Alexandre Santos

Documentário | 116' | Portugal


Five film students share their motivations, inspirations, doubts and regrets about their future while working on each other’s’ film projects, in search for a relationship of each one’s life with the will to make films.


The film starts with Luis, a dancer and actor who saw in film the opportunity to closely contemplate each movement bodies make. He makes film assignments with Pedro, an extreme sports athlete, who overcomes the difficulty of transmitting the wonders he sees by filming deep in the ocean. Their archeologist friend, Nuno, discovers film as a marvelous means to excavate. He likes to watch classics with Ricardo, the youngest of them joining film school to have his father’s fisherman world registered while everything is transformed in the docks. Ricardo’s main actor in film assignments is Isaac, an organ player and church keeper, whose quest in film ends up in a catholic seminary.


Rui Alexandre Santos is a Lisbon National Film and Theatre School graduate and since 2010 he has developed an eclectic career as producer of films such as Vítor Gonçalves’ The Invisible Life (International Competition of Rome Film Festival) Joaquim Sapinho’s This Side of Resurrection (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2011 among others. He co-produced Songs from the North by Soon-Mi Yoo, (Golden Leopard for Best First Feature at Locarno Film Festival) and Cinema Dialogues: Harvard at the Gulbenkian a two-part series of dialogues and screenings held in Lisbon at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2014 and 2015 in collaboration with Haden Guest, director of the Harvard Film Archive;  Rui also co-produced Billy Woodberry’s latest documentary And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead (MoMA Doc Fortnight, Rotterdam FF, Centre Georges Pompidou 2015) and is currently producing his new documentary on Angolan freedom-fighter, Mário Pinto de Andrade.


In the end of 2015 Rui founded his own production company, Divina Comédia, launching its first feature documentary Song of Ossobó in 2017.