João Nicolau
P, F 2019
112 min

“I have lived through travels and travails.” With its hint of the pompous language of ancient epics, this statement is probably a bit of an exaggeration, since Luis Rovisco, a man well into his sixties, has mostly travelled as a salesman and security consultant, and his travails are those of an employee in a small company. If he sees reason to complain, it may have to do with the increasingly intricate technology of the devices he sells and installs for SegurVale – Integrated Systems of Access Control. Luis works in a field with a bright future: the control of society. If he maintains a sort of sluggish distance to the travels and travails of this field, he may very well become something like a monument of resistance. João Nicolau stands firmly in the small Portuguese tradition of workplace surrealism, which was already recognizable in ARABIAN NIGHTS by Miguel Gomes and came into its own with A FABRICA DE NADA by Pedro Pinho. The dancing strikers in the “Nothing Factory” have a lone successor in Luis, who sings himself to an unlikely, even utopian happy ending, which can, of course, only be one of lost access control. (Bert Rebhandl)

In the presence of João Nicolau.

  • Miguel Lobo Antunes - Luís Rovisco
  • Luísa Cruz - Lucinda
  • Américo Silva - Teixeira
  • Sandra Faleiro - Joana
  • Tiago Garrinhas - Fábio
  • Ana Tang - Housekeeper
  • Jorge Andrade - Sr. Antunes
  • Duarte Guimarães - Jorge
  • Mariana Ricardo
  • João Nicolau
  • Mário Castanheira
  • Miguel Martins
  • João Nicolau
  • Alessandro Comodin
  • Luís José Martins
  • Susana Moura
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