Foi Bonita a Festa

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Alice dos Reis, 2024

8', 16mm film transferred to video, surround sound. Portugal.
Production director. Cristiana Forte. Sound technician and mix: Marcelo Tavares. 
A Foi Bonita a Festa production, 2023. Distribution and sales by Foi Bonita a Festa.

World premiere at Sheffield Docfest 2024.

In a mountain in the interior of Portugal, religiosity and paranormal activity concerned with UFO sightings come together. Meanwhile, two friends speculate whether the mountain’s mystical energy might be able to interrupt their cat’s pregnancy.

Portugal's Serra da Gardunha is a mountain known for the paranormal. Where before it was revered as a site of saintly apparitions, nowadays it is known for alien sightings, with rumours of a UFO hangar hidden inside it. Atmospheric and dream-like, Our Lady Who Burns guides us through this mountain and an intergenerational lore of infatuations. In parallel, two friends lament the pregnancy of their old cat, speculating on whether the mystical energy of the mountain might be able to interrupt its gestation.