Foi Bonita a Festa

 Our Lady who burns Our Lady who burns Our Lady who burns

8', 16mm film transferred to video, stereo. Portugal.
Written and directed by Alice dos Reis
Produced by Cristiana Forte.
Production of Foi Bonita a Festa, 2023

The short film is currently in its post-production stage, about to enter color grading and final sound mix.

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.