One day, a forgotten box of shoes is discovered in a shelf of the record company. Inside this box, there were tapes containing home made recordings of the famous Portuguese composer - António Variações. When one listens to these tapes, where Variações sings in the most pure ways - without any musical background, many times whispering to the recording not to wake up the neighbours – one perceives that this treasure could not remain hidden.
The HUMANOS project was born… a “super”-band, composed by “super”-musicians, where the famous Portuguese singers Manuela Azevedo, David Fonseca and Camané give their voice to music and lyrics from António Variações.
This film is about the process of preparation of the live concerts in the summer of 2005 and about the approach that these musicians had to the legacy left by António Variações.
António Ferreira, born in 1970, started working as a computer programmer, a profession that he would later abandon when he left to Paris in 1991. In 1994 he started studying at the Lisbon Film University (ESTC). In 1996 he enters the Berlin Film Academy (dffb) where he studied for another two years. In 2000, António Ferreira was selected at the Cannes Film Festival with the short film "RESPIRAR (debaixo d’água)/Breathing (under water)”, winning several international prizes. One year later, he shot his first feature film "Esquece tudo o que te disse/Forget everything I've told you" which became one of the most seen films in Portugal that year. In 2007, shoots the short film “Deus Não Quis/It Wasn’t God’s Will” with which won several international film awards. In 2010, António Ferreira releases his second feature "Embargo", an adaptation from the Nobel prize winner - José Saramago. In 2011 staged its first play "The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant" from R.W. Fassbinder, for the Portuguese National Theatre D. Maria II. In 2012 directs the film "Posfácio nas confecções Canhão/Posfácio At The Clothing Factory" commissioned by Guimarães European Capital of Culture.
POSFÁCIO NAS CONFECÇÕES CANHÃO (POSFÁCIO AT THE CLOTHING FACTORY)
30 min, DIG, Portugal 2012
80 min, DIG, Portugal/Spain/Brazil 2010
DEUS NÃO QUIS (IT WASN’T GOD’S WILL)
15 min, 35mm, Portugal 2007
HUMANOS – A VIDA EM VARIAÇÕES (HUMANS – VARIATIONS OF LIFE)
34 min, DIG, documentary, Portugal 2006
ESQUECE TUDO O QUE TE DISSE (Forget Everything That I’ve Told You)
108 min, 35mm, Portugal/France 2002
RESPIRAR DEBAIXO D‘ÁGUA (Breathing under water)
45 min, 35mm, Portugal/Germany 2000
4 min, 35mm, Germany 1998
8 min, 16mm, Portugal 1996
Per un pugno di corti 2009 - Italy
St. Petersburg International Youth Film Festival 2009 – Russia
Mostra Luso-Amazónica de Manaus 2009 – Brazil
6º Festival de Vídeo de Corroios 2008 - Portugal
- Best Documentary Award -
FAMAFEST 2008 - Portugal
- official selection -
Caminhos dos Cinema Português 2007
Mention Honorable of Juri - "Best Documentarie"
Festival ViMus Póvoa do Varzim - 2007
official selection -
V Bragacine- Festival Internacional de CinemaIndependente de Braga - 2007
- official selection -
Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro de Sta Mª da Feira 2006
- exhibition -
 Imagens sobre Música - Fonoteca de Lisboa – 21.11.2006
Fnac Coimbra – 10.12.2006
Ateneu de Coimbra – 12.12.2006
Mostra de Cinema e Videos Lusófonos - Moita – 02.2007
Figueira da Foz - Cinema no Forte - Ago08 - Portugal
Aveiro - Mercado Negro - Jan2011 - Portugal
Last Update in July 31st 2016