The Flame of a Candle

André Gil Mata
so-cle (FR)
  • Duration : 109' |
  • Language : Portuguese |
  • Shooting format : Super 16mm

A house of green azulejos, a garden, a magnolia. A house of green azulejos, a garden, a magnolia.Rooms full of objects from past lives here. Traces of time, Rooms full of objects from past lives here. Traces of time, gestures and affects.

André Gil Mata

Director, producer and screenwriter (São João da Madeira, Portugal). He studied mathematics, photography and theater. In 2008, founded the photography and cinema lab Átomo47 and the film production company

Bando à Parte. In 2010 he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. “Arca d’Água”(2009), the debut film received several awards and was selected for international festivals. “House”(2010) his second-short, premiered at IndieLisboa’01. “The Gravedigger” (2012) received the Méliès d’Argent Award and the Best Film Award at MotelX and Best Animation at FIKE and Caminhos de Cinema Português. “Captivity” (2012),his first-feature received the DocAlliance Award in Cannes (2013) and was awarded at DocLisboa, Olhar do Cinema Curitiba and Cáceres. “Kako sam se Zaljubio u Evu Ras” (2016), his second-feature received the Jury;s Special Mention at the FIDMarseille international competition in 2016. In 2017, he directed the short film “Num Globo de Neve” (Tree of Life Award at IndieLisboa). He has a PhD in Direction at film.factory, Sa- rajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016). Drvo – A Árvore (2018), his most recent feature film, had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum 2018, was awarded in Lima, Lisbon and Coimbra, was commercially released in Portugal (2018) and in France (May 2021) and was considered one of the 10 best films premiered in France in 2021 by Fernando Ganzo in Cahiers du Cinéma. His films have been shown at festivals and are shown all over the world.

He is one of the founders of the film cooperative Rua Escura. In Rua Escura he produced, “Pátio do Carrasco” his most recent film, premiered at the IFFR – International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and Campos Belos by David Ferreira premièred in last Curtas-Vila do Conde. He is currently finishing the feature film “Sob a Chama da Candeia”, and is researching and raising funds for the feature films “Frãcisco Dolãda and “O Escapulário”, all of which are supported by ICA (Portuguese Film Institute) for writing and development of film projects.

As well as writing screenplays for all his films, he wrote Ubu with Paulo Abreu and Campos Belos with David Ferreira. He was director of photography on films directed by Manel Raga Raga, Pilar Palomero, Lea Triboulet and Maria Clara Escobar, among others. His work has been the subject of retrospectives at Batalha Centro de Cinema (February, Porto, 2023), Doc’s Kingdom Seminar (Arcos de Valdevez, 2019) and the Luso Brazilian Film Festival (Santa Maria da Feira,2012), and in 2021 the book “André’s Gil Mata’s Cinema: Some Light in the Dark” was published by Batalha Centro de Cinema.He teaches film directing at Escola Superior Artística do Porto.

República Portuguesa Cultura