As Rosas Brancas

A group of people dance at a sports ground to the music of Supertramp. The siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow, wearing floral wreaths in their hair. The father directs them. They embrace one another. Memories are invoked by pictures enclosed inside Gabriel's, the brother's, amulet. The mother is dead - how will they fill the void she left behind? Each individual family member tries to find their way, is obliged to redefine their course. Calm are the images and gestures that lead us through this film. The colours of night are also the colours of mourning. Mystical imagery and thoughts tangibly resound in the here and now. Who has the stronger powers of recollection - the horse or the elephant? Of the utmost importance however, is the question of how to proceed with the mother inside one's heart. "There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am." (Supertramp)


  • Runtime

    20' min
  • Country

    Portugal, United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Diogo Costa Amarante
  • Cast

    Carolina Tamez, Cristina Tamez, Francisco Rodriguez, Oisín Monaghan
  • Production Company

  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Short Film

Biography Diogo Costa Amarante

Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1982, he graduated in law before making his documentary JUMATE/JUMATE which, along with his short film DOWN HERE, screened at numerous international festivals. In 2009 he participated in the Berlinale Talents. He is currently completing a degree in film at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York.

Filmography Diogo Costa Amarante

2007 Jumate / Jumate | 2008 In January, Perhaps | 2009 We have legs / Time flies | 2011 Down here | 2013 As Rosas Brancas | 2017 Cidade Pequena (Small Town)