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directed by Basil Da Cunha

SWITZERLAND Fiction, 107 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese SCREENPLAY: Basil Da Cunha, Saadi, in collaboration with Martin Drouot CAST: Michael Spencer, Marco Joel Fernandes, Alexandre Da Costa Fonseca, Iara Cardoso PRODUCTION: Thera Production, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCERS: Julien Rouyet, Kaspar Schiltknecht

WORLD SALES: Wide, Paris www.widemanagement.com WORLD PREMIERE: Locarno Film Festival 2019 INTERNATIONAL PRESS: Alibi Communications Brigitta Portier brigittaportier@ alibicommunications.be T +32 477 98 25 84

Fiction

BASIL DA CUNHA * 1985. Basil da Cunha received his BA in Cinema at Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève) in 2012 and has been working as lecturer for the renowned film school since his gradu­ation. He is known for his award-winning shorts NEXT DOOR (2009), screened in Compe­tition in Locarno as well as for SUNFISH (2011) and THE LIVING ALSO CRY (2012) both presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. His first feature AFTER THE NIGHT (2013) also premiered at the Quinzaine.

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After eight years in a correctional school, Spira returns to Reboleira, a slum which is being demolished in the Lisbon suburbs. While he goes back to his friends and family, Kikas, one of the neighbourhood’s old drug dealers, makes it clear that he is not welcome.

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