Director: Hugo Vieira da Silva

Hugo Vieira da Silva, born in 1974 in Porto, studied cinema in Lisbon and then in Berlin. He directed documentaries and three feature films. Body Rice (2006), brings together three teenagers, one German and two Portuguese, in an enclave in Alentejo, which becomes a physical and mental desert. The film won Special Mention in Locarno and several other awards. Swans (2011), shot in Berlin, is presented at the 2011 Berlinale Forum. Hugo lived in Berlin for 9 years and has been living in Vienna for several years. «Distance allowed me to look at Portugal differently, its identity, its history». An Outpost of Progress, one of the very few Portuguese films about expansion in Africa at the end of the 19th century, plays on colonial contradictions and the ambiguous relations between colonists and colonized, between Europeans and Africans. His short film La Perfection (2020) puts European myths to the test. Currently, he is preparing Loin de la route, which examines the ambiguous relationship between Victor Segalen and Paul Gauguin, a relationship that the writer forged during his journey to Tahiti in the footsteps of the recently deceased painter.

An Outpost of Progress

Two whites, dressed in the uniform of the white colonial settler, arrive in the Congolese jungle to manage an ivory trafficking post, on behalf of a company in Lisbon. Facing the almost burlesque duo, the Congolese foreman Makola holds the …