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by Sandro Aguilar


Each character in A zona has to deal with the loss of a loved one. A man observes his father’s body lying on the white hospital sheets, only moving because of the artificial respirator that keeps him alive. A panic-stricken pregnant woman holds on tight to her husband in an ambulance, as medical staff try to resuscitate him. In an apartment, the man tries to get used to the disembodied space where his father lived. The father’s dog is still there, but his presence in no way attenuates the feeling of profound emptiness that emanates from the place. A couple expecting a baby live in the remote countryside, but one night the husband goes out and does not come back. These men and women seem anaesthetised by their overwhelming grief. Survivors walking in spaces almost devoid of life, they stumble forward, seeking a place to rest.

international title: Uprise
original title: A Zona
country: Portugal
sales agent: Abril Cinema
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Sandro Aguilar
film run: 99'
screenplay: Sandro Aguilar
cast: Isabel Abreu, António Pedroso, Gustavo Sumpta, Cátia Afonso, Tiago Barbosa, Guilherme Pina Cabral
cinematography by: Paulo Ares
film editing: Sandro Aguilar
producer: Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano
production: O Som e a Fúria
distributor: O Som e a Fúria
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