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by Tiago Guedes


Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes addresses the theme of absence and of the pain of growth in a unusual (adj. which is not vulgar, rare) way. It tells us the story of a girl (s.f. 1. a female child; 2. a very young single woman) who, in order to solve a problem, decides to look for the only person she believes that can help her: the prime minister. The economic crisis, a teddy bear with suicidal tendencies named Judy Garland, the Discovery Channel, a black panther and the Russian playwright or Bulgarian scientist Anton Tchekhov are all part of this heroic adventure (sf 1. extraordinary journey, 2. unexpected event that comes and deserves to be reported, 3. chance).

international title: Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes
original title: Tristeza e alegria na vida das girafas
country: Portugal
sales agent: Portugal Film
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Tiago Guedes
film run: 109'
release date: PT 21/11/2019
screenplay: Tiago Guedes
cast: Maria Abreu, Tónan Quito, Miguel Borges, Gonçalo Waddington, Miguel Guilherme
cinematography by: João Lança Morais
film editing: Tiago Guedes, Jerónimo Rocha
art director: Fernando Ribeiro
costumes designer: Inês Mariana Moitas, Sandra Neves
music: Manuel Cruz
producer: Frederico Serra
executive producer: Tiago Gomes Rodrigues
line producer: Andreia Nunes
production: Take it Easy
distributor: NOS Audiovisuais
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