LETTERS FROM WAR
by Ivo M. Ferreira
1971. António Lobo Antunes life is brutally interrupted when he is drafted into the Portuguese Army to serve as a doctor in one of the worst zones of the Colonial War – the East of Angola. Away from everything dear he writes letters to his wife while he is immersed in an increasingly violent setting. While he moves between several military posts he falls in love for Africa and matures politically. At his side, an entire generation struggles and despairs for the return home. In the uncertainty of war events, only the letters can make him survive.
IVO M. FERREIRA was born in Lisbon in 1975. The taste for cinema comes very soon : after finishing high school in an Arts School, with a Photography and Audiovisual Communication diploma, he enrolls at the London Film School and the University of Budapest, and then starts traveling.
On a trip through Asia, he gets to Macau, where he directs and produces his first documentary. He is then invited by EXPO98 to direct a second film.
A brief but remarkable passage through Angola in 2000, while working with the Elinga Theater, arises his interest for the country and PALOPS, where he directs anthropological documentaries.
Besides shorts and documentaries, Ivo directed two feature films: APRIL SHOWERS in 2009, premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival and EM VOLTA (2002) presented in Bangkok International Film Festival.
He currently lives in Macau, P.R. of China, which is reflected in his former film ON THE DRAGON’s FLAKE made for Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture.
LETTERS FROM WAR is his third feature film and biggest project.
2016 LETTERS FROM WAR
2009 ÁGUAS MIL
2009 VAI COM O VENTO (DOCUMENTARY)
2006 FIOS DE FIAR (DOCUMENTARY)
2003 À PROCURA DE SABINO (DOCUMENTARY)
2003 SOIA DI PRÍNCIPE (DOCUMENTARY)
2002 EM VOLTA
2001 ANGOLA EM CENA (DOCUMENTARY)
1997 O HOMEM DA BICICLETA - DIÁRIO DE MACAU (DOCUMENTARY)
Miguel Nunes - António
Margarida Vila-Nova - Maria José
Ricardo Pereira - Major M.
João Pedro Vaz - Captain
Director Ivo M. Ferreira
Screenplay Ivo M. Ferreira, Edgar Medina
Director of Photography João Ribeiro
Sound Ricardo Leal
Set Decoration Nuno G. Mello
Costumes Lucha d'Orey
Editor Sandro Aguilar
Co-producers Georges Schoucair, Michel Merkt
Producers Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar
Format: DCP / black & white
Length: 105 min.
Original Language: Portuguese
ORIGINAL TITLE: CARTAS DA GUERRA