This movie was directed in order to homage the poet Sebastião Alba, through Antonin Artaud’s poem “Pursuit of Fecality”. In this movie we can also find poems by Alba, as well as the director, Ricardo Leite.
The movie was shot entirely in Braga, where the poet lived his last years, prior to his death.
The evoked cross, the cross of fecal matter, of decadence and defy is a symbol of words and images, shared by Alba, Artaud and the director. There is a cross between body and essence, fecal matter and relatives in a tragic and cruel poetic game.
Sebastião Alba is born in Braga on March 11, 1940. He spends his childhood years in Torre de Dona Chama. Aged 9, he ships to Mozambique. When he is 13, enticed by his father, he stars reading various classical novels. Furthermore, he keeps on reading at his own will. When he is 21 he joins the army of Continente Geral in Boane, about 13 miles from Lourenço Marques. He flees, only to get caught and acused of smuggling military items, he was arrested and tortured for 2 years. But he kept supporting FRELIMO against the portuguese army. Aged 26 he publishes his first book – Poesias, in Quelimane. He works as a reporter and gets acquainted with the depths of Mozambique.
He gets married in 1969 with Felisbela. Two daughters are born out of this wedlock, Sónia and Neide. In 1974 his brother and close friend dies in an automobile accident, a huge loss for him. That same year, his book “O Ritmo do Presságio” is released, from the collection “O som e o Sentido”, in the Academical bookshop of Lourenço Marques. He teaches Political Economics as well as other subjects in a workshop organized by “Frelimo”. In 1978, “A Noite Dividida” is published. In 1983 he leaves Mozambique to go back to Braga with his family. His life starts degenerating at this point, living in rental rooms, drinking, as well as not having a steady job. He gets a divorce in 1993, and his life keeps sinking.
In the following year, he starts getting noticed. People start searching for him looking for and interview or just to talk to him. He is now a literary reference. He lives in shelters and in church doorsteps, walking around town, drinking and writing.
October 20th 2000, he dies in a hit and run accident. Alba leaves a note to his brother saying “If someday they find your brother Dinis, he will be easy to recognize: two shoes, the clothes in his body and some sheets of paper the police won’t understand.”

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Direction, Screenplay and Editing
Ricardo Leite

Assistant Directors:
Luís Costa
Tiago Afonso

Actor
Man – Luís Costa

Camera
Ricardo Leite
Tiago Afonso

Cinematography
Mariana Figueroa

Producers
Ricardo Leite
Mariana Figueroa

Super 8 Camera
Canon 814

Film
Orwo

Laboratories
Andecfilm Berlin
ADF Brussels
Átomo47, Porto

Still Photography
Mariana Figueroa

Texts and poetry
Antonin Artaud – A Busca da Fecalidade
Sebastião Alba – A Noite Dividida
Ricardo Leite – Poesias

Titles Design
Ricardo Leite
Mariana Figueroa

Soundtrack
Peer Gynt – Grieg – Suite nº2
London Philarmonic Orchestra – 1950

This film was shot and edited by hand in super 8 format

Digitized at 2K FULL-HD frame by frame

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