At first sight, the Portuguese military base of Alcochete seems paradoxically like a place of life. Given that shots can be fired there, humans occupy this land only under strictly controlled conditions, giving wildlife free reign to proliferate. While uniformed men perform strange rituals, people also raise bees and sheep, observe the sky, hear storms more keenly than elsewhere. High above this very special place, an almost celestial voice punctuates our discovery of it, recounting the destiny of humanity from the hour it was created by gods in need of entertainment. When the voice evokes the moment that humans began to tell stories, then were no longer able to distinguish fact from fiction, the nature of the film is called into question – it is hard to distinguish between the soldiers’ training exercises and the scenes specifically enacted for a film crew. On a scale that echoes human beings’ sense of immoderation, Campo dares to touch on the deepest questions – the origin, the end and, above all, meaning, as in the scene where a clearly Spinozian amateur astronomer asserts that “the only thing that distinguishes us from a stone, is our mobility”. But the mobile stones that we are never cease to be attracted by distant horizons, and war may be the most perfect symptom of a spirit of conquest that ultimately proves to be deadly.
Director and producer, Tiago Hespanha graduated in architecture in Coimbra, Portugal, attended a documentary directing workshop held by Les Ateliers Varan in Lisbon in 2006 and holds a Master’s in creative documentary from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. He directed the documentaries: Revolução Industrial (co-directed by Frede – rico Lobo, 2014), Visita Guiada (2009), O Presente que Veio de Longe (2008), Quinta da Curraleira (2006).
- PRODUCTION : João Matos (TERRATREME FILMES), Leonor Noivo (TERRATREME FILMES), Luisa Homem (TERRATREME FILMES), Pedro Pinho (TERRATREME FILMES), Susana Nobre (TERRATREME FILMES), Tiago Hespanha (TERRATREME FILMES)