Noite by Flávio Pires

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This award-winning short (Best Film at Córtex – Sintra Short Film Festival 2012, National Competition) by Flávio Pires is a poignant depiction of a man – also played by Flávio Pires -, who spends his nights between the concert rooms where he performs with his band and the room where his sick grandmother lies waiting for him – and for death.
Despite being a movie in colour, Flávio Pires chooses to almost deny us the visual space between the scarce brightness that half illuminates the places where the character moves and the darkness – portraying the night – that surrounds them, by using a sharp and contrasting image throughout the movie.
Although the audience doesn’t get to know much about who the character is, the two main sequences that divide the short – the one in the bathroom, as he undresses the mask he wears during the first part of the night, and, later, the one in his grandmother’s room – work well enough to introduce all we need to know about (the night-part of) his life.

Flávio Pires, born in Porto, completed a master’s degree in Cinema and Audiovisual at Catholic University of Portugal, where he had already graduated in Sound and Image, back in 2009.
His projects, which also include Naufrágio (2009), Humanity? (2010) – screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival -, and Artur (2012) – his most awarded short-movie, including at Curtas Vila do Conde’s take one! competition – International Film Festival have mostly toured around Portuguese Short Film Festivals.

To know more about Flávio’s work, check his website http://flaviopires.com/