Tommy Guns

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63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

In 1974, after years of civil war, the Portuguese and their descendants fled the colony of Angola where independentist groups gradually claimed their territory back. While a tribal girl discovers love and death when her path crosses that of a young Portuguese soldier, a group of Portuguese soldiers barracked inside an infinite wall are called to escape once the past comes out of the grave to claim its long-awaited justice. Borrowing its original title from the lyrics of Portugal’s national anthem, this visually arresting and uncompromising film is at once a relentless study of colonialism and a parable of the devastation of warfare. Blending genres and tones, this imagi-nation in chiaroscuro is an ode to male beauty and mortality, vaguely alluding to the quasi-metaphysical cinema of Pedro Costa.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Carlos Conceição
Script: Carlos Conceição
Cinematography: Vasco Viana
Editing: António Gonçalves
Sound: Xavier Thieulin, Rafael Cardoso
Actors: João Arrais, Anabela Moreira, Gustavo Sumpta, Miguel Amorim, Vicente Gil, André Cabral, Ivo Arroja
Production: Terratreme, Mirabilis, Virginie Films
Producers: Leonor Noivo, João Matos, Luisa Homem, Pedro Pinho, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha
Co-producers: Virginie Lacombe, Arnaud Quesada
Costumes: Patrícia Dória
Production Design: Artur Pinheiro
Executive producer: Leonor Noivo
Make Up: Márcia Lourenço
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Portugal, France, Angola
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 120΄
Contact: Wide
Awards/Distinctions: Best European Film Award & Youth Jury Award – Locarno IFF 2022

Carlos Conceição

Carlos Conceição was born in Angola. He first came to Locarno with his short film Versailles in 2013. His shorts Goodnight Cinderella and Bad Bunny premiered in Cannes and his first feature-length film Serpentarius was widely acclaimed after its premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2019. The hour-long horror film Name Above Title has made a few Top-10 lists in 2021 and garnered the notorious Méliès d’Argent.


2010 The Flesh (short)
2011 Hell, or Pool Keeping (short)
2013 Versailles (short)
2017 Bad Bunny (short)
2019 Serpentarius
2022 Tommy Guns