Alma Viva

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Like every summer, little Salomé returns to her family village nestled in the Portuguese mountains for the holidays. As the vacations begin in a carefree atmosphere, her beloved grandmother suddenly dies. While the adults are tearing each other apart over the funeral, Salomé is haunted by the spirit of the one who was considered a witch. Exploring one of the most powerful rising feminist discourses – that of witch hunting – this mesmerizing film with the sun-scorched cinematography deploys the power of magic realism to craft a coming-of-age tale like no other.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Cristèle Alves Meira
Script: Cristèle Alves Meira, Laurent Lunetta
Cinematography: Rui Poças
Editing: Pierre Deschamps
Sound: Amaury Arboun
Music: Amine Bouhafa
Actors: Lua Michel, Ana Padrão, Jacqueline Corado, Catherine Salée, Duarte Pina
Production: Fluxus Films, Midas Filmes, Entre Chien Et Loup
Producers: Gaëlle Mareschi, Pedro Borges
Co-production: Mathematic, Les Films Pelléas, Studio Exception
Co-producers: Raquel Morte, Sébastien Delloye
Costumes: Maura Carneiro
Production Design: Rafael Mathé
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France, Portugal, Belgium
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 88΄
Contact: Kinology

Cristèle Alves Meira

Trained as an actress, Cristèle Alves Meira began her career as a theater director. She then directed a documentary in Cape Verde, Som & Morabeza, and one in Angola, Born in Luanda, before tackling short fiction films in Portugal: Sol Branco, then Campo de Víboras, selected at the Cannes Critics’ Week, as well as her next short film, Invisível Herói. Cristèle then directed Tchau-Tchau, her latest short film.


2014 Sol Branco (short)
2016 Campo de Víboras (short)
2021 Invisível Herói (short)
2021 Tchau-Tchau (short)
2021 Alma Viva