TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 5:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 12:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Portugal
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Animal Magnetism
Film Subjects:Animals & Animal Rights
Ecology & the Environment
War, Conflict & the Military
Southern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tiago Hespanha
Producer(s):João Matos
Leonor Noivo
Luisa Homem
Pedro Pinho
Susana Nobre
Tiago Hespanha
Editor(s):Francisco Moreira
Tiago Hespanha
Cinematography:Tiago Hespanha
Rui Xavier
Luisa Homem
Cláudia Varejão
Paulo Menezes
João Vladimiro
Vasco Viana
Sound:Eva Valiño
Alejandro Castillo


In Latin, campo ("field") is the flat terrain where animals are bred and soldiers trained, the arena where life and death are decided. Tiago Hespanha explores this semantic tension in an essay shot on the Alcochete firing range, one of the largest military bases in Europe, just outside Lisbon. Ironically drawing from myths constructed by humankind to justify its superiority over the animal world, the director contrasts bizarre army drills with bucolic vignettes. While recruits play at war with state-of-the-art weaponry, a biologist listens to birds, a herder breeds sheep and wildlife lurks in the dark. The sound of gunfire inspires a young piano player, and mechanical bees will soon replace their natural counterparts for both pollination and military operations. This philosophical tale of hubris casts an acute gaze on the ephemerality and arrogance of certain human activities. Charlotte Selb

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