Remains of the Wind

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Directed by: Tiago Guedes

In a village in northern Portugal, a rite of passage leaves irreversible scars on young Laureano, who is beaten by three other teenagers. Twenty-five years later, Laureano is still living on the outskirts of the village. The aggressors, now men, meet one night to celebrate the village festival. As night falls, an event brings the past to the surface and tragedy sets in. Remains of the Wind is a beautifully made and captivating drama about mob behaviour, intergenerational male toxicity, and injustice. Premiering as a Special Screening at Cannes, the film is a smart, provocative, and completely engaging portrait of a small town with a sickness at its heart. —Europa! Europa Film Festival

“A palpable sense of menace hovers over the proceedings … There’s much here that’s ominous about a close-knit community trapped by its customs.”

Tim Grierson, Screen International

In Portuguese with English subtitles
127 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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