The Old House, O Casarão | Creative feature documentary. In production. Teaser. The collective experiences of a generation of seminarists who decided to give up their “calling”. The last days of a complex that, for years, took in those same boys with the promise of a better life. From their scattered memories, The Old House challenges the viewer to embark on a first-person voyage inside a paradox: the contradiction of finding freedom in an unlikely place during a dictatorship. But this documentary also portrays rural Portugal at the present time. The mission of a caretaker lost between two eras; the idleness of a group of children with too much time on their hands; the return of an outsider of Portuguese descent to his homeland; the aspirations of an entire village projecting onto a building the promise of a better future. A cinematic object based on a dialogue between the rural Portugal of the Estado Novo and the present day, The Old House invites us to reflect on the process of human maturation and growth to the rhythm of the country’s laicization process. O Casarão is a Blablabla Media production directed by Filipe Araújo with the financial support of ICA – Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, SPA – Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores and RTP (the Portuguese public television).

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