“An extraordinary narrative, loaded with facts and symbols.” | João de Melo, novelist
“A touching testimony, full of roots and faces.” | Maria Inês Gomes, Cinema Sétima Arte
“A beautiful personal poem, in the limbo between documentary and fiction. ” | Filipe Pedro, Lusa
“The Old House allows you to travel. And breathe. ” | António Marujo, Sete Margens
“An essential documentary. ” | Miguel Mira, Caminhos do Cinema Português Film Festival
Over the course of the southern European dictatorships of the 20th century, access to education was a luxury. For a long time, Catholic seminaries, generally conservative and aligned with the regime, were the only academic path for less privileged young men. This is a story about what remains of the derelict walls of the most progressive seminary in Portugal – the country with the longest dictatorship in Europe.
THE OLD HOUSE, O Casarão | Documentary. Portugal, 72′ / 52′. Dec. 2020. DCP – 2K, available in 7.1 and 5.1. An old house withers away at the heart of a village ripped in half by a road where cars no longer stop. During the dictatorship, this building was the most progressive Catholic seminary in Portugal. António, the front door neighbour, was brought up and raised a family in its shadow. Ever since the Dominican priests left, he has been its most faithful caretaker – keeper of ghosts, memories, and hallways now emptied of life. Abandoned for years, the town’s former epicentre now hopes for a new life. 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).
Screening in the Portuguese cinemas from 18 November 2021 to 19 January 2022