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A Present Light


On a rainy night, a sad man leaves his home to deliver a letter to someone who recently left him. At a corner, he meets a woman who warns him about the slippery road. This is how I met Diana. Suffering from a heartbreak, Gonçalo falls from his motorbike.

Diana, dressed in a blue sequin gown, calls out to a man on a motorcycle from under a spinning disco ball on the street; “Beware of slippery grounds, it’s dangerous.”

Moments of connections in our world are fleeting and yet they linger; much like the cool palette and surrealist energy of Brazilian short A Present Light. In dreamlike tableaux of mundane city life, Diana stands out like the incongruous disco ball in the street. Her magic pervades the screen as she adds her flare to every environment she encounters, like red nail polish on the bannisters. As she comes to the aid of the injured motorcyclist, we are witness to the lost souls of the city, who find moments of refuge in one another, as they brush against the extraordinary in the everyday of urbanity. Fragments of connection soothe the heart as the lonely finds a companion and the star finds an admirer, if only briefly.

Grace Coletta Feinmann 

Director's filmography: Small Town (2016), The White Roses (2014), Down Here (2011), Em Janeiro, talvez (2009), Jumate / Jumate (2008)


  • Director Diogo Costa Amarante
  • Country Portugal
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 19 min
  • Scottish Premiere


Bill Douglas Award 1: Bids for Connection (N/C 18+)

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