|UK Release Date||Friday, 22 April 2016|
|Cast||Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Américo Silva|
|Distributor||New Wave Films|
After opening with overlapping documentary portraits of a shipyard and a man staving off a nasty swarm of wasps, the director appears on screen, contemplating his overly ambitious undertaking. From these tentative beginnings, Gomes spins a satirical tale about the financial powers-that-be preying on Portugal’s vulnerability. Next up is the comic story of the role a rooster plays in a local election, followed by a sobering triptych of anecdotal interviews with unemployed citizens. Set just before the new year, they suggest that the turn of the calendar promises fresh troubles rather than new hope.