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Directed by Ricardo Costa
Produced by RC filmes
Written by Ricardo Costa
Starring Ricardo Costa, the "hero"
Cinematography Ricardo Costa
Distributed by RCfilmes
Release date(s) 2003
Running time 78 min.
Country Portugal
Language Portuguese

Mists (Brumas), 2003, is a Portuguese independent feature-length film by Ricardo Costa, a docufiction.

Nonlinear narrative, it is an auto-biography, a voyage to childhood. Shot with no state funds (uncommon situation in Portuguese film production) it is an art film. Formal simplicity[1] – associated with a non conventional, sober and fluid narrative[2][3][4] of Time and human condition – is common to most of Ricardo Costa’s films. For him, narrative involves necessarily mise-en-scène and that’s why documentary (real life) tends to turn into fiction. This tendency is fully assumed with Mists, the third Costa’s docufiction, after Changing Tides (1976) and Bread and Wine (1981).

Mists is the first film from a new sequel

Mists premiered at the 60th Venice Film Festival (New Territories – 2003), was released in Portugal on 16 November 2006 and opened in New York at the Quad Cinema on March 23, 2011, event followed by other screenings outside the city.[7][8]


Back to his birthplace (Peniche, a Portuguese fishermen town) more than fifty years after he saw Maria José, who used to be a maid at his parents’ house, when he was a child, the “hero” (the film director) meets her again in the summer of 2011. She is now a mother, grandmother and a great grandmother, with the sea embedded in her soul.

Reflecting what the hero’s eyes observe, the camera follows those steps, moves backwards, and then it lurches forward, suggesting a disquieting outcome of situations of these days, like those of the September 11. «The boys who live around her tell the same story in a different way. To make that possible, all it takes is a flick-knife, a handsaw, a broom stick, bamboo canes, floaters from the sardine nets, a few magic tricks».


  • The hero – Ricardo Costa
  • The grandmother – Maria José
  • Her grandson – Rudolfo
  • Her grand grandson – David
  • Her daughters – Isabel, Beta
  • Her sons – Henrique, Paulo
  • Her friends – Maria Velha, Maria Joaquina, Maria Bernardina
  • The ancient prisoner – (Portuguese) Dias Lourenço himself as a film character[9]
  • The old photographer – Luis Correia Peixoto[10]
  • The hero’s friend – Isaura

See also


External links

  • Movie Reviews (resume with Portuguese translation)
  • Movie reviews (print)
  • Texas A&M University page
  • Museu Municipal de Peniche (film location) at Lifecooler
  • Mists at the 60th Venice Film Festival: line-up at IndieWire (2003) premiere
  • Village Voice — Films opened March 23, 2011 US release
  • News, 23 March 2011 US release
  • Mists – Portuguese American Journal, News, 22 March 2011 US release
  • Mists at Film Up (Italian)
  • Mists at The Complete Index To World Film since 1895
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