“The starting point of this film was the stories told by Ventura. We were in the same place when the Carnation Revolution broke out in Portugal in 1974. I had the chance to be a young boy in a revolution and suddenly I could discover and experience music, politics, films, girls, all at the same time. I was happy, I was yelling in the streets, I was taking part in the occupations of schools and factories. I was 13 and it blinded me.
It took me four decades to realize that my friend, Ventura, was in the same places in tears and terrified, hiding with his comrades like him from immigration. He told me his memories of a time spent in what he calls his “prison,” where he fell into a long deep sleep. I can hardly say more, it’s all in the film, and the shooting was devastating, we shook a lot. Ventura is desperately trying to remember, but this is not necessarily the best thing. So I think we made this film to forget. Really to forget, and to be done with it.” (Pedro Costa)