Histories of wolves

Synopsis

“Histories of Wolves” is a collection of stories about wolves in the northern mountains of Portugal. Among the rocky ranges, there is a village called Pitões das Junias. At nightfall, shepherds gather and tell stories. Myths, legends, stories of death, are told. These tales of werewolves and humans are as alive now as they were centuries ago.

Bio-filmography of the director

Agnes Meng is a documentary filmmaker and a cinematographer. She graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University; and “Docnomads” Erasmus Joint Master that involves studying at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest and LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. Agnes has a background in filmmaking, journalism and anthropology, she worked as an anthropology research assistant in south west China and Tibet.
Her first short documentary "Histories of Wolves" premiered at 25th Hotdocs Canadian International Documentary Festival, it was screened in the international competition section at Indielisboa 2018, Makedox 2018, and won the best short documentary award at 21st Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, becoming eligible for the Oscars in 2019.

Director's note

This film presents an eerie and timeless feeling, a feeling as though something is in the air, an atmosphere of the things we know from the stories people tell.
However, because the stories are not told anymore, there is a mixture of feeling horror but also a loss, a kind of melancholy that stays, surrounds and embraces the reality.




Cast

Joaquina da Anta; Maria Carvalho; Domingos Dias Gonçalves Lucinda Carvalho; Maria Emília Veloso; Maria Afonso






Crew

Director: Agnes Meng Assistant director: José Fernandes Cinematography: Agnes Meng Additional Camera: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Direct sound: Agnes Meng; José Fernandes; Mário Gajo de Carvalho Editor: Agnes Meng Sound design: Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Agnes Meng Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Agnes Meng




Datasheet

22 minutes   /   Image: 16x9  /  Sound: Stereo   /  Format: HD   /  Documentary