Archive of films IEC Long / IEC Long

Portugal
2014, 30 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2015

Macao, the former Portuguese colony on Chinese soil, was known as a center of fireworks production. The IEC Long factory, the last monument to the area's industrial past, today lies in ruins. The half-hour documentary captures the eerie silence and starkness of a place that for decades belched out products guaranteed to provide explosive fun.


Synopsis

Beginning in the 18th century, Macao, the former Portuguese colony on Chinese soil, was known as a center of fireworks production. The well-known IEC Long factory, the last monument to the area’s industrial past, today lies in ruins. “It was dangerous work, there were many explosions,” a former worker sadly comments, adding: “There were lots of dead people, many of whom were children... I lost many friends. Yes, these memories haunt me like ghosts.” The distinctive half-hour documentary captures the eerie silence and starkness of a place that for decades belched out products guaranteed to provide explosive fun.

Martin Horyna

About the director

João Pedro Rodrigues (b. 1966, Lisbon) attended Lisbon Film School. He went on to become an award-winning director whose films have screened at major festivals: Phantom (O Fantasma, 2000 – Venice) and Odete (2005 – Cannes). João Rui Guerra da Mata (Lourenço Marques, Mozambique) took greater participation in Rodrigues’ films after appearing in the director’s short Parabéns! (1997). His independent debut came with As the Flames Rose (O que arde cura, 2012).

Contacts

Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Dir. of Photography: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Editor: Tomás Baltazar, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
Producer: João Figueiras
Production: Blackmaria
Sales: Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency

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