Journey to Portugal Treblinka The City of the Dead Alentejo, Alentejo Sérgio Tréfaut FAUX PORTUGUÊS

  • Synopsis
    Journey to Portugal is a politically engaged film about European procedures at airport border control and the inhuman treatment that has become totally accepted nowadays.
    Of all the passengers on her plane, Maria is the only one to be detained and interrogated by the Immigration Police. The situation turns into a nightmare when the Police officers realize that the man waiting for Maria at the airport is Senegalese. Illegal immigration? Human trafficking? Anyhing is possible. Journey to Portugal is based on a true story.

  • Reviews
    The Jury of the XX Spirit of Fire International Film Festival (Khanty-Mansiysk - Siberia) directed by the Georgian filmmaker Rezo Chkheidze gave the Golden Taiga Award (first prize) to the feature film "Journey to Portugal" by Sérgio Tréfaut for its sobriety and modernity. Based on a true story, the film portrays with courage and efficiency the abuse of power and the denial of basic dignity rights by the airport immigration police.
    Moritz de Hadeln

  • «Journey to Portugal is a great film not just because it defies convention, but because at the same time it tells a story well worth telling. Two sublime performances from Maria de Medeiros and Isabel Ruth.»
    Pedro Ponte, Antecinema

  • «It is impossible to confuse Tréfaut’s first feature-length fiction film with any other. It is distinctive, daring, structured and has substance. Clearly made with limited resources, Tréfaut has the good taste to make it simple and beautiful.»
    Alexandre Borges, Jornal i

    «Magnificent camera work.»
    André Santos, Time Out

    «Tréfaut manages to focus the viewers’ attention on what really matters - the human side of the story. Wonderfully conveyed by Maria Medeiros in her most captivating screen performance in years, and by a spine-chilling Isabel Ruth. A revelation.»
    Jorge Mourinha, Público