Like every year, little Salomé returns to her family’s village for the summer vacation. When her adored grandmother suddenly dies, and while the adults tear each other to pieces over the funeral, Salomé is haunted by the spirit of the woman that people believed to be a witch.
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Cristèle Alves Meira
An actress by training, Cristèle Alves Meira first worked as a theater director. She staged Les Nègres and Splendid’s by Genet as well as Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet. She directed her first documentary in Cape Verde, Som & Morabeza, in which she poses questions of immigration in Portuguese-speaking settings in Africa through the theme of music; then through the prism of Angolan youth to explore its social realities with Born in Luanda.
She went on to direct two fictional shorts, one summer film and one winter film, in her mother’s village in Trás-os-Montes: Sol Blanco was selected at “Premiers plans,” “Entrevues Belfort,” “Côté Court,” etc. Campo de Víboras was selected, amongst others, at the Critics’ Week, IndieLisboa (Young Talent’s Prize), and Clermont-Ferrand. Her short film Invisível Herói was presented at the Critics’ Week in 2019 as a special screening, at IndieLisboa in May 2019 (Ecumenical Jury’s Prize), as well as at Clermont-Ferrand (Award for Best European Film). Cristèle Alves Meira then directed Tchau-Tchau in 2020, selected at the FIFIB in Bordeaux (Prize for Best Short Film), Clermont-Ferrand, and “Côté Court.” Her first feature film Alma Viva, selected at the Critics’ Week in 2022, will be released in France in March 2023 and will be previewed at the Poitiers Film Festival.