Drifts (docufiction)

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Drifts (Derivas) is a Portuguese feature-length film by Ricardo Costa (autobiography, comedy, docufiction, metafiction, experimental film [1] [2]).

Set in Lisbon, city which it portrays, it is the second independent film from an autobiographical sequel trilogy on Time and human wanderings. [1] [2] Mists (Brumas), the first film of the trilogy, opened at the 60th Venice International Film Festival in 2003 and released in New York at the Quad Cinema in 2011. The third and last film of the sequel is Cliffs (Arribas), in which the protagonist goes back to his homeland via time travel. There he will face disquieting situations and puzzling characters. [3]

The national premiere of Drifts took place at the cine-club of the Universidade de Évora, on January 22, 2015 [4]


Drifts is "a portrait of Lisbon drawn through the peregrinations of two unfitted venerable brothers across the city" (cit. producer). Alone, each of them wanders the city in his own way in search of the unexpected to refresh his soul. When they are at home, each of them tells his story, giving rise to a mutual confrontation, tempered with irony, thus consolidating a friendship weakened by long absences. [5] [6] [7]


  • Producer Ricardo Costa (RC filmes)
  • Production – 2009/2013
  • Post-production – 2014/2016
  • Locations – Lisbon
  • National premiere – January 15, 2016, organized by the University of Évora cine-club
  • World release – waiting
NOTE : “Self-financed film with the collaboration of students from several Lisbon film schools and universities, close friends, trustful citizens, private and public institutions”. Cit. producer's words
António, Ricardo’s brother, meets a parrot in Alfama, where there are plenty.
António’s twin brother?...


  • Ricardo Costa : Ricardo (the photographer) and his brother António (the clockmaker)
  • Joana Duque : Mariana
  • Luis Cousinha : Antonio’s clockmaker friend himself [8]
  • Fernando Correia de Oliveira : the Time historian himself [9]
  • Paulo Crawford : the astrophysicist himself [10]
  • Helder Costa : Lunetas
  • Duarte Silva : the crazy young man
  • Guya Accornero : Italian historian, herself [11]
  • Goffredo Adinolfi : Italian historian, himself [12]
  • Lígia Pereira (Li) : herself
  • Argentina : herself
  • Quim : himself
  • Lisbon dwellers : themselves
Li painting a sad story


  • Script – Ricardo Costa
  • Director – Ricardo Costa
  • Editing – Ricardo Costa, Pedro Caldeira
  • Cinematography and camera – Miguel Serra, Ricardo Costa
  • Sound operators – Nuno Cruz, Nuno Sopa, Pedro Melo, Ana Reis
  • Camera assistants – Hugo Alho, Miguel Malheiros, Edivaldo Simões, Ana Teles, Ricardo Duarte, Nuno Antoniotti, António Marques, David Marques, João Brandão and others
  • Co-editor, technical assistant, DCP[disambiguation needed] builder – Pedro Caldeira

See also[edit]

  • Dérive
  • Docucomedy
  • Docufiction
  • Documentary comedy
  • Flâneur
  • Guerrilla filmmaking
  • Metafilm
  • No budget film
  • TAXI, a film on Tehran by Jafar Panahi (2015) Related


  1. Farways
  2. Estação Cronográfica em filme de Ricardo Costa – news at Estação Cronográfica, November 1, 2012
  3. Cliffs
  4. Drifts premiered at the cine-club of the Universidade de Évora, January 22, 2015
  5. The concept of derive was promoted as a strategy aimed at enabling people on an individual level to work with others to identify and chronicle those areas of cities which provided evidence of phenomena resistant to mainstream commercial society.
  6. The dérive is refereed (page 112) in the paper Critical Theories of Mass Media: Then and Now by Paul A.Taylor and Jan Harris in these terms : “In keeping with principles of the Situationist International, psychogeography as theory implied its own particular form of praxis, namely the dérive. This described a sort of spontaneous drift through the cityscape that rejected the logical order of the city, in order to discover its secret singularities of space and atmosphere”
  7. Language as a Historical Product: Drift – text by Edward Sapir at Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech, 1921
  8. Capital's clock back on form thanks to Cousinha (news at The Portugal News)
  9. Fernando Correia de Oliveira at Google’s sites
  10. Paulo Crawford at Academia, University of Lisbon
  11. Guya Accornero at Academia, University of Lisbon
  12. Goffredo Adinolfi at Academia, University of Lisbon

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