Drifts (film)

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Drifts (Derivas) is a Portuguese feature-length film by Ricardo Costa (autobiography, comedy, docufiction, metafiction, experimental film[1][2]). The film is set in Lisbon, city which it portrays. It is the second independent film from an autobiographical sequel trilogy on Time and human wanderings.[3][4]

Mists, the first film of the trilogy, opened at the Venice Film Festival in 2003 and released in New York at the Quad Cinema in 2011.[5] The third and last film of the sequel is Cliffs (Arribas), in which the protagonist goes back to his homeland via time travel.[6] There he will face disquieting situations and puzzling characters.[7]


"A portrait of Lisbon drawn through the peregrinations of two unfitted venerable brothers across the city." (Cit. producer)


  • Producer Ricardo Costa (RC filmes)
  • Production – 2009/2013 [8]
  • Post-production – 2014/2016
  • Locations – Lisbon, Portugal
  • National premiere – 15 January 2016, organized by the University of Évora [9]
  • 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
  • Fernando Correia de Oliveira: the Time historian himself
  • Paulo Crawford: the astrophysicist himself
  • Helder Costa: Lunetas
  • Duarte Silva: the crazy young man
  • Guya Accornero: historian, herself
  • Goffredo Adinolfi: historian, himself
  • Lígia Pereira: herself
  • Argentina: herself
  • Quim: himself
  • Lisbon dwellers: themselves


  • 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, others
  • Co-editor, technical assistant, DCP builder – Pedro Caldeira
Li retouching a painting about a well known story.

See also[edit]

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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. The Situationist International and the Theory of the Derive : "The concept of the 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." Citation at City College of San Francisco, among other relevant references
  2. The derive, chapter from Critical Theories of Mass Media Then and Now by Paul Taylor and Jan Harris at Google books
  3. Faraways
  4. Language as a Historical Product: Drift, article by Edward Sapir at Bartleby.com
  5. Drifs – illustrated page
  6. Cliffs web page
  7. Cliffs at Faraways trilogy, producer’s page
  8. Drifts news by Fernando de Oliveira, journalist and historian on Time, 12 June 2012 (pt)
  9. National premiere organised by the Universidade de Évora on 15 January 2016

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