Nunca estive tão perto
: o cinema como expressão da espera e do lugar

  • Francisca Dores Leal (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This theoretical-practical project proposes thinking about contemporary places and their metamorphoses in the context of cities and globalisation. In this research, the countryside - the rural peripheries - and the city are understood as a whole, moulded by the communities that inhabit them. The aim is to analyse the dialectic of places in transformation, based on their relationship with the current conception of time, waiting and human presence in communities. Using concepts such as images and places of waiting, world-city and world-community, the aim is to reflect on the influence of the modernisation of the world, the annulment of distances, technological immediacy and, consequently, the occupation of the landscape through the gaze. To this end, Manuela Serra’s The Movement of Things (1985) is analysed as the culmination of theoretical research into the metamorphoses of time, places, and communities. Thinking about contemporary places, as well as problematising them, is consolidated by a cinematographic practice that, in turn, starts with the bell as an object of constant return - a link between the past and the present the exploration of the intersections between the different concepts discussed in the first chapter is then cemented through the making of the short film Nunca estive tão perto. In this way, it was possible to see that the landscape can return the gaze and that the phenomenon of the cancellation of distances has contributed to a contraction of the world.
Date of Award15 Dec 2023
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorDaniel Ribas (Supervisor)


  • Cinema
  • Landscape
  • World-city
  • Countryside
  • Waiting
  • Distance
  • Community
  • Gaze


  • Mestrado em Cinema

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