Alpha

Synopsis

What starts as an animal lab experiment leads, in the future, to the development of artificial beings capable of carrying out the most varied and complex of tasks. These totally human-looking beings are intelligent and versatile - they're capable of doing simple things like watering plants, laying the table, doing the laundry or feeding a pet. But that's not all. These beings are almost autonomous and can even talk or interact with us. They have been designed to be more than a perfect appliance; they can cater to what the customer wants them to be - they can be mere home helpers or a children's toy but they can also be sophisticated lovers or the perfect companion for lonesome people. Before being delivered to their customers, the manufacturer develops a kind of final quality control test, supervised by a technician, where certain skills (like learning the customer's language) are improved. This part of the process invariably occurs in a closed environment, usually a house with key characteristics of the customers home. Alpha is one of such artificial beings. He and Beta are a couple only a few weeks away from being shipped to their future owners in Japan.

Original Title
ALPHA
Director
Miguel Fonseca
Producer
Sandro Aguilar, Luis Urbano, O Som e a Fúria
Script
Miguel Fonseca
Photography
Mário Castanheira
Editing
Sandro Aguilar
Sound
António Pedro Figueiredo
Main Actors
João Nicolau, Sara Carinhas
Original Language
Japanese, Portuguese
Subtitles
French, English, Portuguese

Film Statistics

  • 449 Spectators
  • 23 Festival Selections
  • 10 Exhibitions
  • 1 Awards

Festivals Selections (in competition)

03.2011
Market - Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara, Mexico
11.2009
Kolkata Film Festival, India
10.2009
Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier, Morocco
07.2009
Filminho - Festa do Cinema Galego e Português, Portugal
06.2009
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid in Berlin, Germany
05.2009
Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid in Madrid, Spain
02.2009
Fantasporto Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal
01.2009
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
12.2008
Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
Film Club Award
11.2008
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, France
07.2008
Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal
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Other Screenings

11.2011
11.2011
Mostra - Associação Extrapolar
04.2011
Ciclo de Curtas - Helsínquia
01.2011
Cineclube de Faro
10.2010
Ciclo de Cinema, no Centro de Língua Portuguesa na Universidade de Hamburgo
09.2010
Leitorado do Instituto Camões na Universidade de Georgetown
06.2010
Serralves em Festa
05.2010
Cinema Nun'Álvares
05.2010
Cine Alvalade
09.2009
Programa Especial Português Curtas Vila do Conde - Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
06.2009
Portugal ConVida
2012
Clube de Cinema da Escola Básica 1,2,3 de Peniche
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