Screening – until 1 March 2018

LAND VESSELS | 70’ | documentary, fiction | color | 1:2.39 | DCP | 2017 shooting format: HD DLSR CAMERA


For years, a mountain has been moved between two countries (Brazil and China), Romulo, an ex-miner and now a sailor, heads off on his first journey taking part of the mountain towards another one. Over the vast sea he meets other travellers and, in feverish moments, he encounters his own memories and the spirit of the earth. In the course of each day permeated by unknown languages, these conversations are never misunderstood.


Land Vessels is the first feature film by Brazilian researcher and filmmaker Simone Cortezão, and the second in a trilogy of cinematographic works that research the land and its changes.
Started in Underground a short film released in 2015, Land Vessels continues to present the trajectory of this exploration of the land in Brazil, following a journey of mountains of ore to another continent.
The end of this trilogy will be in Remote Lands, the second feature film by Simone Cortezão, which will be produced in 2019.


Written & Directed: Simone Cortezão
Cast: Rômulo Braga, Shima, José Fontinelle, Gerson Rodrigues, Ruby Wang, George Chen & Wu Fu Jong
Voiceover: Ana Amélia Cabral
Story: Ramilson Noronha & Simone Cortezão
Producers: Ana Moravi, Beatriz França & Simone Cortezão
Cinematographer: Matheus Antunes
Sound: Andrew Lee & João Tito
Sound Editor: Guile Martins
Original Score: Miguel Javaral
Editors: Dellani Lima & Simone Cortezão
Color Correction: Alexandre Veras
Post-production: Rafael Esteves
Sound Mixing: Rubens Valdes
Executive Producers: Gustavo Ferreira & Simone Cortezão
Associated Production Company: Cento e Oito Filmes
Local Production (Taiwan): Eduardo Almeida, Platini Chang & George Chen


Simone Cortezão is a visual artist and filmmaker. In 2010, she completed her Master’s degree from the School of Fine Arts, UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais) in Visual Arts. She received her PhD from the School of Fine Arts, UERJ (the State University of Rio de Janeiro), in 2017. Simone teaches and studies urban theories, visual arts, cinema, and other areas of similar interest. Simone has exhibited films in many national and international festivals such as: Visions du Réel (2017), The New Latin American Cinema Festival – Havana, Cuba (2009/2013); International Festival of Cinema of Viña del Mar - Chile (2013); Tiradentes Film Festival (2009/2013); Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival; Gramado Film Festival (2007); FestCurtasBH (2015), among others.

Filmography - (direction, script, and production) Navios de Terra, Land Vessels – 70 min (2017); Subsolos, Underground – 30 min (2015); Vago Vizinho, Vacant Neighborhood – 20 min. (2013) co-director Ramilson Noronha;Abismo Circular, Circular Abyss –5 min (2009);Até que chegue o fresco do dia, Until the cool of the day comes – 17 min (2008).

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