What is called collective memory is not a remembering but a
stipulating: that this is important, and this is the story about how it
happened, with the pictures that lock the story in our minds.”
Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others.
On July 27, 1993, there was a tragic accident, involving two 9-year-old’s in an aquatic amusement park in Lisbon.
Frederico Duarte and Cristina Caldas were sucked into the pool pipes and reported missing. However, two days
later, when they emptied the pool they found them dead, both inside the same suction tube.
I was 13 at the time and followed this event on TV. It had so much media attention that it still inhabits the memory
of this generation in Portugal. And since then, the made-up image inside my head of the two entwined children,
continues to return and to be part of my imaginary.
In many cases cinema touches on something that is real and turns it into fiction. It's a strategy to replicate the
world through artistic means and devices, to question, underline or denounce reality.
Initially there was the desire to write for that abandoned space more than 10 years ago. A space where I had
never entered, but where I could peek through the bars that surrounded it. Finally, in 2013, at a time when the
financial crisis was at its peak in Portugal, and rulers "encouraged" citizens to emigrate, especially young
graduates with no prospects of finding work, I wrote this script.
The script could be about a happy, innocent and teenage romance, and the film could be a small juvenile music
video. But it is based on three points: the distant memory of the 1993 accident, the financial crisis in Portugal,
and the ambiguity between good and evil, morality, tragedy and gender narratives.
1. Regarding the accident there is nothing more to say, the subject matter ends here. I do not dare, out of respect
and modesty, to go further in an attempt to underline or attempt a resolution. It's a memory, a crystallized image,
it was a starting point.
2. About the crisis, because I believe that it has triggered behaviors, or rather, deviations in behavior, in decisions,
in choices, especially in affections and relationships. As an outside force acting almost like a curse, it changes and
transforms people's fate. In this film, the fate of the characters.
3. About ambiguity. First, to blur the frontier of narratives that chooses or induces the public to choose sides,
especially the dichotomy of good and evil. The characters are not governed by these values, because in them
there is no conflict between right or wrong. From the importance of not moralizing this story, neither the
characters, nor the spectator's gaze, and even without being a combat or inversion of the gender roles, it was
crucial to write a female character that does not completely fit into the usual canons of his representation. She is
not a hero, not just a loving interest, she is not a caregiver (maternal), she is not romanticized, she is not servile,
she does not allow herself to give into feelings. She still has a mission, a goal that only she knows and a future to
fulfill. The male character finds himself in a situation that is beyond his control and from which there is no return.
This small fiction film reveals a brief moment, where the before and after belongs to the invisibility side. Starts
from the micro, something that could belong to everyday life, but tries to open itself to the world.
in Contemporary Artistic Practices by the Faculty of Fine Arts,
University of Porto.
Among several nominations, she was distinguished as best
actress in the films "Os Mutantes" and "Transe" by Teresa
Villaverde, in "Adriana" by Margarida Gil in national and
international film festivals like Taormina, Bastia or Santa Maria da
Feira. She is also known for the participation in main cast of
“Tabu” by Miguel Gomes and in the films of João Botelho, Jorge
Cramez, Eugène Green, among others.
She has collaborated as jury member of the 65th Locarno Film
Festival in 2012, at the 17th Film Festival in Sofia in 2015, at the
21st Vila do Conde Short Film Festival in 2015 and Queer Lisboa
Her artwork involves video and sound installations, presented at
different collective exhibitions.
In theater, she worked with the directors Bruno Bravo, Tiago
Correia, Luís Mestre and with the choreographer Joclécio
Azevedo. Also staged directed and set with other authors wrote
and published dramaturgical pieces.
"Aquaparque" is her first short film as director and writer.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Ana Moreira
Written by: Ana Moreira
Produced by: Joana Ferreira, Isabel Machado
Cinematography: João Ribeiro
Editing: Tomás Baltazar
Production Design: Bruno Duarte
Costume Design: Yara Jerónimo
Hair & Make-up: Sandra Pinto
Sound Design: Ricardo Leal
Main Cast: Margarida Antunes, Rodolfo Marques
Nominations and Awards
- European Short Film 2018