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Project of the Day: 'Retirement Home'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 21, 2014 at 10:9AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Retirement Home"

Tweetable Logline: The passions and pains of a group of elders sharing the same building every weekday.

Elevator Pitch: In a retirement home in Sandim, a small town in the north of Portugal, a group of elders live their day to day lives. The group is composed by retired farmers, veterans of the Ultramar war (portuguese colonial war), teachers, construction workers, among others. In the morning they pray the rosary and have gymnastic lessons. After lunch they watch television, rest and the ones that are able go for a walk. There's also yoga lessons and sometimes tours to visit places. "Retirement Home" is the result of 6 months following a remarkable group of people.

Production Team:

Director, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer: Fernando Lino
Music composer: Pedro Gaspar
Sound designer: Branko Neskov

About the Production: "Retirement Home" is about the elderly people living in the small villages of Portugal. Sandim (where this retirement home is) is where my father was born and we had our family's video store, so these are the people that I grew up with. It's a generation that was born in great poverty and lived throughout most part of Salazar's dictatorship.
We follow their day to day lives: the troubles they're facing with the economic crisis happening in the country, their anguishes, and their dreams.

Current Status: The film is now in the final stages of editing. We're crowdfunding to help pay the sound mix of the film.

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page

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