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UKBAR FILMES

portugal

Company Profile

Established in 2009, UKBAR FILMES is one of the leading Portuguese film production companies, with a proven track record.


Ukbar Filmes specializes in story driven films by young Portuguese directors with a strong commercial background.


Internationally we co-produce art-house projects mainly with France, Spain, South America and African Portuguese speaking countries. 90% of our productions are financed from several international sources.


Recent productions include Licinio Azevedo’s feature THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR, that premiered at Piazza Grande - Locarno Film Festival; the indie comedy MOTHER KNOWS BEST by Nuno Rocha; JOAQUIM by Marcelo Gomes and THE SURGE by Daniela Thomas, both selected for this year’s Berlinale.


Ukbar Filmes is run by producers and co-CEO’s Pandora da Cunha Telles & Pablo Iraola.

Company Highlights

THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE 2018

Genre:              Drama
Director:          Terry Gilliam
Screenplay:      Terry Gilliam
Cast:                 Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, Jonathan Pryce, Rossy De Palma

A frustrated director, who once won innumerous awards for his iconic adaption of Cervante’s Don Quixote de La Mancha, is now an advertising director stuck in a new shooting that is occurring near the location where he first shot his masterpiece. The actor who played the lead role is now de- ranged and believing he is, in fact, Don Quixote, leading the director to reminisce under the literary obsession created by Cervantes’ work. When the myth breaks through reality, the cynical director is taken back in time to 17th century’s La Mancha and ends up being confused with Sancho Panza by Don Quixote himself.

AL BERTO 2016

Genre:             Drama / Bio
Director:         Vicente Alves Do Ó
Screenplay:     Vicente Alves Do Ó
Cast:                Ricardo Teixeira, José Pimentão, João Villas-Boas, Raquel Rocha Vieira, Joana Almeida

Mozambique is in the midst of civil war. A single train connects Nampula to Malawi. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her frst job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar. Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop.

Mardi Gras Film Festival - Sidney
Caminhos Do Cinema Português
Festival Internacional De Cine De Guadalajara Miami International Film Festival
Des Images Aux Mots - Toulouse

JOAQUIM 2017
Genre:          Drama
Director:       Marcelo Gomes
Screenplay:  Marcelo Gomes
Cast:            Júlio Machado, Isabel Zuaa, Nuno Lopes, Romulo Braga, Welket Bungue, Karai Rya

 

18th Century Brazil. This colony of the Portuguese empire faces a decline in its gold production. A Portuguese minority of corrupt and nepotistic administrators rule over a society formed mostly by African slaves, local Indians and half-breeds. Joaquim is an efficient soldier, known for capturing gold smugglers. He expects to be compensated, promoted to Lieutenant, and so be able to buy the freedom of the slave he loves. But the promotion never comes. In his desperation, Joaquim takes on a risky mission to the feared Badlands in search of new mines, this his only chance to achieve his goal.

Berlinale 2017 - official competition

 

VAZANTE 2017
Genre:             Drama
Director:          Daniela Thomas
Screenplay:     Beto Amaral, Daniela Thomas
Cast:                Adriano Carvalho, Luana Tito Nastas, Sandra Corveloni

 

Diamantina Mountains, Brazil, 1821. On coming back to the imposing but decadent farmhouse he inherited, ANTONIO finds out that his wife died in labor. Confined to this desolate and unproductive property in the company of his demented mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his dead wife’s young niece, a child of 12. A restless soul, he returns to his expeditions trading slaves and cattle, and leaves the child wife behind. The loneliness of the big house in the rugged landscape mirrors that of its inhabitants. The undercurrents of violence and prejudice fuel the impending tragedy which, in turn, is an ambiguous announcement of the winds of change.

 

Berlinale 2017 - Panorama

 

THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR 2016
Genre:           Action
Director:        Licinio Azevedo
Screenplay:   Licinio Azevedo
Cast:              Matamba Joaquim, Melanie De Vales Rafael, Thiago Justino, António Nipita

 

Mozambique is in the midst of civil war. A single train connects Nampula to Malawi. No civilians are allowed and yet hundreds risk their lives through 700km of sabotaged tracks. Salomão and Taiar are two soldiers who don’t get along. Rosa is a young nurse on her way to her frst job, who soon becomes an object of desire. Mariamu, her close friend, only hopes to trade salt for sugar. Amongst bullets and laughter, life goes on and stories unfold as the train advances under attack, ever so slowly, towards the next stop.

 

Locarno Film Festival - Piazza Grande, Festival Do Rio, Mostra De Belo Horizonte, Joburg Film

 

MOTHER KNOWS BEST 2016
Genre:           Comedy
Director:        Nuno Rocha
Screenplay:   Nuno Rocha, Roberto Pereira
Cast:              Maria João Abreu, Joana Pais De Brito, Filipe Vargas, Filipa Areosa

 

A typical birthday lunch takes a wrong turn when Ana Luisa begins to reminisce episodes from her childhood and teenage years. In between carrot soups, trips to the beach, advice from her mother, boyfriends and her wedding, she thinks about the things that could have changed in her past; however, these recollections will have unforeseeable effects. A family comedy about parallel universes and a funny portrait of Portugal from the 70s up to now. Thinking it over, there are things that are best left unchanged, because at the end of the day... mother knows best!