A Sombra do desejo

Short film│2018

A sombra do desejo (The shadow of desire) │2018 │ Evie Ellen Lippens & Lore Mechelaere.
I contributed to this project by giving home-made pottery for use in the decor.

"The portuguese call it saudade: a longing for something so indefinite as to be indefinable.
Love affairs, miseries of life, the way things were, people already dead, those who left and the ocean that tossed them on the shores of a different land - all things born of the soul that can only be felt."
Anthony De Sa

This is a poetic series about Fernanda, a Portuguese woman, who is trapped in the world of 'saudade', an emotional state characterized by a mix of sadness and melancholy.

Progressively, she gets withdrawn from reality and clings to her memories until she can no longer distinguish between past and present. Recapturing the balance becomes her task.


In the shortfilm A Sombra do desejo, the evoking of a mysterious sphere, the interaction between facts and fiction, day-dreaming, experiences and memories, are shown. Memories seem to melt in the the desire of a better future lying ahead.

Fernanda seems to get lost during her quest of the right path of life. The paradox between the feeling of getting lost and the urge to keep everything under control is perceptible. In life, one
has to learn to 'let go'.

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