Balkan Dox

Past Perfect

2019 — 23 min / Colour



Many cities or countries have a distinct malaise. They are places that could be Portugal, so sunk in a painful longing for the past, and where each tension of the present is only the tip of an iceberg that is explained in successive retreats that can go straight until the origin of the species, at least. This feeling, common to many latitudes, is often presented as a diagnosis, a denial of a painful present as opposed to the desire to return to a glorious past.

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Directors' Biography

Jorge Jácome, born in Portugal in 1988, studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School and at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. In his work he explores the relationships between utopias, melancholy, disappearance and desire. His films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto, San Sebastián and New York as well as featuring in exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. Alongside his work as a filmmaker, he also regularly collaborates in performing arts projects.

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Jorge Jácome


Jorge Jácome


Jorge Jácome

Marta Simões


Jorge Jácome


Antonion Porém Pires

Shugo Tekina

Screenings & Awards

Uppsala IShFF, Sweden, 2019
Uppsala Nominee for European Film Award

IndieLisboa, Portugal, 2019
Short Film Grand Prize

Hamburg IShFF, Germany, 2019
Hamburg Short Film Award

Berlinale, Germany, 2019

DokuFest, Kosovo, 2019