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João Canijo

Direccions Portugal 124 min Catalan premiere Fiction


A hotel by the northern shore of Portugal welcomes its guests over the weekend. A man is torn between being present for his wife and the space that his mother takes up between the two of them. A mother encourages her daughter’s marriage to enable her own love affair with her son-in-law. Another mother lives through her daughter, preventing her from making her own decisions. Three families at the end of their cycles of acceptance.

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João Canijo

Before debuting with Three Less Me he worked as an assistant director for filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Werner Schroeter. His cinema, naturalist and always dynamic and satirical, has achieved international recognition thanks to works such as Blood of My Blood (D’A 2012), FIPRESCI award in San Sebastián and Portuguese representative at the Oscars, or the diptych Living Bad y Bad Living, which received the Special Jury Prize in Berlin.

Filmography: Bad Living (2023, D'A 2024), Living Bad (2023, D'A 2024), Fojos (2020), Diário das Beiras (2017), Fátima (2017), O Dia do Meu Casamento (short film, 2016), Portugal - Um Dia de Cada Vez (2015), É o Amor (2013), Obrigação (2012), Raul Brandão Era Um Grande Escritor... (short film, 2012), Blood of My Blood (2011, D'A 2012), The Actor's Work (2011), Lusitanian Illusion (2010), Misbegotten (2007), Mãe Há Só Uma (short film, 2006), In the Darkness of the Night (2004), Get a Life (2000), Black Shoes (1998), Lovely Child (1989), Three Less Me (1988), A Meio Amor (short film, 1984)

João Canijo

Film information

Int. title: Living Bad
Director: João Canijo
Script: João Canijo
Contact: Filmin
With: Nuno Lopes, Filipa Areosa, Leonor Silveira
Country: Portugal
Year: 2023
Format: DCP
Length: 124 min
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: Spanish


Grand Prize for Best Portuguese Film
Special Mention of the Universities Award

Golden Lady Harimaguada for Best Film
Audience Award


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