Portugal / Switzerland / Japan 2016, 112 min, Japanese, Hebrew & English subtitles

Three women—Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi—represent three generations in a family of fisherfolk. Every day they dive into the ocean (no scuba gear) in search of abalone, sea urchins, and octopi. On land, they lead lives of familiar routine, far from their experiences in the silent, dangerous depths of the Pacific Ocean. The film follows them, both underwater and on land, in their day-to-day lives, built around countless religious and secular rituals, and also moments of human warmth and connection. A group of women, mothers, grandmothers, who chose to live on the sea, in what is known in Japanese tradition as “God’s Tears”, are portrayed with a rare attentiveness, creating a film that’s almost like poetry.

Previous Festivals:

Karlovy Vary, Visions Du Reel, Doclisboa'16, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival'16, Porto/Post/Doc'16, Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF'16, Festival dei Popoli'16, IFF Kerala'16, CPH:DOX


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  • Thu 11.05 21:45 Cinemateque 4
    Extra screening due to high demand
  • Tue 16.05 12:30 Cinemateque 4
  • Sat 20.05 14:30 Cinemateque 2
Director, Script & Cinematography: Cláudia Varejão
Production: João Matos, Vadim Jendreyko
Production Company: Terratreme Filmes, Mira Films
Editing: Cláudia Varejão, João Braz
World Sales: João Matos (joao.matos@terratreme.pt)


Cláudia Varejão was born in Porto and studied film in the Artistic Creativity and Creation Program offered by the FCG, alongside the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, and in São Paulo’s International Film Academy.
In the Darkness of the Theater I Take off My Shoes is her first feature film.