A Whole Life
Of September

A film by
Ana Sofia Fonseca
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    • World Premiere - United States of America (California)
      International Wine Film Festival
    • European Premiere – Spain (Barcelona)
      MOST, International Wine & Cava Film Festival
    • EM MARÇO NUM CINEMA PERTO DE SI
  • One country. 700 million bottles. Over 2000 years of history. In every calendar, the die is cast in September. Men, women and children measure their lives in harvests. The world has only begun to discover Portuguese wine, A Whole Life of September invites the viewer to embark on a journey through the intimacy of vineyards, cellars and souls, unveiling passions, crimes and adventures. A universal theme with the local alchemy. But this cinematographic documentary is also about passion, freedom and faith, inviting to reflect about the human nature and the relationship between landowners and those who work the land. Because nothing else ferments like a good story, wine people are the passport to understand Portugal.

    • CREDITS

      a film by
      ANA SOFIA FONSECA

      produced by
      CARROSSEL PRODUÇÕES

      producers
      ANA SOFIA FONSECA
      RENATA AMARO

      Sound
      JORGE CABANELAS

      cinematography assistant
      PEDRO OLIVEIRA

      additional cinematography
      HUGO FOLGADO
      NUNO ASSUNÇÃO

      additional sound
      ANA SOFIA FONSECA
      PEDRO GASPAR

      research
      ANA SOFIA FONSECA

      sound design
      BILLYBOOM SOUND DESIGN

      coordination: PEDRO MIGUEL CARVALHO
      editing and mixing: RUI PEREIRA
      foley: SARA GODINHO
      music: IRENE ORTA CINTADO, JOSÉ M. AFONSE, JOÃO AMARAL

      end theme
      “OIÇA LÁ Ó SENHOR VINHO”
      performed by JORGE PALMA for this film
      lyrics ALBERTO JANES
      voice and acoustic guitar JORGE PALMA
      contrabass CARLOS BARRETO
      banjo PEDRO VIDAL
      recorded, composed and mastered by pedro vidal, at estúdio vale de lobos

      jorge palma by courtesy of warner music portugal

      art direction
      LUÍS ALEGRE E RICARDO NUNES (IDEIAS COM PESO)

      design and poster illustration
      IDEIAS COM PESO E MANTRASTE

      colour
      JOSÉ DIAS

      translation to english
      MARIA JOÃO MARQUES

      translation from japanese
      SPELL

      audiovisual archive
      field, mary ‐  “voice of the vintage”, reino unido, general films distributors, ltd., 19--?. col. porto and douro wine institute, I.P.

      maria luísa nicolau de almeida e francisco olazabal wedding, 1968, family olazabal archive

      drone
      BERNARDO BOGARIM

      production consulting
      FILIPE ARAÚJO

      video transcription
      FREEDREAMS

    • STARRING

      Lisboa
      Cristina Maionde
      João Paulo Martins

      Herdade da Malhadinha, Alentejo
      João Soares
      Rita Soares
      Paulo Soares
      Margarete Soares
      José Raposo

      Sogrape, Barcelos
      Fernando Guedes
      Mafalda Guedes
      Manuel Guedes
      Luís Bandeira
      Eduardo Soeiro
      Rita Soeiro
      Ermelinda Gomes
      Manuel Lobo Guedes

      Convento da Cartuxa, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Alentejo
      Padre Antão López


      Adega Luís Pato, Bairrada
      Luís Pato
      Rosa Campos
      Julia Harding
      Luís Marques

      Vinhos Barbeito, Madeira Island
      Ricardo Freitas
      Júlia Lopes
      Miguel Freitas
      Emanuel Freitas 
      José Freitas
      Katsuhiro Suzuki

      Sogrape, Oporto and Douro
      Joana Pais
      Fernando da Cunha Guedes
      Luís Sottomayor
      Amália Santos
      António Oliveira

      Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Palmela
      Leonor Freitas
      Anabela Rito

      Quinta do Vale Meão, Oporto and Douro
      Francisco Olazabal “Vito”
      Francisco Olazaval “Xito”
      Peter Cobb
      Luísa Olazabal “Zinha”
      Maria do Carmo Alves “Guida”

      Herdade da Malhadinha, Alentejo
      Francisca Soares
      Matilde Soares
      António Soares

      Niepoort Vinhos, Douro
      Dirk Niepoort
      António Saragoça
      Ariane Van Der Haegen
      Cyrille Arcamone
      Pedro Lobo
      Ljubomir Stanisic
      Mónica Franco

      Estabelecimento Prisional Pinheiro da Cruz, Alentejo
      João Lopes
      Hélder Santos
      Luís Palhas

      Quinta do Vale Meão, Douro
      Natalina Carvalho
      Maria Lurdes Nascimento
      Julieta Rodrigues
      Amália Bráz
      Virgínia Guedes

      Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Palmela
      Diácono Evangelino Ribeiro
      Filipe Cardoso 

      Lisboa
      Isabel Corte Real

    • A SPECIAL THANKS TO

      alcides vieira
      ana músico
      anabela rito
      andré sebastião – bairro da música
      antónio lobato faria
      antónio matias pereira
      carla telo
      carlos cabral
      carlos pedro
      carlos raposo 
      catarina diz
      clara félix
      diogo pinto – jap automotive
      edgar madruga
      eduardo militão
      eduardo pinto
      ema martins
      fernando grais
      fernando guedes
      frederico falcão
      jaime diz
      jorge monteiro
      isabel carrasquinho – espaço isabel carrasquinho
      jaime quendera
      joana freitas
      joana pais
      joão ferreira 
      joão paulo martins – crítico de vinhos
      jorge araújo
      júlia kemper
      lionel castro 
      luís gonçalves
      luís passos
      luís telles
      luísa félix
      luísa olazabal
      manuel carvalho
      marcela brites
      maria josé mansilha
      marta marreiros
      miguel pires
      pablo feron – creatives terminal
      paulo barata
      paulo cepa
      pedro baptista
      pierre aderne
      ricardo costa
      ricardo j. rodrigues
      rodrigo araújo
      salvador guedes

      herdeiros de alberto janes
      anadia futebol clube
      associação das festas de palmela
      câmara municipal de palmela
      casas do coro
      cine teatro são joão, palmela
      estabelecimento prisional de pinheiro da cruz
      informa d&b
      instituto dos vinhos do douro e porto 
      oporto golf club
      queijaria - cheese shop & bar
      restaurante a parreira
      sushic


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  • Ana Sofia Fonseca is a graduate in Social and Cultural Communication from the Catholic University of Portugal. She made her professional debut as a journalist in 1999 dedicating herself to life stories and human rights issues. She often writes about the wine world. In pursuit of stories, she has travelled through Africa, Europe, Asia, the American continent and Portugal, from the North to the South. She worked for the magazine Grande Reportagem and collaborated with other leading Portuguese publications. Soon after, she fell in love with the documentary format. In SIC television network Ana Sofia Fonseca authored such programmes as Histórias Com Gente Dentro and O Meu Pequeno Mundo, as well as several news stories.

    Her work has received multiple awards in journalism: Gazeta, “Jornalismo Contra a Indiferença” by AMI, “Direitos Humanos e Integração” by UNESCO, “Corações Com Coroa”, and “Hamilton Ribeiro” in Brazil.

    Ana Sofia’s first book is “Barca Velha, Histórias de um Vinho”. Other books include “Angola Terra Prometida”, “Capitãs de Abril” , “Cada Garrafa Conta uma História”, “Raízes” and the novel, “Como Carne Em Pedra Quente”. One of her documentaries, The Window, was selected and screened at Doc Miami Film Festival.

    • Jorge Palma - (Studio Recording, filmed with mobile phone)
      Making Of - Bairrada
      Making Of - Douro
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Protagonists

Dirk Niepoort

In the wine industry, his name is like a magic ticket. Some people call him crazy, but his true reputation is that of a revolutionary. He never takes off his vest of “countless pockets” and in the summer he refuses to take off his crocs, not even for the President.

Guedes Family

His story is that of Sogrape, the largest and most international of Portuguese wine companies. Fernando Guedes, the patriarch, doesn’t let a day go by without reading all sales reports, which include the fate of Mateus Rosé and Barca Velha. In each of them wineries, he knows the exact place of every socket and every picture. But tragedy struck the family…

Os Soares da Malhadinha

“Wine is a love story”, swears the Soares family. Among parents and children, there are four adults and four children. On their piece of land in the Alentejo, the children draw the labels. For the seven of them wine is just “another brother”.

Os Olazabal do Meão

Her name is Maria Luísa Nicolau de Almeida, his name is Francisco Olazabal. Wine runs in their blood and they want to make sure this tradition passes on to the future generations. They cling to the old idea of living each day as if it might be their last. Life in a smile.

Luís Pato

He went to war, then became a teacher. After, he occupied himself with the family estate. Pato enjoys saying he is a rebel and wine proves him right. He has a daughter, who is an oenologist, and a 91 year-old mother who fills him with good advice. His wife, though, is tired of having wine dictating her life.

Cartuxa Convent

They live a cloistered life. In Cartuxa, father Antão Lopez is the only one allowed to contact the outside world. They are guardians of the most notorious wines of Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Pêra Manca and Cartuxa.

Leonor Freitas

She decided to move back to the country on the very same day her father died. The family did everything they could to keep her away from the hoe. But fate has its own way. “I am at one with the country”. When she was a little girl she used to watch the harvest festival parade from afar, today she has her own place in a box reserved for local eminent people.

Ricardo Freitas

His accent gives away his background, Madeira. He often stresses how his life is made of wine: “Sometimes when I’m driving, my wife is talking to me and I can’t even hear her because I’m thinking about this or that barrel... I can’t remember a name or a phone number but I know all my barrels by heart!”

Vineyard Squad

Between Setúbal and Alentejo, a high-security prison holds a cellar. “Vineyard Squad” is a group of inmates who tend to the vines. They have all been condemned to long-term sentences, most of them for drug dealing. The vineyard is their freedom.

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