Al Berto

Portogallo, 2017, HD, 109', col.


Vicente Alves do Ó

Al Berto

After studying painting in Brussels and getting to know the hippie and bohemian nightspots of the Belgian capital, Al Berto, a 25-year-old poet and member of the upper middle class, returns to his native Portuguese village Sines. It is 1975 and after the overthrow of the military dictatorship the previous year, in Portugal winds of change are blowing, which Al Berto immediately grasps. He becomes the point of reference for the young people of Sines, with whom he shares a love for art and culture. His house, illegally occupied and used to organize amazing parties, becomes the centre of wild "happenings" that shock the tranquillity of the sleepy village. He is supported by everyone who wants to live in freedom and is opposed by the backward and bigoted provincial government, who cannot and do not want to understand this outrageous behaviour. As for instance the relationship between Al Berto and handsome João Maria... A heartfelt hymn to freedom and hedonism, a huge box office success in Portugal.


Vicente Alves do Ó


Hugo Santiago


Rui Poças

costume design

Joana Cardoso


Pedro Melo


Pedro Janela


Ricardo Teixeira, José Pimentão, Raquel Rocha Vieira, José Leite, Joana Almeida, João Villas-Boas


Pandora da Cunha Telles, Pablo Iraola


Ukbar Filmes


The Open Reel


Vicente Alves do Ó


Vicente Alves do Ó was born in Portugal in 1972 and boasts numerous work experiences in the literary, theatrical, cinema and television worlds. After writing and directing the shorts Entre o Desejo e O Destino (2005), Castelos no Ar (2008), and A Assassina Passional Está Louca! (2010), in 2011 he debuted as director with the feature film Quinze Pontos na Alma. He later directed Florbela (2012), based on the television series “Perditamente Florbela” (2012), O Amor è Lindo… Porquè Sim! (2016) and Al Berto (2017). He is currently working on the film Golpe de Sol (2018) and on the TV series “Solteira a Boa Rapariga”.