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"Mahjong" at the Theatres

18 September 2013
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The short film "Mahjong" - a project made by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata and produced by Curtas Metragens CRL - opens commercially in the Portuguese Theatres at October 3. The film will be shown in addition to the feature film "Interior. Leather Bar" by James Franco and Travis Mathews. "Mahjong" was produced by the project Estaleiro, involving two experienced filmmakers with a team of young students of Porto.

The film unfolds in Varziela, Vila do Conde, Portugal's largest Chinatown and extends the Asian themes of the filmmakers ("Red Dawn", "The Last Time I saw Macau"). Also highlights the hybrid research between fiction and documentary featured in their previous films. It is also an exercise in genre, mixing suspense with dark humor.

Synopsis: "A man wearing a hat and a missing woman. A high-heeled shoe, a blond wig and a Chinese dress. The confrontation between the East Wind and the Red Dragon; the cardinal points switched as in an ultimate Mahjong game."

João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata have worked in the past couple years, but have also developed personal projects. João Pedro Rodrigues is one of the most important authors of the latest Portuguese cinema, with a filmography of several feature films. João Rui Guerra da Mata is a longtime collaborator of João Pedro Rodrigues, but also surprised the film world with his first film: "As the Flames Rose".