The Hissing of Summer Sands

Catarina Mourão

“The whistle man” was a typical character of the portuguese sea-side during the Fascist Portugal. His story has so many versions that he has become a myth: A poor crazy man who lost his baby girl, a professional homeless who lived from the charity of rich families, a pedofile or a summer father Christmas. His whistle announced his arrival and attracted boys and girls or made them run away. Last year I found 30 seconds of footage of this man which until then was just a memory. Is he more real now?


[2019] Visions du Réel - Festival International de Cinéma Nyon [Switzerland]
[2019] É tudo Verdade – International Documentary Film Festival [Brazil]
[2019] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany]
[2019] IndieLisboa International Film Festival (National Competition Jury's Special Mention) [Portugal]
[2019] Porto Femme Film Festival [Portugal]
[2019] Curtas Vila do Conde [Portugal]
[2019] Moscow International Experimental Film Festival [Russia]
[2019] MDOC - Festival Internacional de Documentário de Melgaço [Portugal]
[2019] Santacurtas [Portugal]
[2019] Kinoforum - Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival [Brazil]
[2019] International Forum of TV and Cinema [Russia]
[2019] Fins-de-Semana no Cinema Monumental [Portugal]
[2019] CineBH – BH International Film Festival [Brazil]
[2019] IndieCork Festival [Irland]
[2019] Family Film Project (Short Film Special Mention) [Portugal]
[2019] Bogotá International Documentary film Festival - MIDBO [Colombia]
[2019] Panorama Coisa de Cinema [Brazil]
[2019] Zinebi International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao [Spain]
[2019] IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam [The Netherlands]
[2019] Caminhos do Cinema Português [Portugal]
[2019] A Humanidade através das Lentes - Diversitas [Brazil]
[2019] This Human World [Austria]
[2019] GDA - XII Edição do Prémio Atores de Cinema [Portugal]
[2020] London Short Film Festival [UK]
[2020] Close-Up - Casa das Artes de Famalicão [Portugal]
[2020] ProDocumentales [Chile]
[2020] Mostra de Cinema Português em Macau [Macao]
[2020] Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival [Israel]
[2020] Imagineindia [Spain]
[2020] Festival Arquivo em Cartaz Mostra Competitiva [Brazil]
[2021] Mostra De Portugal para o Mundo - Rio de Janeiro [Brazil]
[2021] MICE - 16ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnográfico [Spain]
[2021] Mostra De Portugal para o Mundo - Brasília [Brazil]
[2021] Mostra De Portugal para o Mundo - São Paulo [Brazil]
[2021] Espalhafitas - Cineclube de Abrantes [Portugal]
[2021] International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala [India]
[2022] Shortcutz Vila Real [Portugal]
[2022] Kino Sõprus [Estonia]
[2022] Cineclube Lusófona [Portugal]
[2022] Archivio Aperto [Italy]
[2024] Centro de Artes de Sines - "Ciclo de Cinema: Liberdade, o que é isso?" [Portugal]

Documentary, Fiction
2019, Portugal, 15’

Script: Catarina Mourão
Cinematography: Paulo Menezes
Sound: Armanda Carvalho, Tiago Matos
Music: Joana Gama, Luís Fernandes, Ricardo Jacinto, Bruno Pernadas
Editing: Pedro Mateus Duarte
Production: Laranja Azul