Portugal, Switzerland


After 14 years away from her homeland, Salomé is forced to return to Cape Verde to see her dying brother. During her stopover at Lisbon airport, Águeda, a cleaning lady, recognises Salomé as "Mila", her childhood friend. Águeda invites Salomé to leave the airport and spend the stopover at her home, with the women of her family. The neighbourhood transports her on a spiritual journey, whose destination unfurls a painful bond with her homeland.

Director's Biography

Denise Fernandes was born in Lisbon in 1990 from Cape Verdean parents and she was raised in southern Switzerland. In 2011 she graduated in Film Directing and Production at the International Conservatory of Audiovisual Sciences in Lugano (CISA). In the same year, her diploma short film UNA NOTTE debuted at the 64th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. From 2011 to 2013, she studied Filmmaking at Cuba's International School of Film and TV (EICTV). She is currently preparing her first feature film, HANAMI, set in Cape Verde. HANAMI was selected from 70 projects for the Solothurn Talent Lab 2016 and awarded the Best First Project by the Swiss Society of Authors (SSA).

2020 NHA MILA, short
2013 IDYLLIUM, short
2011 UNA NOTTE, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Denise Fernandes

Written by: Denise Fernandes

Produced by: Luís Urbano, Elda Guidinetti, Sandro Aguilar

Cinematography: Marta Simões

Sound: Miguel Moraes Cabral, António Porém Pires

Main Cast: Cleo Tavares (Sheila), Lourença Semedo (Celina), Yaya Correia (Mila), Maria Sanches (Águeda)

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2020