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Uma Pedra no Bolso | Joaquim Pinto, 1988
Portugal | Portuguese with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 91 minutes
Virtually unseeable for the last 25 years due to rights issues, Pinto’s beautiful feature-length debut is a coming-of-age tale about unconventional friendships and burgeoning sexuality. As punishment for his lack of interest at school, 12-year-old Miguel is forced to spend his summer vacation at his aunt Martha’s modest seaside boarding house. Upset at first by the prospect of staying in a place where nothing ever happens, the young boy befriends Luisa, a waitress who teaches him to dance, and João, a local fisherman. But the arrival of another guest, the mysterious Dr. Fernando, initiates a series of events that will disrupt the hotel’s equilibrium and Miguel’s peace of mind.