A humble cottage in the woods, a young couple lost, and an old woodcutter with a story to tell.
Lost in the forest on a stormy night that caught them unsuspecting, Maria and Miguel eventually take refuge at the home of an old woodcutter. A nearly blind man with a sinister expression and a bizarre obsession with crumbs, who urges them to stay overnight. The idea disturbs Miguel, whose fertile imagination of a young filmmaker suspects the intentions behind that offer. Maria, however, sees this adventure as an opportunity, and seems to be determined to free Miguel from his innermost insecurities that stubbornly cloud their young relationship. One night in a cottage, in the middle of the forest, seems to be the ideal scenario for all desires, hunger pangs and spells to be released – a place where, apparently, this old woodcutter of strange habits does not live alone.
This is the story that Häuschen – A Herança will tell, and you can have the leading role in this adventure.
Inspired by the Grimm brothers' classic, Hansel & Gretel, directors Paulo A.M. Oliveira and Pedro Martins, partnering with the production company "The Widow," propose to make a short film in the scope of terror and fantastic, contributing, along with the experienced team that we present below, to promote a cinematographic niche which in the Portuguese context still has much to explore. This new project follows the success of Calipso, a project that was sponsored by the PPL platform in 2018 and which got some exposure, nominations and awards at some film festivals at the national and international level: MotelX (Portugal), Fantasporto (Portugal), Cine Horror (Brasil), Hell de Janeiro (Brasil), Hrizantema (Sérvia), Short Cutz (Portugal), Ymotion (Portugal, Caminhos (Portugal), Lucid Dream (Itália), Mostra do Cinema Português (Portugal), Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (Inglaterra), Flash Film Festival (Berlin), Feel The Reel (Escócia), Sixth Sense Horror Filme Festival (India) e The Grave Plot Film fest (EUA).
Pedro Martins (screenwriter and director)
Paulo A. M. Oliveira (director)
Andreia Albernaz (screenwriter/writer)
Inês Marques (production assistant)
Mário Guilherme (director of photography)
Nuno Casanovas (photography assistent)
Herberto Magalhães (sound director)
André Silva (sound assistent)
João Pedro Frazão (art director and wardrobe supervisor)
Aurélien Lino (music and sound effects)
Olga José (make-up, hair, and characterization)
Anabela Gonçalves (production company "The Widow")
Carolina Vilardouro (production company "The Widow")
Adriana Moniz (actress)
Fernando Pires (actor)
José Raposo (actor)
About the author
Paulo A. M. Oliveira, director. Paulo A. M. Oliveira wrote, produced, and directed the suspense/horror short film (In)Focus in 2016. In 2017, he directed the micro-short Vegan Girl, winner of YORN MicroCurtas de Terror contest at MOTELx - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival. In the same year, he directed and edited the short film Calipso, which was screened at numerous national and international festivals and was nominated for best Portuguese horror short film at MOTELx in 2018. Furthermore, Calipso was also awarded an Honorable Mention at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (London, 2018), Best Actress Award at the Hrizantema Festival (Serbia, 2018), Best Short Film at Shortcutz in November (Lisbon, 2018) and Best Short Film at the Berlin Flash Film Festival in November (2018).
Pedro Martins, screenwriter, and director. Pedro Martins was co-screenwriter for the multi-award-winning film O cheiro das velas, and for A Língua, a film recently nominated for the Sophia awards and winner of some national and international awards. He is also the author of two short films: A fêmea and Vegan Girl, winners of YORN Micro-Short de Terror of MOTELx Festival in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Additionally, Pedro Martins is the screenwriter and co-director of the short film Red Queen, a psychological thriller with exhibitions and nominations at various national and international festivals in 2018, including the Best Film Noir/Detective Award at Flicks Film Festival. In 2017, he wrote and co-directed Calipso with Paulo A.M. Oliveira, a short film that is presently touring national and international film festivals, and was nominated for best Portuguese horror short film at MOTELx in 2018. Moreover, Calipso was also awarded an Honorable Mention at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival (London, 2018), Best Actress Award at the Hrizantema Festival (Serbia, 2018), Best Short Film at Shortcutz in November (Lisbon, 2018) and Best Short Film at the Berlin Flash Film Festival in November (2018).
Budget and due dates
Technical team: €1600
Space rental: €300
Equipment rental: €400
PPL Commission: €369
TOTAL: €4000 (includes PPL commission)
We need to reach €4000 by April 15 to finish this project. Only with this support can we produce a film that is fitted to represent our
country not only in national circuits but also in international festivals. Relax, you are in good hands: do not forget that this is the team that made Calipso possible!