We are Mauve Movies – an independent production company – and we intend to raise funds to support our first feature film.
'The Orange Grove' is a drama/thriller that will be filmed mainly in Oporto and will be the first fiction film by the award winning director Jotta Dúbio.
Originally intended as a short film to be shot in 2019, the project was put on standby due to the pandemic. Under this circumstances, the director had the opportunity to completely rewrite the script and turn it into a feature film. 'The Orange Grove' is a story based on real facts and deals with the most varied themes: mourning, family life, relationships and the very difficult artistic creation process.
After the news of his father's death, the young designer Jorge inherits the country house where he grew up in northern Portugal. Influenced by his girlfriend Ana, a successful writer, and because they have to decide the fate of the property, the couple agree to stay there for a while, never imagining what that trip will trigger between them. Bereaved, Jorge is confronted with his traumatic childhood and his troubled parental relationship. Ana faces a creative block, facing the futility of her early success.
It is a dance between pairs who suffer from their fears and weaknesses. Catalyst of the plot, the house – filled with memories and sensory warnings – will lead them into a spiral of trials from which they will not remain safe. Life, death, grief and even identity itself will be called into question.
Making independent cinema is not an easy task, but with your support we believe we will be able to bring this plot to the big screen.
Thank you very much!
About the author
Mauve Movies was created in 2019 by Jotta Dúbio in partnership with Ricardo Conde, with the aim of generating, in an even more professional way, content for Cinema, Advertising and Video. Bringing together a new generation of Portuguese audiovisual professionals with whom it has collaborated since 2015, Mauve Movies has in its portfolio national and international awarded short films and music videos. Mauve Movies' main objective is to produce, promote and distribute content that enhances the quality of original works.
Jotta Dúbio - Director
Jotta Dúbio, 28, is a director from Oporto. Graduated from the Catholic University of Porto, since 2015 he has been directing, already having 2 award-winning short films in his filmography:
"Boémios" (2017), winner of the "Best Portuguese Cinema Now" award at the Lisbon International Film Festival and "Vôo Da Capo" (2019), awarded with Best Actress at the "O Cubo" Festival in Rio de Janeiro, and Best Actor for João Gadelha and Best Script at the "Saindo da Gaveta Festival", Brazil.
Ricardo Conde - Producer
Ricardo Conde, 33 years old, graduated in Photography from the IPF and in Cinema from ULHT.
Currently, Ricardo works in advertising as Head of Research, but his portfolio includes works in different areas, such as: Art Direction and Set Design – "Paradise" (2016); "Der Tote in der Brandung" (2016) ; "The Fisherman's Corner" (2017); “Eu and the Tagus” (2017); “Cat and Mouse” (2017); "Come e Baza – Titica ft Pabllo Vittar" (2018). Production Department – “Aquila Awards” (2016-2018); Production – “La Casa de Papel” (2020).
Manuel Guerra - Art Director
Manuel Lobo Guerra, 29, is an Art Director, graduated from the Catholic University of Porto. His work is divided between Art Direction in music videos, advertising and Cinema, and Erotic Photography. His 'Work By Lobo' brand has acquired an increasingly relevant projection, especially in the LGBT community.
Nikolas Gomes - Sound Director
Bachelor's Degree in Popular Music from UFRGS, Master's in Production and Sound Technologies from ULHT. Nikolas works with music production, recording, mixing and mastering, sound for cinema and sound spatialization. He has already developed projects for art installations such as Modo Silencioso (Joana Burd/LINHA), Empatias Mapeadas (SESC/PAULISTA), My Heart Beats Like Yours (Estudio Guto Requena), Sonora Island (Camila Proto/30 Prêmio da Aliança Francesa) and Quasi-Opera (Camila Proto/30 - Alliance Française Award).