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Like every summer, little Salomé spends her holidays with her grandmother in a small mountain village in Portugal. There, Grandma Avo teaches her the secrets of witchcraft. When Avo suddenly dies, her son Joaqim arrives in the village and madness ensues. While the adults descend into chaos arguing about the funeral, Salomé is possessed by the spirit of the angry grandmother who demonstrates her disappointment with their behaviour by wreaking some chaos of her own. This charming film about growing up, witchcraft and the mourning of a dysfunctional family premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.
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Trained as an actress, Cristèle Alves Meira began her career as a theatre director. She then directed documentaries Som & Morabeza and Born in Luanda, as well as short fiction films Sol Branco, Campo de Víboras (Cannes Critics’ Week, 2016), Invisível Herói (Cannes Critics’ Week, 2019) and Tchau-Tchau. Alma Viva is her feature debut.