Encounters lost in time


On the island of Tanegashima the director of the film who is also a Portuguese follows a story of the first encounter between Japan and the West, observing that the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese today copy the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese of yesterday, in the same space, at another time.

Bio-filmography of the director

As a child he explored caves, forests and rivers. Years later, after an academic experience in anthropology studies, he switched to cinema. That was when he made his first films. These films competed and were awarded at different national and international film festivals: "Sombras do Passado" (2006), “Wakasa” (2011), “Para Lá do Marão” (2014), “Da Casa do Vincent na Borinage” (2016) and “Encounters lost in time” (2021), screened at Indielisboa, Doclisboa, Curtas Vila do Conde, Jihlava, Punto de Vista, International Film Festival of Salerno, among others.

Director's note

In “Encounters Lost in Time”, I explore my own history as a Portuguese in Japan, through historical events and myths. I travelled to Japan and found my own country, Portugal. The intention is not to make a biographical, educational, scientific or nationalist documentary, but to evoke the Age of Discovery, to tell a personal story.


Director: José Manuel Fernandes Cinematography: José Manuel Fernandes Sound: José Manuel Fernandes Editor: José Manuel Fernandes, Mário Gajo de Carvalho Sound Mix: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho


30 minutes   /   Image: 16x9  /  Sound: Stereo   /  Format: HD   /  Documentary