The joy of a home


My grandparents are an elderly couple who have lived together for 50 years. Their home is the place where they spend most of their time together, where they share their frustrations and their memories.

Bio-filmography of the director

Ana Martins graduated in Cinema in Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, where she directed a documentary “Isolated”, which was selected for the 11th Edition of Tbilisi International Film Festival Amirani. In 2010 she directed “Spring Solitude” which premiered at the Portuguese Cinematheque. In 2013 she directed a documentary "The Joy of a Home" which premiered in Greece and it was selected for festivals in 8 different countries.

Director's note

"The Joy of a Home" is a portrait of a daily life of my grandparents. It is an open window to their home, the place where they keep their memories and where they enjoy the autumn of their lives. My intention when making this film was to display this small world , located in the city of Oporto, where we can still find traces of rurality and a kind of a life that is not so common in the cities. This is a film about the people who guided me during the first steps of my life and the house where I lived during my childhood.


José Moreira (Grandfather) Justina Moreira (Grandmother)


Director: Ana Isabel Martins Script: Ana Isabel Martins; Mário Gajo de Carvalho Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Cinematography: Rita Cartageno Editor: Ana Isabel Martins; Mário Gajo de Carvalho Music: Edward Luiz Ayres d’Abreu


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