Where my friend made a painting


Short and simple story: My friend made a painting from a photograph about a manifestation against the economic crisis and I made a film from that painting. Between these two objects lies a path, which began in a casual photograph and ended in a poorly-lit garage. "Where My Friend Made a Painting" is, in order of importance, a short film about a place, a friend, a creative act, a painting and the silence of one manifestation.

Bio-filmography of the director

Pedro Florêncio has a Bachelor's Degree from the Portuguese Film School, a Master's Degree in Film at FCSH/UNL, a PhD in Performing Arts and the Moving Image at the University of Lisbon. In 2011 he directed the short film “Banana Motherf*cker” and in 2014 “Where my friend made a painting”, both internationally awarded several times. In 2017, he won the Jury Prize at Doclisboa 2017 with the documentary "Afternoon”. In 2018, he premiered the feature-length documentary “Day Shift" in Doclisboa, it was commercially released in 2019. In 2021, he re-edited an old film of his own and premiered “Screener” at the 48th Athens International Film and Video Festival, in the experimental competition.

Director's note

The initial idea was to intensively focus my gaze on my friend´s gestures, but then I began to realize, through my framings, that it was the space where he painted – the Place – that attracted me the most. If during the act of filming I became interested in space, in the montage process my attention was caught by what defines a space: time. And the film´s time reproduces the sense of that place through silence. Perhaps instinctively, or perhaps not, we dipped both objects (painting and film) in traces of black ink and low-light shots. In the silence of time we chose to dip.


Afonso Matias (Artist)


Director: Pedro Florêncio Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Cinematography: Pedro Florêncio Sound Pedro Florêncio Editor: Pedro Florêncio


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