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Late Harvest 2019
Campo Tiago Hespanha

Surrounded by the Arcadian-looking landscape of Europe’s biggest military base on the outskirts of Lisbon, sheep and bees meet ornithologists and soldiers training for combat.


Documentary Film
101 minutes

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João Matos
Tiago Hespanha
Tiago Hespanha, Rui Xavier, Luísa Homem, Cláudia Varejão, Paulo Menezes
Francisco Moreira, Tiago Hespanha
Eva Boliño, Adriana Bolito, Giorgio Gristina, Tiago Melo Bento
Europe’s biggest military base is situated on the outskirts of Lisbon. Soldiers following fictitious scenarios train for a future war, the neighbours hear the impact of the guns at night, a boy plays the piano. Soldiers and amateur astronomers watch through the night on their missions, ornithologists lie in wait for the mating calls of rare birds, snipers for enemies and targets. Beekeepers look after their bees, a shepherd helps a ewe giving birth: Arcadian-looking landscapes with deer and grazing sheep in the morning mist meet a modern field of Mars (“campo de marte”), as military training grounds were called in ancient Rome.

This film doesn’t hurry its observations, listening to the tales of the people as well as to the sound of the piano composition “Battle in the Stars”, inspired by the war games. It listens to the sheep, the birds, and the bees. This generates a simultaneousness – and equality – of violence, nature, people, the historic and future layers, the material and the transcendental.

Frederik Lang