Diogo Costa Amarante

We Are on Air


Vítor is over thirty and still lives with his mother, Fátima, in an apartment left to them by his grandmother, Júlia. Fátima is an introverted hairdresser, used to controlling her emotions with strict discipline, but when she goes to bed, she finds herself fantasizing about the charming policeman who has recently moved into the apartment next door. In the morning, Vítor claps his hands in the audience of a daytime TV show, at night he puts on this neighbor’s uniform to satisfy the desires of a boy he met online. Júlia, meanwhile, no longer knows which drugs to take in order to sleep. Her husband is dead, but he incarnates into her best friend’s body, demanding explanations for everything Júlia does. They all believe it’s their time to be happy, but everything they desire seems to melt into air.

Original title
Estamos no Ar
91 min
Color / Black&White


Diogo Costa Amarante

Diogo Costa Amarante was born in Portugal in 1982. He studied Documentary Film and Cinematography at the Catalonian Film School and finished a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production at the New York University – Tisch School of the Arts as a Fulbright Scholar. He directed several shorts namely, JUMATE / JUMATE (Best Spanish Documentary Award – Documentamadrid, 2008), EN ENERO, QUIZÁS (Best Spanish Documentary Award – Documentamadrid, 2009), DOWN HERE (Best short at the Barcelona Queer International Film Festival, 2012), AS ROSAS BRANCAS (Berlinale Shorts, 2014), CIDADE PEQUENA (Golden Bear – Berlinale Shorts, 2018), and LUZ DE PRESENÇA (Silver Wolf for best international short film – Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, 2021).

Estamos no Ar (2024); Luz de Presença (2019); Cidade Pequena (2016); As Rosas Brancas (2014); Down Here (2011)



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