Primeiro de Novembro (1st of November), All Saints’ Day 1755 was the date of the most deadliest earthquake in the world, followed by a tsunami and a fire, completely destroyed Lisbon.
Seismology experts say a repeat of the 1755 Great Lisbon quake is overdue within this century.
Through a cyclical story-telling, the mythological city of Ophiusa has reborn, where the memories of the ancient earthquake and the omens of the future one are linked through a stream of consciousness, past and future melt together in one dimension: a timeless present.
The movie started from a psycho-geographic research of the city, exploring and documenting certain areas of Lisbon with the aim of creating a personal map of the emotions.
“Primeiro de Novembero” was filmed during the art residency Mnemonic City Lisbon, a project produced by the London based art collective MAGMA and the art centre Roundabout.LX of Lisbon.
Written, filmed and directed by Yuri Pirondi
Music by Indi Go
Thanks to Ines von Bonhorst.