This delicately constructed feature début, from directing duo Sérgio Da Costa and Maya Kosa, chronicles the final days of the life of Joaquim Silva, a romantic and somewhat dandified drifter who has been everything from a shepherd to a barber to an umbrella repairman.

At the beginning of the film, Silva arrives in an isolated Portuguese village where he meets the young Ana who, drawn to the strange old man, gradually enters both his physical and interior world.

Exquisitely shot with a painterly devotion and infused with a sense of the supernatural, Rio Corgo sits at the intersection of document, fiction and fine art, its meditative quality only enhancing its narrative accessibility.

This languidly poetic left-field masterpiece is another testament to Switzerland’s increasingly respected contemporary film canon.

Swiss Focus

In 2017, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland hosted a Focus on South African documentary production and thus, in keeping with this spirit of cultural dialogue, Encounters in partnership with Swiss Films, will host a showcase of contemporary Swiss documentaries at the Festival this year. Two Swiss filmmakers, Heidi Specogna and Laurence Bonvin, will showcase their work and participate in the Encounters Industry programme.

Cape Town
Tue 6, 8.30pm
Sun 4, 3pm
Sérgio Da Costa & Maya Kosa
Switzerland / Portugal
95 minutes