NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS (OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP)
Chinese merchant Zhang Wei sells a mysterious figurine of the Virgin Mary. Bessa and Domingas are in mourning. Zoyo is looking for his missing friend. A barber establishes a new cult. An arena turns into the site of a strange and grotesque political spectacle. In his first feature film, produced by the “Geração 80” collective, director Ery Claver portrays a dissatisfied and frustrated society, subjected to political and religious manipulation. NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS (OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP) is an urban fairytale in a battered Luanda.
In cooperation with: Camões, Portugiesisch-Brasilianisches Institut der Universität zu Köln
NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS (OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP) Direction: Ery Claver, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 116 min
Ery Claver, one of Angola’s most versatile filmmakers, began his career as a cinematographer on numerous television shows and documentaries. In 2013, he joined “Geração 80” and honed his camera style with the short films CONCRETE AFFECTION – ZOPO LADY (2014) and HAVEMOS DE VOLTAR (2017). He has directed several short films, including LÚCIA NO CÉU COM SEMÁFOROS (2018) and ENÓQUIO QUE NÃO TINHA CORAÇÃO (2020), which have been screened at international festivals including the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Claver took over the cinematography on the award-winning film AR CONDICIONADO (2020) and shot his first feature film NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS (OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP) in 2022.
Kamy Lara grew up in Luanda and studied audiovisual media and multimedia at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (ESCS) in Lisbon. In 2010, she returned to Angola and joined “Geração 80” for the project ANGOLA – NOS TRILHOS DA INDEPENDÊNCIA. She directed all five of the project’s films. She also collaborated with Fradique to co-direct SÃO NICOLAU – ELES NÃO ESQUECERAM and ANGOLA – NOS TRILHOS DA INDEPENDÊNCIA, and was the sole director of MULHERES DE ARMAS. In 2019, she made her first feature, PARA LÁ DOS MEUS PASSOS, which was shown at the 2021 Afrika Film Festival Köln. She was the assistant director for NOSSA SENHORA DA LOJA DO CHINÊS.