João Salaviza

2017 Portugal FICTION DOC 19 '

Karlon, born in Pedreira dos Húngaros (a slum in the outskirts of Lisbon) and a pioneer of Cape Verdean creole rap, runs away from the housing project to which he had been relocated. Nights of vigil are spent under a sweltering tropical heat. Among the sugarcanes, a whisper is heard. Karlon hasn't stopped singing. High Cities of Bone is a probing and imaginative exploration of Karlon's memories, the institutional siege, and the submerged stories from a dark time.


Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal, and Universidad del Cine - Buenos Aires. His feature debut Mountain (2015) had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week and through many other festivals (Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, S. Paulo, Munich, Angers, Kerala or Montpellier where it won the prize for Best Film), before its commercial release in Portugal and France. João Salaviza directed a trilogy of internationally award-winning short films: Rafa (Golden Bear at Berlinale’12 and Ingmar Bergman Award at Uppsala); Arena (Palme d'Or at Cannes’09); and Cerro Negro (premiere at Rotterdam). The short film High Cities of Bones premiered at Berlinale 2017. Chuva é a Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora, is his most recent feature film.