LUKAS BERGER Mário Gajo de Carvalho

2019 Portugal DOC / EXP 15 '

Circus culture is a space of diversity, cooperation and integration. A magical space with real people. Circus Movements was shot with circus kids from Ethiopia - Liya and Beza, doing the hula hoop; Habtamnesh, doing the aerial hoop; and the Beniyam, only 5 years old, performing acrobatics. Collectively, they are great circus artists performing in the magnificent landscapes of Ethiopia.


Lukas Berger worked on photography and film projects in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Burkina Faso, Russia and many European countries. His first film "Circus Debere Berhan" (2015) had the world premiere in 20th Milano Film Festival and was screened at more than 30 film festivals, winning 2 international awards. Circus Movements (2019) premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival in USA and was selected for the 68th Melbourne Film Festival, 16th Vienna Shorts and 23rd PÖFF Shorts.

Mário Gajo de Carvalho has 4 university diplomas in Arts and Cinema. His first short is The Millionaires, which premiered and was awarded at IndieLisboa 2011. He directed the short The Boy and the Owl which had the premiere at the 29th CineMagic in UK and co-directed Circus Movements.