Leonor Noivo

2021 Portugal DOC/FIC 28 '

Maria starts getting signs of belonging elsewhere: scales appear on the skin, roots in her legs, and she hears the sound of water – she dreams of being fish. One day her daughter faces her mother’s disappearance and will reconstruct, by the memory of gestures and mismatches, a possible explanation for her escape.


Leonor Noivo studied Architecture and Photography before joining the Lisbon Theatre and Film School ( in 1997, where she specialized in Editing and Directing. In 2006 she attended the Documentary Filmmaking course of Ateliers Varan at the C. Gulbenkian Foundation. Since 1999 she is a script-supervisor and assistant director in fiction films and documentaries. She collaborated several artists of the performance area, creating contents and video installations. In 2008 co-founded the Cinema Production company Terratreme Films. Since then she has developed her work, alongside with directing, as a producer in the coordination and monitoring of fiction and documentary projects. She directed the films Aside Macao (2001), Mould (2005), InsideOut (2005), Assembly (2006), Airport (2006), Excursion (2007), Later Day Saints (2009), Basic School 26 (2009), Other Letters or the Invented Love (2012), The City and the Sun (2012), Capeia (2015), September (2016).