Writer | Director | Producer: Bernardo Nascimento
UK | Portugal
North Atlantic is the directorial debut of Portuguese writer, Bernardo Nascimento. Nascimento spent his childhood living between Lisbon and Madeira, a small island in the middle of the Atlantic, where he no doubt drew inspiration for this, his first film.
Set on Corvo (of the Azores Islands) in the North Atlantic ocean, the film covers a routine night shift for a lighthouse keeper, when he receives a distress call from a lost pilot.
As the film continues, it shows subtle but extraordinary humanity between strangers. It depicts the humbling vastness of the universe and the minuscule place humans occupy within it. The film does not however, disregard the importance of simple actions that can bridge the distance between us.
Understated and simple dialogue are the key to this touching film, and the director isn’t afraid of silence or a slow plot- this only adds to its poignancy. The seemingly stagnant start makes for a very rewarding end, well worth the 15 minutes. You will get chills.