Feature Narrative Competition | 74 min | 2020


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About the Film

On the outskirts of London, a Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises with their deaf daughter at school, the British social services become concerned for the safety of their children. The film portrays the tireless battle of these immigrant parents against strict laws in attempts to keep their children at home and their family intact. Listen won the Lion of the Future Award for a Debut Film as well as the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 77th Venice Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2020
Length 74 min
Language English, Portuguese, British Sign Language
Country United Kingdom, Portugal

Film Credits

Director Ana Rocha De Sousa
Screenplay Ana Rocha De Sousa, Aaron Brookner, Paula Vaccaro
Cinematography Hattie Beanland
Music Nessi Gomes
Editing Tomás Baltazar
Producer Rodrigo Areias, Aaron Brookner, Paula Vaccaro 
Production Company Pinball London, Bando a Parte
Sound Design
Sound Pedro Marinho
Cast Lúcia Moniz, Sophia Myles, Ruben Garcia, Maisie Sly, Kiran Sonia Sawar, James Felner

Film Contacts

Directed by: Ana Rocha De Sousa

Born in 1978 in Lisbon, Portugal, Ana Rocha De Sousa completed her fine arts degree in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, where she developed her passion for the power of the visual image in photography and film. In 2010, she moved to London to study film after several years of working as an actress and studying art in multiple forms. She has a special interest in observational storytelling methods. Listen is her first feature film.