Atlantic Heart

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Cape Verde | 2016 | 87 minutes | Robbie McCallum

After losing their dog amid the chaos of Mardi Gras on the African island country of Cape Verde, teenage siblings Lucas and Telma begin a quest that leads them through bars, bordellos, and back streets, exposing them to the harsh realities of island life.

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An exotic island off the coast of West Africa with a rich colonial past, Cape Verde is the home of Lucas and Telma, two teen siblings of a largely absent alcoholic father who are scraping by any way they can. While Telma is largely absent with her new boyfriend, Lucas finds himself on a life-altering journey as he struggles to find a puppy he has inherited. The Carnival celebration is about to begin and the authorities are rounding up and killing all the feral dogs in the city, which sends Lucas frantically searching every favela and street market to find the puppy and get him a collar. Throughout his odyssey, he will encounter his gambling father, be surreally accosted by a gang of painted "natives," and uncover that his sister has fallen into a challenging situation much more serious than she comprehends. Writer/director Robbie McCallum captures the seedy underbelly of paradise with an engrossing story told with tremendous authenticity and community collaboration. Featuring wonderfully naturalistic performances from his young performers, Atlantic Heart is a view of a culture seldom seen and not easily forgotten.

Director Biography
Atlantic Heart may be Robbie McCallum's first feature film, but his short films have already earned him a BAFTA nomination and a position as a BBC Talent finalist, as well as awards at the Santa Monica Film Festival and at the Dallas International Film Festival.

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  • Original Language Title: Coração Atlântico
  • Director: Robbie McCallum
  • Principal Cast: Elton Medina, Aurizania Monteiro, Julio Brito, Christian Neves, José "Bana" Delgado
  • Country: Cape Verde, United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Sue Ferguson, Sarah Wilby
  • Screenplay: Robbie McCallum
  • Cinematographers: PJ Palomaki
  • Editors: John MacDonald
  • Music: The Insects
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Kriolu
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP