Director of Photography:
Rüdiger Vogler Patrick Bauchau Teresa Salgueiro and Madredeus
Manoel de Oliveira
Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin
story starts with a postcard and a rather cryptic message:
Phil, I cannot continue m.o.s.! -- S.O.S.! -- Come to
Lisbon with all your stuff a.s.a.p.! Big hug, Fritz."
is who? And what do all those abbreviations mean? The
SOS of course, is obvious, and a.s.a.p. only strengthens
the urgency: come AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. But m.o.s.?
if you work in movies you might know that M.O.S. is
an old and rather strange word for "silent," and that
the expression came up in the late twenties meaning
we soon understand that the postcard was sent by a film
director, Friedrich Monroe, to his friend Phillip Winter,
a sound engineer. Friedrich has started a movie in Lisbon
on a very romantic notion -- he wanted to do it "as
if the whole history of cinema hadn't happened, shooting
all on his own, a man alone in the streets, with an
old hand-cranking camera, just like Buster Keaton in
Well, Friedrich failed, and when he realized he had
painted himself into a corner, he called Winter for
help, hoping "that your microphones could pull my images
out of their darkness, that sound could save the day."